CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA West
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 22nd - 25th, 2020
Cambria, CA at Camp Ocean Pines
Our annual camp is a three-night retreat for adults 21 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.
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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.
- $495 Tuition - All Inclusive - Meals, Lodging, Workshops and more!
- $520 Payment Plan Available - 2 Pay Plan
- $250 Deposit and then in 30 days you pay the remainder
- Only available up to 40 days before camp.
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: 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, camaraderie in nature!
with Patrick Rowland
with Katy Schutte
Katy Schutte was one of the UK's vanguard of long form improvisers. She performs and teaches all over the world, is head-teach for Hoopla and Co-Artistic Director for The Maydays in the UK. Katy has been one of The Maydays since 2004, she is half of legendary sci-fi improv duo Project2 and author of The Improviser's Way: A Longform Workbook, which is published by Nick Hern Books.
A Funny Women finalist and both nominee and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award, Katy also starred in BAFTA winning online educational series History Bombs.
Katy performs with Knightmare Live and makes acclaimed theatre and comedy shows such as Schutte the Unromantic and folk horror play Let's Summon Demons. She is also a contributing writer for Cards Against Humanity.
with Betsaida LeBron
Betsaida LeBron is a veteran improviser with 13 years of experience in performing, directing, and teaching improv. She began performing with ComedySportz and is an alum of the iO-Chicago Improv Training Program and Bay Area Theatre Sports (BATS) in San Francisco. In 2011 she co-founded Blacktop Comedy Club in Rocklin, CA, and developed their improv education curriculum, facilitated drop-in improv workshops, and directed several improvised genre shows, including a Shakespearean romantic comedy, musical, western, and teen slasher horror film. She has served as a counselor at Camp Improv Utopia in PA and CA and taught improv workshops at the Auburn Hip-Hop Congress, San Francisco’s Femprovisor Fest, California Comedy Festival, and at theaters throughout Northern California and Nevada.
She performs with improv troupes MRI (Masters of Rap Improv), Kooky Pants, and Improv Jazz and co-facilitates POC Improv Space sponsored by the Sacramento Comedy Spot. She loves teaching and strongly believes that improv skills and life skills go hand-in-hand and that everyone has an inner child waiting to come out and play. For more information visit www.betsaidalebron.com.
with Marcus Sams
Marcus Sams is the founder of Moment Improv Theatre as well as the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Improv Festival. He has performed improv since 2001 and has been in 70+ national improv festival shows, including the “Secret Show” at the Chicago Improv Festival, where he opened for BassProv with his duo Liss n’ Sams, featuring Joe Liss of Second City. He was the “Master Teacher” a the Alaska State Improv Festival in 2017 and has been a headlining act and teacher at the KC Improv Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy festival, and Seattle Festival of Improv, to name a few.
Marcus has also taught improv to large companies such as Google, Microsoft, Airbnb, Ebay, & Electronic Arts to name a few in a long list. Marcus believes that improv skills are life skills and that anyone can participate in this magical and transformative art form. He has a systematic and heart-centric approach to improv that breaks down improv concepts to their core units and delivers usable tools to the working player. Marcus was originally trained as a stage actor and brings this respect for stagecraft and training to the improv world. He believes that improv is not a crap-shoot and that once one learns the craft of improv, it frees them up to experience a deeper level of play. Marcus has written over 240hrs of curriculum for Moment Improv Theatre and currently teaches 3-5 classes per week. An interesting thing to note, Marcus is also the only African American improv theatre and training center owner on the West Coast, Yes&, he hopes to influence and help change that within his lifetime.
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