CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA East
August 31 - September 3, 2018 (Labor Day Weekend)
Stroudsburg, PA at Camp Trout Lake
Our annual camp is a 4 day, 3 night retreat for adults 18 and over and takes place at Camp Trout Lake, hidden away in the beautiful Pocono Mountains near Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Improvisers from all over the world come together and learn improv from nationally renowned teachers. This three-night camping experience includes improv workshops from top instructors, camp activities like archery, lake swimming and kayaking. Your accommodations are great too with cabin camping with private showers and bathrooms, all your meals and much more. Camp is a relaxed environment to learn while experiencing camaraderie, community and nature.
Registration for 2018 is Now Open!
- $470 Early Registration price until May, 1 2018
- $485 Late Registration May 2, 2018 to camp.
- $485 Payment Plan Available - 2 Pay Plan
CAMP TUITION INCLUDES
Tuition is All-Inclusive! You get:
- Workshops: 10 hours of workshops from master improv teachers! Performances: Improv jams and shows with your cabinmates!
- Camp Activities: Archery, kayaking, swimming, campfires, volleyball, basketball and so much more!
- Lodging: Shared cabins with private bathrooms, showers and electricity.
- Food: All meals are included and prepared by professional kitchen staff. Special dietary and allergy-friendly meals are available, too!
- Improv Summit: An opportunity to ask our expert panel any questions regarding improv, business, legal, marketing and more!
- Community: Meet improvisors from all over the world... community and camaraderie in nature!
with Megan Gray
Megan is the Artistic Director of the Magnet Theater, a writer, performer and native New Yorker. She has performed with Second City aboard the NCL Gem and is a member of Magnet's resident team "Junior Varsity." She can be seen in such notable shows as "The Armando Diaz Experience" and "The Cast." Megan also produces and hosts the monthly female improv show "We Might Just Kiss."
In addition to teaching Level One, Level Four: Busy Town and the Lady Party class, Megan has taught improvisation at C.W. Post University, Brookdale Community College, Fairfield University, Columbia Business School and festivals around the country. She has studied improv at the Magnet and the UCB Theatre with Armando Diaz, Kevin Dorff, Christina Gausas, Dave Pasquesi, TJ Jagodowski, Jean Villepique, Joe Bill, Dave Razowsky and many others.
Megan graduated with a degree in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has written for MTV2 and Comedy Central online. She has appeared on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and "Late Show With David Letterman." In her spare time, she travels the country performing improv with Magnet Theater's Touring Company. In conclusion, Megan wishes you'd call her more.
with Dave Hill
Dave Hill is a Chicago native and veteran improvisational performer, writer and actor who has been performing at IO (Chicago and West) for several years. Trained at ImprovOlympic, the Annoyance Theater and the Second City, he was a member of the celebrated house team People of Earth at IO Chicago in addition to performing with numerous other wonderful ensembles including Atlantis and Jimmy Jimmy Do. Here at IO West he performs with King Ten and Cog as well as regularly appearing in the Armando show and the occasional sketch affair. He has done several commercials and TV and film work, but he does not think it germane to this biography.
Dave can be seen performing with King Ten, The Cherry Pick, The Armando Show, Hill / Jones
with Ashley Comeau
Ashley Comeau is an improviser, producer, actor, instructor and writer from Canada. Ashley is a Second City alumna who wrote and starred in three revues at The Second City Toronto which garnered her a Dora nomination and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination. She was named Best Female Improviser in Toronto from NOW Magazine’s “Best Of Awards 2015”.
She performs all over the world with her comedy duo – The Lusty Mannequins. It is comprised of Ashley and her partner, Second City alum Connor Thompson. They’ve performed and taught in Ireland, Spain, Germany, England, Canada, USA, on the high seas* (*with Second City Theatricals), and they just got back from headlining the first Mama City Improv Festival in South Africa (which she co-produced).
Select improv shows include; Songbuster – An Improvised Musical (Factory Theatre, Bad Dog Theatre), Theatresports (Bad Dog Theatre), Patron’s Pick Winner, Best of Fringe Winner, and the Ed Mirvish Award-winning People Suck (Toronto Fringe). She has performed with the likes of Colin Mochrie, Robin Duke, Martin Short and John Cleese. You can catch her currently on Degrassi: Next Class as science teacher Ms. Badger and on Odd Squad as the evil villain Jamie Jam!
She loves improv so much that she was just named Head of Improv Programs A-E at Second City Training Centre in Toronto!
