CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA West
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 24th-27th, 2019
Cambria, CA at Camp Ocean Pines
Our annual camp is a three-night retreat for adults 18 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.
WEST CAMP PRICES 2019
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.
- $480 Early Registration price until November 1, 2017
- $495 Late Registration price November 2 on.
- $495 Payment Plan Available - 2 Pay Plan
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 Kristen Schier
If we only explore and play in our comfort zone, we'll never know what we're truly capable of. In this workshop, improvisers will be asked to push and their level of emotional and physical commitment past their usual zone of performance, making sure no performance is casual and letting no offer remain mundane. Through various exercises and scene work, improvisers will not only be asked to give MORE, but to think about where to put their energy to best yield powerful results.
In addition to teaching and directing Kristen brings extensive performance experience in both scripted and unscripted theater, as well as clown. Kristen has toured both internationally and around the country performing, teaching and headlining at improv festivals in Seattle, Edmonton, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Boston, Montreal, Providence, Austin, DC, Baltimore and Detroit - to name a few.
Kristen has a BFA in the Performing Arts from The University of the Arts Ira Brind School of Theater, where she was a Senior Lecturer having taught Acting for Non-Majors, Freshmen Acting Studio and Improvisation for the Actor.
In addition to training she received at UArts Kristen continued to pursue her education in long-form improvisation with The Second City in Chicago, The Annoyance Theater in Chicago and The Magnet Theater in New York as well as physical theater through Pig Iron and The Movement Theater Studio in New York City.
Workshop: Out of Character
with Gillian Bellinger
We all hear coaches, teachers and actors talk about character, but what does that mean? How does one build a character, become a character, stick to a character, what actually is a character? This 3 hour workshop will define what character means and add tools to your toolbox to create characters, sustain characters, and build scene "Out of Character".
Gillian Bellinger is currently on faculty at The Second City Hollywood, Westside Comedy Theater, and Intentional Acting Studio. She has been a guest teacher at Curious Comedy Theater, Finest City Improv, All Out Comedy, and Think Fast Improv. She studied improv in Chicago at The Second City, I.O. Theater, and The Annoyance Theater. Gillian is very fancy and attended The London Academy of Theatre and The National Theater Institute. She's played for Second City House teams in LA and Chicago, ComedySportz Chicago and Minneapolis, the Del Tones at I.O. West, and is the Creator of Second City's Premium Musical- Trump in Space. She can currently be seen with her long form team County Line and in Trump in Space. Her personal website is www.gillianbellinger.com.
with Will Luera
We are constantly bombarded with thoughts on what these mean. Some people feel that Emotions are key...some feel that Relationships are key...and others feel that its all about the game. This workshop will show you how are three are talking about the same thing but just from different perspectives.
with Douglas Sarine
The sticky, messy stuff of life is not the wants, but the WHY behind those wants. This workshop identifies and strengthens the tools we use to play with motivation; consistent motivation that keeps us present and engaged in the scene. We’ll work through accessing character history, emotion and thoughts to explore and explode the realm of WHY.
Douglas is an improviser and producer living in Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of iO West and The Second City L.A. where his credits include improv and sketch shows such as The Armando Show, The Hootenanny, Goal, God Squad, and Lloyd Dobbler’s Boombox. He fell in love with improv over 20 years ago and they are still together today. He's thrilled each time he gets to perform, teach or coach improv and is grateful to have done all three at theaters and festivals countrywide. He is the co-creator of the Webby award-winning series Ask A Ninja, as well as working on a ridiculous number of Internet shows and videos. He’s been on TV shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Monk, Mythbusters, and Jimmy Kimmel Live and you can occasionally hear his voice telling you to buy stuff or watch movies.
Workshop: Pirate, Robot, Ninja: Finding Your Strengths
with Billy Merritt
Billy Merritt has been a performer, teacher, and director with the UCB Theatre since it first opened in New York. He is a founding member of improv groups The Swarm, and The Stepfathers in New York, and The Smokes in Los Angeles. As a teacher Billy has developed many improvised longform shows. Such as, The Documentary, Improvised One Acts, The Ninja, Murder Murder, Robot Theatre, and the Holiday Spectacular. His TV credits include MTV's Boiling Points, Best Week Ever, Reno 911, Law and Order, Workaholics, Happy Endings, Weeds, Parks and Rec., Brooklyn Nine Nine, and Another Period. He was the host of "Uncorked" with Billy Merritt, a food, wine and travel show that can still be seen on Hulu. Billy's voice can be heard on the new Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, and can currently be seen on IFC in the Divorced Dad Cooking Show shorts as well as Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy coming soon on Sony Digital's Crackle.
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