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CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA West

WHEN

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 26th-29th, 2017 - Registration is currently closed. Opens in the Fall.

WHERE

WHAT

Cambria, CA at Camp Ocean Pines

Our annual camp is a three-night retreat for adults 18 and over and happens every Memorial Day Weekend in May. It takes place at Camp Ocean Pines, nestled on the Central California Coast in Cambria, near San Luis Obispo. Improvisers from all over the country come together and learn improv from nationally renowned teachers. This three-night camping experience includes improv workshops, camp activities like archery and axe throwing, 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.

CAMP PRICES 2017

SOLD OUT

DUE TO HIGH DEMAND OUR CAMP IS SOLD OUT AND WE HAD TO STOP TAKING REGISTRATIONS. LOOK FOR OUR YOSEMITE AND EAST CAMP TO OPEN REGISTRATIONS IN THE COMING MONTHS!

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.

  • Camp Registration will open in September.
  • Full Payment $460 until October 31, 2016
  • Full Payment $475 after November 1, 2016 to May 2017
  • Payment Plan: $475 - 2 Pay Plan - $200 deposit the rest due in 30 days after registration.

*There is a one time PayPal non-refundable convenience fee of $10

CAMP TUITION INCLUDES

Tuition is All-Inclusive! You get:

  • Workshops: Over 10 hours of workshops from master improv teachers! Performances: Improv jams and shows with your cabinmates!
  • Camp Activities: Archery, axe throwing, hiking, campfires 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!

CAMP INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOPS

Empowered Improv
with Colleen Doyle

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Workshop

Despite the got-your-back mentality of all good improvisers, it's easy to become judgmental of our fellow players choices. This attitude can be brought on by ham-fisted initiations, repeatedly being made to play low-status, being labeled or painted in a stereotypical way, or always being expected to play your actual gender/sexuality/race/religion. Since we are not able to control everyone else, let's take control of ourselves to--whatever the situation--be able to put up good, fun scenes. We will use difficult initiations, labels and situations to work our lemons-into-lemonade muscles and come out ready and able to make everyone look good.

About Colleen

Colleen Doyle grew up in Cleveland where she wrote greeting cards and was a part of the cast that opened The Second City Cleveland. She is currently the iO West Artistic Director. She has made appearances in the indie features Close Quarters and Open Tables as well as the NYTVF Best Comedy Pilot, Shrink. Colleen taught at iO Chicago for the past five years (Teacher of the Year 2014) and performed with the lovely ladies of Virgin DaiquiriBabymakers, and in the first sketch revue at the Mission Theater, Trap.

Shut Up and Move
with Ithamar Enriquez

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Workshop

Why do we choose to only stand and talk to each other in scenes, when we are able to BE ANYWHERE, BE ANYONE and DO ANYTHING we want on stage! Put your body back into your scene work, and use it! Get out of your head and into your body!

Ithamar will share some of his techniques, inspirations, music and practices to help create a better sense of what you can do physically on stage.

About Ithamar

Ithamar Enriquez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After graduating with a degree in Music Theatre from Arizona State, Ithamar moved to Chicago to pursue his career in improvisation and sketch comedy. In Chicago Ithamar became a resident member of the famous Second City Company, where he performed and wrote in the touring company, ETC and Main Stage.

Since moving to LA, he has added teaching and directing to his Second City resume. As an actor, writer and director, Ithamar has been featured at The Comedy Central Stage in LA as well as The Austin Sketch Fest.  Acting credits include: Arrested Development, Key and Peele, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Raising Hope, Law and Order: LA, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Promotion and numerous national commercials.

Our Thing & My Thing
with Jason Shotts

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Workshop

Relationship goes deeper than Doctor/Patient or Roommates, so what’s “Our Thing” gonna be? Couple that with “My Thing” and you’ll never ask yourself “What’s next?” in a scene again.

About Jason

Jason Shotts has been performing improv for audiences since 2003. Currently in Los Angeles and performing at the iO West Theater, he performs in the two-person improv show Dummy (winner of the iO Chicago’s Del Award for “Best Improv Show” in 2013 and 2014) as well as the Harold team Secret Twin and The Armando Diaz Experience.

He’s been teaching improv for the past 10 years and received the iO Chicago’s Del Award for “Best Teacher” in 2011 and 2013.

He’s performed and taught improv in London, Rome, Copenhagen, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Miami, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Traverse City and Gainesville.

Strip down the Game and Make it Broad 
with Amey Goerlich

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Workshop

See how you can strip down the game of the scene to its bare bones and broaden its possibilities. Take the mystery out of what ‘the funny’ of the scene is and know what it is.  With these game skills you’ll start to make magical connections that help you create the ultimate ensemble improv piece.

About Amey

Amey is the only female in the 15 year-old UCB indie quartet known as KROMPF. She teaches her KROMPF & Game classes independently in NYC & in LA currently at Westside Comedy Theatre and through Improv Training Hub. She has taught her Krompf workshop at many improv festivals around the country, most recently at the Tampa Bay Improv Festival & Omaha Improv Festival. She runs The Improvisation Training Hub in NYC & LA and was the Host and Coordinator of Indie Cage Match at UCBeast from 2011-2016. She was also the Artistic Director of the virtual theatre E-MPROV. A long form improviser since 2001 at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC, she has coached over 400+ long form improv teams. She has studied under Armando Diaz, Ian Roberts, Kevin Mullaney, Michael Delaney and many others. Directed/Coached UCB Maude Teams, Killgore The Musical (asst. director/art director), The Documentary UCB class (co-teacher w/ Billy Merrit). She performs with her improv teams in NYC - Spoiled Space Monkeys, Fart Police, Chica go go and at DCM every year with KROMPF and Wicked Fuckin’ Queeah. She also is performing with her house team Lucy at M.I. Westside Comedy Theatre. Check out her web series Best Cupcakes in the World on YouTube. You can also hear her talk improv on Jimmy Carranes Improv Nerd Podcast taped at The Steelstacks Improv Fest 2015 & The recent Improv Resource center podcast with Kevin Mullaney. — with Amey Goerlich.

TBA
with Lloyd Ahlquist

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Workshop

TBA

About Lloyd

Lloyd Ahlquist (or EpicLLOYD as he's known online) is an accomplished improviser, emcee and actor.  He's the co-creator of the Emmy nominated web series Epic Rap Battles of History which has garnished over 2.5 billion views, 14 million subscribers, 12 Gold Records and 11 Streamy Awards.
Lloyd is also a founding member of Mission IMPROVable and has toured all over the world performing and teaching improv comedy.
He's an owner of The Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica and was the original Training Center Director where he wrote and developed its' initial training center curriculum.  Lloyd has coached numerous successful improv teams including the Harold Award Winning U.S.S Rock-n-Roll.
Ahlquist trained in Chicago at the Improv Olympic, Second City and Annoyance Theatre.

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