CAMP IMPROV UTOPIA West
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 27th - 30th, 2022
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.
Registration Now Open!!!
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.
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: 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