5 Things! With Festival Teacher Jacque Arend!

Jacque Arend started improvising in 2005. Her first dose of education came from IO Chicago’s summer intensive. She co-founded The Torch Theatre (Phoenix, Arizona) in 2007 and teaches Ensemble Performance, Advanced Formats, as well as various workshop focuses including Deconstruction. Jacque is the lead instructor for The Torch Theatre’s Corporate Team Building program and administers the training center. She also instructs the improv/comedy programs for actors at Arizona Actors Academy and is the registration coordinator for Camp Improv Utopia. Jacque is a regular performer with a handful of ongoing troupes, such as Mail Order Bride, JaxN Reed, Birds & Broads and MuChuChu. Jacque has played on main stage of the Phoenix Improv Festival for the last eleven years. Recently she has performed at the 2016 District Improv Festival, 2017 San Diego Improv Festival and the 2017 Del Close Marathon. She has brought her workshops to the District Improv Festival and Camp Improv Utopia East.

Check out Jacque’s workshop Lets Play! 

5 Things! With Festival Teacher Rich Baker!

We played 5 Things! With Rich Baker! 

I teach improv at Second City Hollywood and the Westside Comedy Theatre. I regularly perform with Mission Improvable and Rollin’ In Riches. Grew up in Fort Worth, Texas where I first learned improv from Four Day Weekend. I co-founded TCU’s only improv troupe Senseless Acts of Comedy and performed with several troupes in Dallas before moving to Chicago. There I performed at ComedySportz Chicago, the iO theatre, WNEP, Mission Improvable, The Comedy Shrine, LOL Theatre and taught improv at ComedySportz and Second City. I love improv, science, music & smoking weed.

Rich is teaching

Scene Work Masters Class

Students will learn to slow down and use the patience of their scene work to make the crowd laugh sooner and harder. In this workshop they’ll learn to get out of their own way and stop unintentionally putting obstacles into their scene work. They’ll learn how to play a scene without ever worrying about laughs and learn to surprise themselves at how many laughs they’ll inspire. If students have some experience in improv, but long to do better scenes, this class is for them.

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