CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA West
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 26th - 29th, 2023
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.
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.
- $525 Tuition - All Inclusive - Meals, Lodging, Workshops and more!
- $535 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.
*COVID-19 Update: Improv Utopia will follow all CDC, State and City COVID19 Guidelines and will update campers of any changes or restrictions that will be enforced during the time of camp. Vaccines are required at camp.
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: 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: POWER OUT OF THE GATE
with Rebecca Sohn
You know that excruciating 10-20 seconds at the beginning of the scene when nobody knows what's happening and you start to feel the back of your neck heat up? Then suddenly you're stuck in your head judging everything you did or didn't do and now you've just missed the only line of dialogue that happened? Yeah, that sux. Let's get creative choices started before your butt leaves the back wall. You'll feel empowered to know how little it takes, if you only know what to grab onto. Bonus gift: This makes any scene of any length way easier to play.
Rebecca Sohn is an alum of The Second City Chicago, and an ensemble member of The Annoyance Theatre and No Stakes Theatre Project. She’s been improvising for 34+ years, starting with Bay Area Theatre Sports, where she joined her teachers onstage in two-act plays and musicals in styles ranging from Women’s Prison Movies to Shakespeare. In Chicago she improvised, wrote, co-created, acted in, directed and/or understudied 367 different theatrical shows for the stage, including improv, sketch, ‘legit’ plays, duo sketch and duo improv. She improvised dramatic two-act plays with Almost Atlanta at iO and Steppenwolf and has written three solo shows including the smash hit, “My Solo Show of All Duets starring Shirley Lame”. She’s toured with the improv groups Switchboard, Virgin Daiquiri and Screwpuppies and has been a guest of TJ & Dave, Messing with a Friend, Asssscat at UCB NY, Quartet at iO West and Soundtrack at UCB Franklin. TV credits include AP Bio, Teachers and Shrink.
Rebecca Sohn has been teaching improv for 26+ years for The Annoyance Theatre and Second City Chicago as well as independently and in the corporate environment. She’s taken her skills far and wide, from Kansas City, Missouri to Bangalore, India. With a background in dance, voice and theater, she brings a grounded physical, vocal and emotional approach to scene work and characters. Her natural talent for coaxing students to courageously explore and expand their abilities and belief in themselves has made her a sought-after teacher.
Workshop: Owning the Stage
with Kristen Schier
A great improviser can command a room and engage the audience with both subtle and bold choices alike. In this workshop we will focus on improvising with confidence. We will run exercises and games that will promote trusting your own ideas no matter how silly simple or weird, and performing with confidence. I am a fan of honest and encouraging feedback and building a supportive space where we can work towards finding our personal swagger and charm. Together we can chip away at the lies that fear tells us in the moment and discover we are, in fact, compelling. The moment does not require one to be clever or witty, but present and fully engaged - to show up with confidence and commit. We came to see you play. Show up! You are enough!
Kristen Schier has extensive improv teaching, directing, and performing experience. She holds a BFA in Performing Arts from the University of the Arts where she taught Acting for Non-Majors, Improvisation for the Actor, and first-year Acting Studio. She has toured all over the country teaching and performing at various festivals such as the Seattle Festival of Improvised Theater, Chicago Improv Festival, Vancouver International Improv Festival, Boom Chicago Comedy Festival in Amsterdam, and more. Kristen is the former Co-Artistic Director of Curious Comedy in Portland Oregon and former Improv Producer at the Philly Improv Theater. She has studied improv at Second City, Magnet Theater, and Annoyance. Kristen has also studied Physical Theater, clown, extensively with Pig Iron Theater company and Movement Theater Studio.
Workshop: The Moment of Change
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 a “Master Teacher” at the Alaska State Improv Festival in 2017 and has been a headlining act and instructor at the KC Improv Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy festival, and Seattle Festival of Improv Theatre, among others.
Marcus has taught improv to companies such as Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Airbnb, & Ebay 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 240 hours of curriculum for Moment Improv Theatre and currently teaches 3-5 classes per week. An interesting thing to note, Marcus is also the founder of one of the first African American owned improv theatres and training centers in the United States, established in 2014.
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