Playful improvisational theater class to inspire spontaneity & creativity
THIS is NOT traditional theater improvisation. You have no responsibility to be creative, interesting, funny, or talented. The goals are, first and foremost, to be present with yourself and your surroundings, and second, to notice the creative discoveries of yourself and others. Only then do we respond to those discoveries through simple techniques and exercises.
What this experience can do for you:
~ Build your presence – own a room, a moment, an audience, the attention of a passerby.
~ Increase your confidence – and know you can rise to any public occasion and any moment.
~ Grow and connect with your creative impulses, and escape your clichés.
~ Find your voice, and improve and extend it.
~ Learn to sing with singers, move with movers, and keep up with quick and agile speakers.
~ Discover more beauty in more moments, and have a richer sensory experience in your everyday life.
Whether you are a daydreamer, writer, singer, dancer, or simply a curious person seeking to live more fully, Kelman’s work will enhance your creativity and add another level to your experience of your art and your daily life.
The class is based on the work of Scott Kelman. He was a practitioner and teacher of alternative theater and improvisation for over 50 years, and a celebrated director in LA. He taught in Portland from the 1990’s until his death in 2007. He created a body-centered form of improvisation and presence in which participants explore with abandon within defined constraints. His goal was to cultivate fresh, deep creativity, authenticity, and presence on and off stage. Kelman’s influences ranged from The Marx Brothers to The Living Theater, and Eastern culture to Western jazz. The LA Times once described Kelman¹s work as “for anyone hungering for artistic integrity, vitality and a touch of the bizarre.” Doing his work can be a creative adventure, spiritual exploration, a magical fusing of an ensemble, or simply a collection of fully lived moments. It is also Big Fun. For more information about Scott Kelman’s work, see the British “The Kelman Group” website: kelmangroup.com/workshopIntro.php
“It was AMAZING! It was very interesting for me. Like dance for the mind.” – Sarah Saito.
“There are some folks that have been doing this work for 15 years… And they take such good care of us newbies. It is an honor to be able to play with them! And it’s awesome fun!” – Kirsten Olsen.
“Carlton’s a great teacher. He makes it accessible for newcomers while committing to creating a work of art by the end of each class.” – Sharon Porter
For more information, please contact Carlton: firstname.lastname@example.org