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February 11-14, 2016


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Finest City Improv, San Diego, CA


This year’s workshops are selling out fast! Featured guest Susan Messing’s workshops are already sold out and Rachel Mason is getting close.

All other workshops are $40 each. For workshops that haven’t sold out, day-of price is $45.
Max participants is 14 per workshop.


3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Editing: Time. Space. Perspective.


Move past the sweep edit and tag out. This workshop will play with Transitional edits, Snatch edits, Fractured edits, Organic edits, Revolving Door edits, French edits, Bent Space, Time and Perspective edits. Appropriate for improvisers with long form performance experience who want to add new techniques to their repertoire.

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10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Protecting The Freak

Susan Messing

Sick and tired of blaming Humpy Girl and Creepy Boy for your onstage misfortunes? This workshop gives you easy tools so that you can play with ANYONE*.

*99% of the time. Cannot guarantee 1%.

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Scene Work Out

Rachael Mason

From Grounded to Bit-tastic the scene has all shapes but the foundation is the same. Learn how to progress a scene no matter what scene you are in.

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Pawn Takes Queen

Have you ever felt like the improv you play is frantic, chaotic, or impatient? Let’s slow down!

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3:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Susan Messing

Specificity: Where are we? Why am I here? What am I thinking? Get the basics out in a way that isn’t basic at allget specific and take your improvisation to the next level.

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Rachael Mason

After this workshop, starting scenes will never be hard again.

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Deep Tissue Listening

Marcus Sams

This 2.5 hour intensive is meant to help the improviser become a better listener on a deeper level.

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10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Playing Across the Gender Spectrum

Jill Eickmann

Through improvisation exercises and scene work, we will explore the infinite ways to express gender and how to comfortably and truthfully play characters across the gender spectrum.

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Playing from the Wings

Kevin Miller

The side of the stage is one of the most powerful places to be in improv. If you watch a scene passively, it might die on the stage. But with the right entrance, line, or sound effect, you can make it truly great.

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12:45 pm – 3:15 pm

The Aha! Moment

Drew Kersten

Your scene partner has inspired you, the light turns on and suddenly you realize what this scene could be about. You’ve had a split second of inspiration and might be experiencing the aha! moment. This workshop will explore how to recognize that you are being inspired and how to turn that moment into a fully realized improv scene.

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Character LifeCycle

Celeste Pechous

The Character LifeCycle class is a very intense study on character development for the intermediate to advanced improvisor. Students will work this challenging exercise by breathing life into one character and maintaining that character’s voice and body for the full 2.5 hours.

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Living and Dying for the Crowd


When a clown takes the stage, they never have permission to pull away. They live and die for the crowd.

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3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Keeping it Real

Tracy Cubbal

Free yourself from the burden of plot and explore the magical connection that happens between two people on a stage when both are prepared for anything to happen.

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How to be a Musical Improv Rockstar

Robot Teammate and the Accidental Party

For beginners and intermediate students of the craft, “How to be a Musical Improv Rockstar” will explore basic song structures and compositional tools from Robot Teammate’s unique narrative musical form.

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Mix & Mingle

Hey Valentine! As your hospitality committee, we want to make sure that you are getting the most fun and warm welcome that we can o er you. Circle “yes” to the awesome dates that we planned for your visit!


Open Jams

Friday & Saturday 6pm, Louisiana Room

What better way to make a friend than on the stage? Our open jams are your chance to get on stage in a low pressure situation to play with impro- visers from all over the country! Just show up and hop on stage!

Pool Party

Saturday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Lafayette Pool

Hey you bathing beauty, throw on your best suit and that SPF 70 and make your way down to the Lafayette pool for drinks, games and music by DJ Schrammy. In case of inclement weather, we will be hanging out in the lobby area of the Lafayette.

Brewery Crawl

Sunday 10:30 am – 2:50 pm, See Locations Below

Come taste the best North Park has to o er! Meet us at 10:30 am at Finest City on Sunday morning or at any of the bars on the route:

  • 10:50 am: Street Car Merchants / 4002 30th Street
  • 11:25 am: Toronado / 4026 30th Street
  • 12:00 pm: Rip Current Brewing / 4101 30th Street
  • 12:35 pm: Belching Beaver / 4223 30th Street
  • 1:10 pm: Tiger! Tiger! / 3025 El Cajon Blvd
  • 1:45 pm: Poor House Brewing Company / 4494 30th Street
  • 2:15 pm: Fall Brewing Company / 4242 30th Street



Live Wire, 2103 El Cajon Blvd

Come rock out with a beer down the street from the theater at Live Wire!


Red Fox Room, Lafayette Hotel

Nothing says love like a dark lit room, red vinyl seats, and a crooner at the piano. Come on by to the Red Fox Room, located right across the hall from FCI inside the hotel. We will be having a private party just for us!


Gilly’s Lounge, 2306 El Cajon Blvd

Love got ya down? Grab the karaoke mic and sing your best Whitney impression! This funky dive bar is always a good time.


Finest City Improv

Time to exchange lockets and letterman jackets as we wrap up the San Diego Improv Festival! Join us in the theatre for a closing toast, group pho- to and good byes.



The festival is at Finest City Improv, which is attached to the beautiful Lafayette Hotel in the North Park area of San Diego, CA.

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