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CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA East

WHEN

August 29 - September 2, 2019 (Labor Day Weekend)

WHERE

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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 will open in 2019

  • $480 Early Registration price until May 1, 2019
  • $495 Late Registration May 2, 2019 to camp.
  • $495 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!

CAMP INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOPS

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About Amanda

Amanda Blake Davis is an actress, improviser and writer living in Los Angeles. She trained in Chicago and is a veteran of The Second City etc stage where she wrote and performed in five original revues, including Disposable NationCampaign Supernova and Studs Terkel's Not Working, for which she won a Jeff Award for Best Actress in a revue. She performed Twist Your Dickens! at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City in the role of Tiny Tim, et al. She was part of the hit show Undateable at The Second City Hollywood. She can be seen improvising musicals with Baby Wants Candy  at UCB Sunset, and seen performing long form with Heyday and Triumph at various theaters around LA.

 

 

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with Rachel Rosenthal

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About Rachel

Rachel Rosenthal is an improviser and improv instructor with over 17 years’ experience. She is also a free-style rapper. She performs weekly in New York City with free-style rapping Hip Hop comedy team, North Coast, (“Top 10 Comedy Show” - Time Out NY) and with Blank! The Improvised Musical (Off-Broadway). An award-winning instructor, Rachel has led improv workshops all over the world from Barcelona to Iceland to Hawaii and has been a faculty improv instructor at The Peoples Improv Theater, Miami Ad School, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, and at Reckless Theatre in NYC.  Once called an “improv whirlwind” by The Huffington Post, Rachel tours nationally and internationally with both North Coast and with free-form team, Big Bang. Prior to moving to New York, Rachel also worked at ImprovBoston for 8 years.  Rachel is also a writer, storyteller and actress and has been featured on VH1, MTV, and on several podcasts and radio shows including “This American Life,” “Risk!,” Slate’s “The Gist,” and WBUR’s “You’re the Expert.” More at www.theraeroshow.com or on social media at @raeroshow.

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About Bill

Bill Arnett, founder of the Chicago Improv Studio and author of The Complete Improviser, is known as a good-natured teacher with an empowering approach to improv. He started improvising at the University of Florida in 1992 before moving to Chicago in 1998. He has been a part of several acclaimed ensembles including People of Earth, Maximum Party Zone and 3033. After 12 years of teaching at the iO Theater and 18 months as the Training Center Director Bill left to start the Chicago Improv Studio, a stage-focused training and performance company that takes a non-traditional approach to improv. More information about the Improv Studio and a link to Bill’s long-running blog can be found at chicagoimprovstudio.com

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with Jacque Arend

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About Jacque 

Jacque Arend started improvising in 2005. Her first dose of education came from IO Chicago's summer intensive. She co-founded The Torch Theatre (Phoenix, Arizona) in 2007 and was a collaborator on their training program. Her focuses include Ensemble Performance, Advanced Formats, as well as various workshop focuses including Deconstruction. Jacque is the lead instructor for The Torch Theatre's Corporate Team Building program and administers the training center. She also instructs the improv/comedy programs for actors at Arizona Actors Academy and is the registration coordinator for Camp Improv Utopia.

Jacque is a regular performer with a handful of ongoing troupes, such as Light Rail Pirates, JaxN Reed, Skewed News Hour and MuChuChu. Jacque has played on main stage of the Phoenix Improv Festival for the last eleven years. Recently she has performed at the 2016 District Improv Festival, 2017 Del Close Marathon and the last three years of the San Diego Improv Festival. She has brought her workshops to the District & San Diego Fest as well as Camp Improv Utopia East.

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with PJ Jacokes

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About PJ

Pj Jacokes had been officially improvising since 1997. He is the Producer and a Co-owner of the Go Comedy! Improv Theater, which just celebrated their 10th anniversary, in Ferndale, MI. Pj helped create GoU: The Improv Academy - Go Comedy's training program. Prior to opening GO!, Pj performed at The Improv Inferno in Ann Arbor, MI. At The Second City, Detroit - he was an Actor in the Touring Company, a Stage Manager for the Resident Company and as the Head Instructor of The Second City, Detroit Conservatory. Pj is a co-producer and co-founder of the Detroit Improv Festival. Outside of improv,  Pj has been a comedy consultant for an adult novelty company, performed as an elf for a holiday app, and co-starred in the Hungry Howies “Ad Guys” spots for 8 years, Pj has acted on stage and little screens for all of this millennium, including starring in the short film, “Victor” and across from Eminem in “Em, Where Ya Been?”.  He has co-written over 25 sketch comedy shows, as well as TV, web and radio commercials, a television pilot, and two-thirds of his great American novel.

 

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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