“Laughter is the glue to loving life.” -- unknown author

Regina Saisi

Color and Action: an Improv Workshop taught by Clifford and Dixie. 

A One-Day Improv Workshop
Sunday, June 9, 10am – 4pm
Broadway Playhouse

We want to teach you how to paint your surroundings and feel the full effect of the imaginary worlds we create. The more you see them the more you live them. Beef up your space object work. Learn to color a scene to make it real.

The worlds we create in improv are infinite, the only limits what we ourselves set through lack of coloring the scene and interacting with our environment.

In coloring the scene, we say what we see—which involves actually seeing it, smelling it, hearing it. Action often requires spatial mime, creating a believable location through what we do.

Both coloring scenes and interacting with our environment take practice. It’s easy to forget how to hold a broom when you don’t actually have one in your hand; easy to forget to notice—let alone interact—with the weather in a scene. And there are tricks too, that help create the fantasty illusion of Improv.

So come join us for a day of exploration, and honing these skills. Commit to making your Improv the most magical experience it can be.

Cost: $75. Must have some Improv experience.
Registration starts May 18th. Limited enrollment.
To register, shoot us an email.
We’ll get back to you in the order the emails are received.



Esalen Improv Workshop

Improv: Expanding Yourself with Laughter
March 3rd – 8th, 2019
Taught by Dixie Cox and Clifford Henderson



Yes! We’re heading back to Big Sur next Spring to teach another 5-day workshop at Esalen Institute. Join us for the ultimate experiential “Personal Retreat. This will be our 11th year to teach at Esalen.

Work your wit; activate your imagination, creativity, and spontaneity.

Improv is all the rage these days. Actress Emma Stone says: “You know how sports teach kids teamwork and how to be strong and brave and confident? Improv was my sport. I learned how to not waffle and how to hold a conversation, how to take risks and actually be excited to fail.”

In this positive workshop, participants are guided through simple improv exercises aimed at personal expansion. Using the tenants of improv, such as trust and spontaneity, participants are encouraged to say “Yes” to situations offered to them by the group. We will also explore one of improv’s most compelling tools: status, the human pecking order. Participants familiarize themselves with the subtle clues they send and receive defining their status, and have a chance to try new body language and status choices.

 It’s trying news ways of being without real-life consequences. It’s hilarious. It’s deep. It’s getting to the truth via the funny bone.

 Rejuvenate your spirit through experiential play and laughter.

 What past participants have said:

“It’s helped me become more of me.”

“It’s more fun than a ride on a fire truck!”

Check out Esalen Institute and all the possibilities.

Pamper yourself at this beautiful location on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, with hot mineral bathes, gourmet food, and our 5-day Improv workshop. It all happens March 3rd – 8th, 2019. It doesn’t get any better than this! Rejuvenate yourself with fun and laughter at this world class Retreat Center.

Prices start at $675 and go up according to your sleeping accommodations. One price covers everything.

2019 Master Series Workshops

Tim Orr - February 24, 2019

Improv Workshop taught by Tim Orr

Sunday, Feb. 24th, 10am – 4pm

Cost: $90

We’ve asked Tim Orr to come down to teach again! Tim is an International Improv Performer and Teacher. Known in the Bay Area for his work at BATS, Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, and the Improv troupe of “3 for All“. He’s a great teacher too.
Here’s what he wants to teach. He describes it this way…
Scene Starts/ Entry Points
One of the most fascinating and rewarding things about scene work is the process of beginning scenes – what do we do and how do we do it? Are we in the beginning/middle/end? What is our staging, emotion, context, activity, etc,?
Let’s keep pushing ourselves and our partners to be open to any and all kinds of scene starts!
That’s TIM ORR, Sunday, Feb. 24th, 10 AM- 4 PM, $90




Rafe Chase - April 13th - April 14th, 2019

Rafe Chase

Rafe Chase – Acting Long Form

April 13 &14, 2019
Saturday, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Be “other people” and have their feelings as you explore the style and depth of acting needed to sustain an extended narrative.   Through exercises and longform scenes, Rafe will help you learn to inhabit the moment your character is living, while staying open to the joys and surprises that improv can bring.

Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz
Limited enrollment. Now registering.
Email topdog@funinstitute.com to register today!