She writes and acts and produces for TV and stage now, used to be a tour guide, and almost became a funeral director. That pretty much sums her up. You can follow her on Twitter here: @ashleycomeau
with Anděl Sudik
Anděl Sudik is a director, improviser, actor and writer based in Chicago. She wrote and performed in the Jeff Award award winning Second City ETC revue “We’re All in this Room Together” as well as produced countless successful two-man shows as Arch&Anděl(The Public House, Annoyance, OoB Festival.) She is also an alum of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and was a staff writer for Comedy Central News Netherlands. She currently performs at iO Chicago with Chaos Theory and Armando and directs at the Second City(Touring Company, HouseCo.)
She is a faculty member of the Second City Training Center programs; A-E, Conservatory, Advanced and Teen and Youth program and has taught her workshops all over the world(The Improv Shop St. Louis, Monkey Business Institute Madison, OLLIE Northwestern, CLIP U of C, Thy Neighbor’s Goat Bucharest, Dublin, OKC, The Improv Retreat, WI etc.)
Anděl’s deep well of performance experience makes her perspective unique as a director and teacher. Her hands on, in depth work within the disciplines of long form improvisation, short form, sketch and theater make her a thoroughly well-rounded and open minded conduit for art, creation, polish and playfulness.
She values time efficiency, and recognizes that the most powerful thing we bring to the table is us . Whatever we are. She does not update her website enough. YesAndel.Com
with Woody Fu
About Woody Fu
Woody is a comedic actor/writer who trained at UCB and Magnet in New York. He has performed with Baby Wants Candy and Boom Chicago. One of his career highlights is when he said his name and hundreds of screaming teenagers hooted like maniacs.
with John Windmueller
with Jacque Arend
Jacque Arend started improvising in 2005. Her first dose of education came from IO Chicago’s summer intensive. Since, she has been improvising, gaining experience and knowledge any way she can. She co-founded The Torch Theatre in 2007. There she is an instructor, coach and regular perfomer. Jacque is a founding member of Mail Order Bride and Light Rail Pirates in 2006, two Torch house teams that still perform today. She also performs regularly with MuChuChu, JaxN Reed and the Neighborhood along with other side projects. Jacque has played on Mainstage of the Phoenix Improv Festival for the last eight years. Recently she has performed in the 2015 Los Angelas Improv Festival, Pittsburgh Comedy Festival and Hollywood Improv Festival.
Jacque created and instructs the improv focuses at the Arizona Actors Academy. She also teaches the teens in the Torch youth programs and facilitates corporate training. Jacque has done several team building workshops for big corporations and small non-profits focusing on positive communication and social skills.
with Wendy Penrod
Wendy is a founding member of OTC Comedy and the current Artistic Director. She has been studying and performing improvisational theatre for over 15 years. She also a member of Pawn Takes Queen and has performed internationally. Wendy co-founded both the Red Rocks Improv Festival and Ye Olde Improv Competition. She is currently one of OTC Comedy's instructors and has taught improv to people of all ages for over 10 years.
with Lauren Morris
Lauren Morris is the founder and director of AdLib Theatre Company as well as the Executive Producer for the Central Florida Improv Festival.
Lauren studied improv at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar with Mick Napier and with Paul Vaillancourt (co-Founder of iO West) at iO West. She has taken workshops and classes with such improv notables as Kevin Mullaney, Jill Bernard, Rebecca and Rich Sohn, Adal Rifai, Susan Messing, and Mark Sutton and members of the UCB Theater in New York City.
Lauren hosts The Improv Teachers (winner of Best of Improv Podcasts, 2017, PlayerFM). A weekly podcast dedicated to discussing the art of teaching improv. Guests include Jill Bernard, Will Hines, Jimmy Carrane, Karen Graci, and Nick Armstrong.
Additionally, she is a veteran of numerous improv festivals where she has been invited to perform and teach. Most recent festivals include Femprovisor Festival in San Francisco, Duofest in Philadelphia, Palm Beach Improv Festival, San Diego Improv Fest and internationally at the Ireland Improv Festival.
Lauren also directs and produces including original works from local playwrights via The Playwright’s Round Table and The Orlando Fringe Festival.
As a writer, Lauren has been featured in publications such as Razed, Slackjaw, Belladonna, MockMom, Points in Case, and Robot Butt. She honed her satire skills via Second City.
Camp is one of the best improv experiences that I could have had. To be in a place where everyone loves improv as much as you do is such a rush. The teachers are supportive and are invested in your learning. The view is awe striking and I always wanted seconds at meal times. You truly do make amazing friends and memories there.
Christina L - Los Angeles, CA