That Darn What – Michael Gellman Workshop

Sunday, June 28, 2020


We all say Who What and Where in improvisation, but the WHAT is always the most difficult to nail down. We’ll discover the three major types of “WHAT” needed to create scenic and character action.  Acting is a verb and the WHAT is our characters call to action.

Enroll in All Four Workshops

Michael Gellman Workshops

In these four Workshops Michael will lead an exploration of the acclaimed “long form” techniques he and Del Close developed in the first year of iO and in his book – Process: An Improviser’s Journey. The participants will gain tools used to create long form improvisation and fully improvised plays as well as tools discovered within Canadas’ collective theatre movement and Second City.

For centuries, Improvisation has been theatre created by actors for actors.   From the days of Commedia dell Arte to modern day performance, Improvisation has become an essential part of an actor’s tool kit.  It is simply acting without a script.

Modern day Improvisation began as a playful method of training actors through the creation of story and the actors’ imagination.

These workshops are designed to bridge Improvised Acting with our traditional training and experience. Participants will be encouraged to expand their potential for creating inspired performance, explore as an ensemble and discover ways to:

  • Play and be truly present in the moment
  • Get out of our own way
  • Find our potential for creating unique characters with emotional and physical truth.
  • Trust ourselves and our characters in rehearsal and performance
  • Find the freedom to react and make discoveries in performance and script development.
  • Be a truly great ensemble member

Exciting and inspired performance comes from the courage to work outside of our comfort zones. Come – Let’s rediscover the play inside the play.