CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA West
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 28th - 31st, 2021
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.
Cancelled for 2020 - We will return next year!
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!
Workshop: Fast and Fun!
with Patrick Rowland
On the stage improv can move faster than light, in this workshop This workshop teaches folks how to play for quicker pacing, just like the award-winning group 3Peat. How tight can you be as an ensemble? We’ll work on techniques to improve trust and playing harder that will improve the dynamics and add much-needed energy to any show. After this workshop you will leave being able to spot the "game of the scene quicker, get out of your head, and just have fun with your team.
Workshop: Group Scenes
with Katy Schutte
Group scenes can sometimes seem busy and daunting, but a good group scene can be both easy to play and a total delight for the audience. Learn a whole cache of tools and tactics to keep your group scenes patient, funny and grounded no matter the style or setting. Learn when a show needs a group scene and how to initiate and support in a group.
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.
Workshop: Creating Characters
with Betsaida LeBron
Many improvisers get in a rut of playing caricatures or slightly altered versions of themselves, which can result in unrealistic and predictable characters that are not sustainable. Believable characters with depth are more fun to play and more entertaining to watch! This workshop will stretch you beyond your "go-to" characters in improv and provide you with specific tools and techniques to enable you to create a broad range of characters. Come play and unleash the cast of characters inside you! This workshop is highly physical. We will use our bodies to find and create characters different than ourselves.
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.
Workshop: Moment of Change: Anything is Everything
with Marcus Sams
When the Moment of Change occurs will you be aware enough. present enough, and connected enough to be affected enough to move the improv scene forward? We are storytellers and no matter what type of long form improv you perform, when the moment strikes, inspiration always follows if we are available. Through a unique approach, improvisers will learn to listen at a deeper level allowing them to notice the smallest of details internally and externally. By committing to the moment you will find yourself more present, engaged, and more authentically connected to each moment, making the path ahead a no-brainer.
Inspiration comes from listening with the eyes, the ears, and most importantly, the heart. Learn to let the scene effortlessly emerge by getting out of its way and yielding to the moment of change.
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.
Workshop: Start Strong!
with Angela Oliver
This workshop will focus on the first few seconds of an improv scene and help players of all levels gain confidence in trusting their instincts to guide them in initiating a scene with a strong choice. Participants will be led through warm-ups and side-coached through exercises that will encourage them to play to their strengths and use what’s unique to them to start with a strong initiation. Explore the improv joys of giving yourself and your scene partner the gift of beginning the scene with a clear and empowering initiation!
Start Strong! will cover:
Strong Initiation Tools - Emotions, Physicality, Specificity, Environment & Object Work
Angela Oliver is a professional touring improv/sketch comedy actor and teaching artist with 10+ years of dedicated experience in utilizing improvisation and interdisciplinary performance art to engage, empower and advocate for underrepresented voices. She is a teacher and resident director at the Annoyance Theatre Chicago and Second City Chicago actor. Angela is also a proud ensemble member of the highly-praised, award winning all WOC improv team, Matt Damon Improv, with whom she has co-facilitated and slayed many a festival stage and empowerment workshop.
She loves facilitating spaces that make people feel safe to try new things in front of strangers and connect with people of all ages and walks of life. Her recent teaching highlights include, developing and facilitating improv and theatre arts programming for the Jane Addams Hull House Museum in Chicago to make this art more accessible and empower underrepresented voices. Angela loves that improv provides a platform for people from all walks of life to listen, engage, and be actively present together. Her teaching philosophy centers around empowering players to trust their gut, listen through with empathy and become more confident in making choices that empower them in their play.
If she could offer one bit of advice to improv students on their journey it would be this…
Be kind and patient with yourself. Try not to fall into the “compare and despair” trap in art and in life. Trust your instincts. Remember to take care of yourself when you’re getting those reps in. Your growth as an artist is not separate from your growth as a human being. Have fun!
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