CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA West
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 26th-29th, 2017 - Registration is currently closed. Opens in the Fall.
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
DUE TO HIGH DEMAND OUR CAMP IS SOLD OUT AND WE HAD TO STOP TAKING REGISTRATIONS. TO GET ON OUR MAILING LIST SCROLL DOWN BELOW AND ENTER YOUR E-MAIL TO BE THE FIRST TO HEAR ABOUT FUTURE REGISTRATIONS.
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 is closed.
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!
with Colleen Doyle
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/
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 Daiquiri, Babymakers, and in the first sketch revue at the Mission Theater, Trap.
Shut Up and Move
with Ithamar Enriquez
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.
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
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.
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
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.
with Lloyd Ahlquist
This class will focus on improvising form with content. Finding patterns and structural themes not only inside scenes and games but within the framework of an improvised piece itself. What is this show? What form does it want to be naturally and how can we as an ensemble identify it together. Seriously, it’s sexier than it sounds.
Teaching & Coaching
with Karen Graci
***THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ALL CAMPERS WHO CHOOSE TO ATTEND.
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