Improvisation Theatre Class

June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
1823 9th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Welcome to our Improv Theatre Class,

We meet on Saturdays from 10am-1pm in the Parish Hall behind the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on 9th Street at Hearst in Berkeley, CA.

Doors and kitchen open at 9:45am. Please consider stopping by early to help set up, enjoy a cup of tea and the company of your classmates.

Newcomers are welcome to attend any class.

Please contact Mike Dempsey with any questions or concerns.

Classes are offered on a dana (generosity) basis.

This week we will focus on listening and taking things slowly. With luck, we’ll hit that sweet spot between high energy and easy confidence. There’ll be a lot to get through. So please come on time. We’ll warm up right at 10am and then dive into scene work.

Until Saturday, I leave you with the following:


“Art is a symbol of human feeling.” — Susanne Langer
Now briefly consider symbolic meaning. It is the meaning of affect in the most elementary form. By affects and our affections – affections are something more elaborate than affects – we have our orientation in life, in the world. They reveal the direction of our living, our attitudes to the world, to other persons, to things. A symbol is an image that either induces an affect, causes the affect to arise, or on the other hand expresses an affect – one has the affect first and the image emerges. Further, images that are symbols, that is, expressions or causes of affects, also reveal the attitude and the orientation of a person in the world and towards other persons.” — Bernard Lonergan
“Improvisors so often feel like they don’t know what to say or do.They feel blocked. They feel stuck, feel confused. What counts is noting that feeling and letting it run its course through your already performing body, your already performing soul. For in that moment, your body and soul are revealing a symbol of that feeling. The trick is not to worry about it. Don’t worry about feeling stuck. Feel stuck! Let body and soul collaborate as they do, so that everything they symbolize resonates through you and in the rest of us.” — Dell Close

Much Metta,


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