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

Regina Saisi


Direct Feedback for Improvisors
Guest Teacher Regina Saisi
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
10:30 – 4:30, Broadway Playhouse

About Regina:
A favorite with the Fun Institute, and former dean of BATS school of Improv, Regina Saisi is a San Francisco-based actor and improviser. She is an instructor at the Studio A.C.T. and Marin School District where she also directs. She has taught at Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz , California Institute of the Art and KAUST in Saudi Arabia. She has has taught internationally in Belgium, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, Lebanon, and most recently China. A pioneer in the development of long-form improv, she is a founding member of the improvisational theatre companies True Fiction Magazine and Pulp Playhouse, and is a Company member of BATS Improv.

Direct Feedback for Improvisors
Want to up your game as an improvisor? Have something in particular you want help with? Regina Saisi has an eagle eye and is a master at helping improvisors become the best that they can be. She’s fun too. Expect plenty of scenework and lots of lively discussion. Some Improv experience required.

Drop us an email to register. Limited enrollment.

Then send your $100 dollar check made to Fun Institute to:
PO Box 861
Santa Cruz, CA. 95061-0861



Regina Saisi


Be the Player Everyone Wants to Play With
Taught by Dixie Cox and Clifford Henderson
Sunday, April 5th, 10:30- 4:30, Broadway Playhouse


It’s a great feeling when people want to play with you, and this workshop will focus on the skills to make you that improvisor. Learn new ways to connect with your partner. Drop your doubts. Live the scene. You are enough. Feedback and private side-coaching will be included. Our aim is to make you look good! Some experience required.

Must register, cost-$100, Limited enrollment.

Drop us an email to register.

Then send your $100 dollar check made to Fun Institute to:
PO Box 861
Santa Cruz, CA. 95061-0861





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.