I feel drawn to work with veterans who are re-adjusting and returning to life in the normally crazy world. Improvisational Theater Games has been a healing place for me and others who are survivors of trauma. My idea is to work with a group, give them the skills to become an ensemble, capable of performing improvisationally created theater around “issues” we are dealing with in our lives, having fun, while getting our stories out there. Improv is a perfect medium for taking pain & problems for use as grist for the creative mill, at least the way I do it. But the group I envision must also have in it people who might ordinarilly take a workshop with me, who have not gone through the experience of an actual war, yet have their own heroic survivor journey to explore.
It’s become a reality! I have a group of people who have just started an improv theater workshop with me on Tuesday evenings at the newly formed Veteran’s Community Media Center on Market St. across from FLAX. I LOVE THIS GROUP!!! I think this is a really cool idea. The right people are being drawn to it. We play.
We laugh a LOT!
There’s room for a couple more people of the “civilian” catagory. I want people to know about it and magnetize other people who would love to get into a newly forming improv group, directed by a brilliant, highly experienced teacher/coach/director, who happens to be me.
Interested? Let me know.
For over 40 years I’ve played & led improv Theater Games that I learned from their creator, the great innovator, Viola Spolin. It has often occured to me that if everyone knew how to play Theater Games, the world would transform. People would blossom into their full, creative potential, groups would learn to be mutually supportive and we would live in peace. That’s the next stage of human evolution.
I’m looking for people who want to play in that game.
November 16, 2013
Tagged acting, confidence, creative, empowerment, fearless, fun, healing, improv, improvisation, recreation, self expression, speaking, spontaneous, veterans
The SF Integrative Health Networking Meetup is hosting a screening of a video of LEFTOVERS. See one of the last, live performances by the co-creators, Marcia Kimmell, Deah Schwartz and Anne Wilford. Using psychodramatic improvisation and writing, the three women created a theater piece for their own healing process and discovered, from overwhelmingly positive audience response, they’d hit a nerve.
If you can relate to this issue and the addiction to perfection, please join us on Sunday, June 2nd, 4:30 PM at
bodyFi Studio, 2310 Mission St. (at 19th St.) San Francisco.
For more info., donation & to RSVP (space is limited), go to:
A discussion follows the video.
Come to a special screening of the video of LEFTOVERS, a three woman show about compulsive eating & recovery. See why this heartfelt, entertaining and insightful show played to sold-out houses on the West Coast and made it to an 11 week off-Broadway run! It has been a healing experience for countless people who have seen it over the years. Discussion follows the video.
Where: bodyFi Studio
2310 Mission (at 19th St.)
When: Sunday, June 2nd, 4:30 PM
Donation: Between $10 – $25 (sliding scale).
Hosted by the SF Integrative Health Network Meetup http://www.meetup.com/SF-Integrative-Health-Network/events/117015992/ and Theater Residencies, Inc.
For more info. go to the Meetup or contact Marcia Kimmell firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEFTOVERS was co-written by Marcia Kimmell, Deah Schwartz and Anne Wilford, using improvisation, psychodrama and writing.
I LOVE Palo Alto! The people who are taking my Theater Games workshop there totally “get” what these deceptively simple, ensemble acting exercises are all about. We bring out our creativity within the safety of a group. The trust level we must have to do this is profoundly important, if we are to actualize our full potential. Otherwise we are all in the closet. Maybe we let ourselves out after a few drinks or a drug, but not in the dog-eat-dog world in which we live, work and try to love.
I NEED A SAFE PLACE TO PLAY – Somewhere, it must be ok for me to take risks with other human beings and not worry that I’ll look “bad” or be judged. So I created that space for myself and others – The Next Stage.
San Francisco folks, I did not forget you. I am now putting together a new Theater Games workshop for you. I’m looking for a space on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Please let me know, if you have a preference.
My best to you all -
“Calling all children hiding out
in their grown-up bodies
who long to be joyful, funful, freeful…
Come out, come out, wherever you are
and play in the now-sun of your Life!”
- Rusty Berkus, Life is a Gift