CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA East
September 8 - September 11 (Fri - Mon) 2017
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.
Prices Include: Camp is all inclusive, Co-ed cabin-camping (Single-sex cabins upon request), 8 meals, workshops and all camp activities are included in your tuition.
- Early Bird Registration - $460 until March 1, 2017
- Late Registration - $475 March 1, 2017 till September 8, 2017
- Payment Plan: Two Pay Plan - $485 ($200 first payment the rest in 30 days.) *Payment Plan available up to 60 days before camp.
There is a one time non-refundable PayPal convenience fee of $10 to each charge above.
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 Craig Cackowski
Craig Cackowski hails from the great state of Virgina, the Mother of Presidents, where he attended the venerable College of William and Mary. He first began improvising as a member of W. & M.'s troupe I.T., and moved to Chicago with a B.A. in Theatre, and an intent to become a serious actor. That quest was sidetracked after his first improv class with Charna Halpern at the Improv Olympic, and forever abandoned after studying for a year with the great Del Close, the guru of longform improv comedy. It was at iO Chicago that Craig first met and worked with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico, in various groups and teams, including Mr. Blonde, Faulty Wiring, Baby Wants Candy, Close Quarters and The Armando Diaz Experience, Theatrical Movement and Hootenanny. Craig coached many teams in Chicago, including the long-running Frank Booth, and directed such shows as JTS Brown. Craig has taught for iO Chicago and iO West since 1995, and is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Craig also worked as an actor for The Second City in Chicago, touring the country (and Austria) with the National Touring Company, and appearing in and co-writing five revues on their Equity stages, including History Repaints Itself, Slaughterhouse 5, Cattle 0, and the Jeff-nominated The Revelation Will Not Be Televised. Craig has also worked as a director and teacher for Second City (currently on the staff of Second City LA) and sailed the high seas as a SC cast member on the Norwegian Gem.
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2002, Craig has appeared on television in Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiam, and three (so far!) episodes of Community. He has also been in numerous short films, commercials YouTube sketches, and Mike White's critically acclaimed Year Of The Dog, starring Molly Shannon.
In addition to his work with Dasariski, Craig may be seen around town in such shows as The Armando Show, My First Time With Cacky (both at iO West), North Wells Chowder Society (Second City) and ASSSSCAT (UCB Theater).
with Carla Cackowski
Carla Cackowski is an improviser, actor, writer, teacher, podcaster, and nap-lover. She toured all over Europe, Alaska, and the Caribbean performing sketch comedy and improv with The Second City. She currently teaches improvisation and directs sketch shows at Second City Hollywood. Carla is also a solo performance artist, having written and performed five solo shows that were produced in Los Angeles. She directs other people's solo shows too. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has done voiceover work on shows for ABC Family, TBS, and Disney. Her comedic monologues have been published in anthologies by APPLAUSE BOOKS. She is the host of "Improv Yak", a shop-talk podcast about improv comedy. She is also featured regularly on Craig Cackowski's podcast, "Craig's List", and occasionally on Paul F. Tompkin's podcast, "Spontaneanation". Most recently, Carla has written for sketch shows on PBS Kids and Dreamworks TV.
with Hannah Chase
Hannah Chase is an instructor, director, and performer at the Magnet Theater in New York City. Since she first discovered improv in 2002, she has been lucky enough to study and work with some truly fantastic teachers from New York, LA, Chicago, and in between. Hannah has taught at festivals and theaters across the country and in Canada, and she performs weekly in New York with her long-running Magnet team, The Music Industry. She also created and directs the weekly show The Cast, which was described as "one of the most exciting improv shows in New York City.... the perfect show for comedy and theater fans alike" by Elise Czajkowski, comedy journalist for the New York Times.
with Rick Andrews
Rick Andrews is a teacher and performer at The Magnet Theater, and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. He began improvising with Improv Boston, and continued with a stint in Saint Louis, MO. He has been fortunate to learn from many improv greats, including Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Will Luera, Jill Bernard, and more.
Rick has taught workshops at improv festivals across the country, including the Boston Improv Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, Black Box Atlanta, and many more. He has taught improvisation to people as old as 75 and as young as 6, and has done workshops for production companies and zoos alike.
He enjoys running, putting words on pages, thinking about the brain, and he loves improv more than anything.
with Justin & Kelly
About Justin & Kelly
Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters are two of America's foremost independent improvisers. As the duo From Justin to Kelly, they spend most of their time on tour, performing and teaching at theaters and festivals around the country; over the past two years, they have given over 100 shows and workshops in 22 different states. Their signature form is the Walter, a minimalistic monoscene that emphasizes silence, eye contact, and total commitment to the moment. Off stage, they promote a DIY ethos that encourages improvisers to find their own voices and own their own work. They are based in New York City, where they are the founders of Countdown Theater, a roaming pop-up improv collaborative. With Glassworks, they are the organizers of the Basement Improv Summit. They spend a lot of time in the car, talking about the radio.
with Ashley Comeau
Ashley Comeau is an improviser, producer, actor and writer hailing from Toronto, 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”.
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