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Randy Dixon Workshops


We’re bringing improv instructor, theater owner and improviser Randy Dixon all the way from Unexpected Productions in Seattle. He’s a unique, fascinating teacher and one of the few true synthesizers of the various philosophies of improvisation (Johnstone, Del Close, etc.). Check out the workshop offerings and get registered!

Saturday, May 19, 10am-12:30pm
Personal Storytelling
How to use aspects of your own life to inform your improvisation and find deeper meaning for your audiences through your work. If you’re not using your own experience, you are wasting a valuable resource.

Saturday, May 19, 1pm-3:30pm
Intuitive Authentic Improvisation
Improvisation given back to the intuitive, wrestling it from the hands of the intellectual and creative. Improv that puts content over comedy. Or more accurately, content expressed through comedy versus “anything for a laugh.”
The workshop will explore the beauty of simplicity by going back to some basics and learning to execute them really well with trust in each other.

Randy Dixon is regarded as one of the most experienced improvisational artists in the field. He is a founding member of Unexpected Productions, Seattle’s longest running improvisational theater company and has served as the company’s Artistic Director since 1988. During his tenure Unexpected Productions has established a reputation of presenting high-quality shows, classes and workshops. He is the founder and curator of the influential Seattle International Festival of Improvisation, which occurs annually.

Randy has taught improvisational theater and acting all over Europe, Australia, New Zealand, U.S. and Canada as well as at Colleges and Universities. He has taught most of the major improvisational troupes in Europe. His work has influenced groups such as Theater Im Bahnhof of Austria, Die Gorillias & Hidden Shakespeare of Germany, Crumbs and Instant Theatre of Canada.

He is also the founder and director of Orcas Island Project, an international collective of performers who will be premiering their new work AfterLife in Slovenia in 2011. In addition he has a new group called Pinky Benson, which will be premiering in Seattle in 2011.

His approach to improvisation has been influenced by his work and studies with late Del Close (creator of the Harold), the late Paul Sills (creator of Second City), and Keith Johnstone (Author of Impro). He combines this extensive training with his interest and education in Mythological Studies.

Outside of his improvisational work, Randy has written plays, served on the board for Theater Puget Sound and Seattle Sketchfest, served on the editorial board for the Salt Journal a journal of Myth, Religion, Psychology and Ideas, and served on the advisory board of Foolproof: the Northwest Comedy Festival.

$50 / 2.5 hours / Limited Space / **Class held at Hideout Studios – 2505 E 6th St, Unit C