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

Tim Orr

Tim Orr – Opportunities for Physical Engagement

April 15th & 16th, 2023
Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm (with an hour break for lunch)

When we’re improvising, let’s bring our bodies along for the ride!
In this workshop, we’ll play with how we can physically engage with:

– the space
– objects
– other people
– the greater environment

Developing these skills brings a level of kinetic energy to our scene work that’s thrilling! And, it makes improv easier, which is great too!


Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz
Limited enrollment.
Register: Email Topdog

2020 Master Series Workshops

Rafe Chase - May 16th - 17th, 2020

Rafe Chase

Rafe Chase – Acting Long Form

May 16th & 17th, 2020
Saturday, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, 10:30am – 4:30pm

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.
Registration coming soon.

Clifford & Dixie - July 5th, 2020


Sunday, July 5th, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $100

Details coming soon.

Tim Orr - September 6th, 2020

Sunday, September 6th, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $100

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.
Stay tuned for registration.
Clifford & Dixie - December 6th, 2020


Sunday, December 6th, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $100

Details coming soon.


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.