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ON DEMAND: Virtual Capabilities Panel

In Improv, the assumption is that all team members are the same high energy level, the same age range (20-30s), the same physical capabilities and are neuro typical. 

But, that is not the case. So, how can we support our teammates of differing abilities?

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F.A.M. Fest

From Another Mother Improv Festival Friday, June 17th & Saturday June 18th @The BIG Theater in Baltimore, Maryland Mission Statement The F.A.M. Fest (From Another Mother Festival) is an improv showcase designed to explicitly center and uplift Black improvisers and comedians by creatively showcasing the expansive Black experience and exposing the art of improv to…

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Diversity and Inclusion

Hello Campers Past, Present, and Future! It has been a couple of months since my position as Diversity and Inclusion Manager of Improv Camp Utopia was announced. In those short couple of months so much has happened! The Holidays came and went, it snowed in Chicago, it was freezing in Chicago, and then the temperature…

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A Camper Experience: Cam Rau – Yosemite Camp 2018

For over eighteen months I heard Eric reminisce and recall each and every improv experience from his course work at Unscrewed Theater in Tucson.  Our Friday and Saturday nights would be planted in the audience soaking up inspiration for him.  All the while, he kept insisting that I should take classes and join him on…

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A Year of Reflection

Hey campers! 2018 has been a supremely challenging year for camp and me personally. We opened our first international camp north of Dublin, Ireland in the beginning of May. Opening a new camp is always a very difficult and long process and takes a lot out of our staff, Ireland took more then two years…

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A Common Language

Okay, the dust has settled a bit. No rest, heading to West Camp next week. But very excited. Our newest camp in Ireland bumps right next to our original camp. I can’t help to feel a tad nostalgic. When I started Improv Utopia 8 years ago I would have never thought it would be in…

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Just What I Needed – By Alex Lee

Photo by Ryan Smith Camp Improv Utopia East was such an amazing experience last year that I couldn’t wait to come back. I met some wonderful people, took workshops with great teachers, and kayaked around Trout Lake. One year later, I was dreading my return. I was about to be surrounded by much more experienced…

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For the Love of Improv

Another camp season is down. We did 3 camps in a matter of 4 months with Yosemite, East and West. Next year it will be four when we add Ireland into the mix. We’ve had over 1,300 campers attend over our 7 years with 13 camps in total. We’ve donated thousands of dollars back into…

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My Cup Runneth Over!

Another West Camp breezed by like a flash from Mike McFarland’s camera. It seems it gets faster every year. I sometimes wish time could slow down every camp weekend. This year marked the 7th CIU West and boy it was amazing and refreshing. I’ve been out of sorts as of late and haven’t felt like…

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