Performance art is an ideal medium in which to develop creative thinkers -students who can conceptualize, analyze, collaborate, and invent through the art of improv. I create a supportive environment so that students can take risks and reach out in an atmosphere of safety and creativity. There is no right or wrong, there is just discovery. The thrust of the class or workshop activity is to generate a thrill (an enthusiasm) in exhibiting one’s creative effort with commitment and energy.
When students have energy and commitment, it becomes apparent and they begin to discern the “how” of creativity. I use this creative process to bring storytelling and narrative to life. These activities will improve students’ self-confidence, concentration and communication skills. I use experiential based learning through large and small group exercises, games and performances. My instruction of the group is student-driven according to the level of experience and response of the group as they develop.
Sheila Goldsmith, co-founder of the Upfront Theatre and a veteran of San Francisco Bay Area’s Theatre Sports, is also the founder and director of Improv Playworks a school for theatre improv in Bellingham, WA. She is the primary improv instructor at Improv Playworks and the facilitator of outreach programs and classes for local schools, businesses and other organizations.
Sheila has worked and studied with many noted improvisers including Keith Johnstone, author of Impro. Her philosophy and practice are further shaped by intensive training in group facilitation and Community development at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. As a teacher, she seeks to create an atmosphere of trust, respect, safety and play, in order to connect us more deeply with our creative possibilities. Sheila has worked in the field of theater improvisation for over 20 years, and has been facilitating a variety of workshops and classes for children and adults for over 30 years.
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