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The Zen of Improv: One-Day Intensive with Pam Victor

  • The Mopco Improv Theatre 10 North Jay Street Schenectady, NY, 12305 United States (map)

Take the improv rules you’ve carefully learned. And (lovingly) throw ‘'em out the window.

What you need lies right in front of you. In this delicious one- or two-day intensive, you’ll immerse yourself in a uniquely natural and self-affirming approach to discovery-based, longform improvisation. You’ll focus on being more aware of the scene that’s revealing itself onstage and following where the scene wants to go…while letting go of the need to work so damn hard and “make stuff up.”

This mindful approach is developed in part from what Pam Victor learned over the two years of writing Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book with legendary improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi.

Together you’ll practice:

  • improvising one small step at a time by paying attention at the ninja detective level

  • seeking joy and effortlessness in our scenework

  • focusing on emotional relationship rather than words in a scene

  • utilizing “Heat” and “Weight” to discover existing relationship between characters

  • performing from a place of ease and joy, and trust in yourself, your scene partners improvisation, and the moment

  • playing the scene in the here and now

Join Pam for the Zen of Improv: it’s good for the stage and it’s good for the soul!

"Pam's workshop fundamentally changed the way I think about improv (and life!). In just 2 days I went from overthinking, always judging myself (and sometimes others), and constantly planning my next move to being comfortable with the unknown and letting things happen and be discovered naturally...She gave me permission to be myself, and then helped me realize that I didn't need that permission in the first place. I will remember these two days for a long, long time to come!"

-Vera Didur, Zen of Improv Two-Day Intensive at Finest City Improv (San Diego, CA)

About Pam Victor:

Pam Victor is an improv comedian, author, teacher, consultant, and nice person. She is the founder and Head of Happiness of Happier Valley Comedy, the epicenter of improv in Western Mass, where Pam teaches The Zen of Improv to the best students in the world as well as bringing the power of improvisation to the workplace in her "Through Laughter" program.  TJ Jagodowski,  David Pasquesi, and Pam are the co-authors of "Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ and Dave Book."   She lives online at Unless you're a meanie, Pam would probably like you.


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