IMPROV UTOPIA Ireland
April 24 - 27, 2020
Newgrange Lodge in Newgrange Ireland (50 Minutes North of Dublin)
Our international retreat is a three-night improv retreat for adults 21 and over and happens in early July. It takes place in Ireland at the Newgrange Lodge North of Dublin. Newgrange itself is a prehistoric monument that was built in 3200BC which makes it older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge. It is heavily featured throughout Irish folklore and legends. Improvisers from all over the world come together and learn improv from internationally renowned teachers. This three-night retreat experience includes improv workshops, camp activities, private showers and bathrooms, all your meals and much more. This retreat is a relaxed environment to learn while experiencing community, camaraderie, and nature. All levels of experience welcome. Master instructors we've had in the past are Craig Cackowski, Dave Razowsky, Susan Messing, Joe Bill and many more.
"As someone relatively new to improv, this was an amazing experience in a very supportive and safe environment. It doesn't matter your level of experience, everyone will make you feel welcome." - Kate M
Prices Include: Camp is all inclusive, Co-ed rooms (Single-sex cabins upon request), 8 meals, workshops included.
- Registration - $480 USD
- Payment Plan: Two Pay Plan - $495 USD ($250 USD first payment the rest in 30 days.) *Payment Plan available up to 30 days before camp.
- ROOM UPGRADES: (First come, first serve)
- Single Room - $200 (Queen Bed for a couple to share)
- Double Room - $150 Each (Shared with one person)
- Triple Room - $100 Each (Shared with three people)
- Four to a Room - $50 Each (Shared with Four people)
- Regular Rooms are a part of your registration fee and can be 6 to 12 people per room.
There is a one time non-refundable 2.3% + $0.30 fee added to each transaction.
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!
- Lodging: Shared rooms with private bathrooms, showers and electricity. Upgrades available.
- Food: All meals are included. Special dietary and allergy-friendly meals are available, too!
- Community: Meet improvisors from all over the world... community and camaraderie in nature!
Workshop: Get Real
with Hannah Chase
In this class, we'll explore the power and humor of truthful behavior in scenes. We'll dig into all of the occasionally squirmy, sometimes absurd, and often sweet ways that we interact with others, in order to give our scenework a little boost of heart and authenticity.
About Hannah Chase
Hannah Chase is the Megawatt Director, as well as an instructor and performer at the Magnet Theater. She first discovered improv in 2002, and has studied and worked with some truly fantastic teachers and performers across the country over the last 16 years.
You can see Hannah perform on Thursdays with her Block Party team, The Music Industry, and on Saturdays in the Armando Diaz Experience. Hannah has also performed at dozens of improv festivals across the country.
Hannah has created and directed a number of shows at the Magnet including The Cast, which plays on Saturday nights at the Magnet and which Elise Czajkowski (comedy journalist for the New York Times) called "One of the most exciting improv shows in New York City.... the perfect show for comedy and theater fans alike." Hannah also created and directs The Blob, a Time Out NY Recommended Comedy Pick, as well as a number of other recurring shows.
Outside of The Magnet, you can hear Hannah's voice in a number of Truth podcasts. In her free time, she loves alphabetizing lists, editing films, trying on other people's glasses, learning about the brain, and reading and writing medical memoir comics. She's still working on her website. It's been five years.
Workshop: The Who is Where the Heart is
with Susan Harrison
Who are the people in your scene? What do they care about? How do they feel about each other? Sometimes as improvisers we can get so caught up in the plot or premise of the scene that we forget about the people in it. But if we figure out the Who then, more often than not, the rest will follow.
This workshop will look at characterisation, playing relationships, and making stuff matter to the characters you create, in a fun and playful way.
Susan has been improvising for ten years and has been a member of Olivier Award Winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical for the past seven, performing with them on the West End, throughout the UK, Toronto, Edinburgh, Ireland & beyond. She is part of the improv duo BEINGS & co-hosts an improvised podcast Hayley and Ruth:Two Starswith comedian Gemma Arrowsmith. She has performed in several of the Annual London 50 Hour Improvathon’s, alongside improvisers from all over the world. She is a teacher for Hoopla Impro London and has taught at numerous other Improv and Acting schools such as; Monkeytoast, ALRA, GSA, The Actors Centre and The Bridge.
She is currently developing an improvised show with folk music called These Folk which had its debut at Welcome 2019, The International Improv Festival in Rome.
Susan also does scripted work. She was a series regular in BAFTA winning CBBC sketch show Class Dismissed and a series regular in the CBBC spoof news show DNN, for whom she wrote and created her own characters. Theatre credits include: Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Mischief Theatre/West End), The Elephantom (National Theatre/West End), Bagpuss (Soho Theatre) to name a few.
Workshop: Listening 2.0
with Rick Andrews
Listening in a scene goes beyond just hearing the words your scene partner said. It's about taking in every small detail available to you: tone, body language, stage picture. Good listeners put themselves in their scene partner's shoes to see the scene as they see it. Our essential task as an improviser boils down to, "What do I think this other person thinks is true?" In this workshop, we'll endeavor to do that really, really...really well.
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 co-produces Duofest, an annual festival of improv duos in Philly, PA. 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.
Workshop: The Power of Character
with Devin Bockrath
“The Power of Character” focuses on celebrating the unique voice of every performer and aims to unlock the range of characters within everyone. We explore the power of strong emotional choices, externals, and the use of object work and environment to build a character with clear points of view and patterns of behavior. This workshop is for anyone who feels stuck, rusty, bored, or simply in need of a refresher on the core strategies of great scene work.
Devin Bockrath is a New York based improviser, actor, writer and sketch comedian. As a Chicago native, she trained with the Annoyanceand iO Theaters. During her time in Chicago she was lucky to perform with some amazing Harold and independent groups including The Other Other Guys, Superhuman, DMNK, The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour, Invisible World, an original sketch show directed by Mick Napier; and NBC Universal’s Sketch Showcase, directed by Mick Napierand produced by Lou Wallach (The Chappelle Show).Upon moving to New York, she continued her training as an actor with The Atlantic Theater School’s Professional Conservatory. And began teaching sketch and improv for the Annoyance Theater’s NY location, where she developed a uniquely female driven improv workshop, Set Bitch Free, inspired by the powerful women of her girl group Superhuman. She currently teaches for the Brooklyn Comedy Collective, and continues to perform as an actor and comedian in New York. Devin has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, and has been featured in comedic shorts on IFC andComedy Central. Most recently she was cast in a short film, To The Moon, alongside John Reynolds(Netflix’s Stranger Things, TBS Search Party, Hulu’sFour Weddings and a Funeral). And co-starred in a comedic drama, Amazing Bagel, playing opposite Tim Baltz (NBC’s Shrink, Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones).
Workshop: Mime and Object Work
with Cédric Marschal
This workshop focuses on a side-skill : miming and object and space work. Having a clear vision of your environment, the objects and furnitures that are around, the size and weight of the mimes you use, is an helpful friend to make your stories more true to you, your partners and the audience. It helps you react in a more consistent way, more grounded to the reality of your scene. In this workshop we will train our bodies to play truly in our imaginary environments, to make them more visible to us and the audience. It finds its inspiration in Lecoq's work, clown, commedia dell'arte. Let's take your mime in hand !
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