CSz Education’s Workshop series are a great way to stretch your improv muscles. These 2-hour workshops are scheduled throughout the year and are an affordable way way to learn a new approach, work with a new instructor and add another skill to your improv toolbox. 

Take the power back

Take The Power Back

Jamie Campbell has learned first-hand how telling your own harrowing story can make an impact on both storyteller and audience.  It took him over 25 years to tell the story of being kidnapped as an 11 year-old, and it turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.  After the overwhelming reaction he received from his one man show, The Devil on the Wall or, That Time I Got Kidnapped, he wanted to give the same experience to others.  He created Take The Power Back - a workshop for anyone with a story to tell - from professional performers to those who have never spoken in public.    

Moments of trauma, embarrassment, and vulnerability are the most difficult to tell, but are also have the greatest payoff.  Take the Power Back is designed to help students tell stories they never thought they could - in a way that makes an impact on everyone in the room.  Relating your own harrowing memories can be empowering, uplifting, and enable the audience to connect to you in a deep, meaningful way.  

Students will workshop their stories in a judgment-free environment designed to help them relate their past with distance and levity.  The class culminates in a student performance, hosted by Jamie Campbell, where participants will have the opportunity to share their stories in front of a live audience and have the option to be featured on the forthcoming Take the Power Back  podcast, connecting their voices to others all over who need to hear them.

When: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Instructor: Jamie Campbell
Tuition: $40
Performance: Saturday, June 9 @ 3PM

Jamie Campbell

Jamie Campbell is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. His debut stand-up album, Tell Me You’re Proud of Me, debuted at #1 on Amazon’s comedy charts.   In Chicago, where he began his career, he was named  the city’s “Best Stand-Up Comedian” by The Chicago Reader.  His film and television work includes appearances on NBC's Chicago Fire and Pop TV's Hollywood Darlings,  as well as  a stand-out performance in the indie feature Sex Ain't Love. He has shared the stage or worked on projects with countless legendary names in comedy and entertainment, including Hannibal Buress, Cameron Esposito, Oscar Isaac, Chris Redd, Scott Adsit, Ty Burrell, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Alicia Keys, and Dana Carvey.

In addition to performing, Jamie has spent the past decade teaching improvisation, stand-up, and storytelling to a wide array of students, including at-risk youth, disabled adults, Fortune 500 executives, incarcerated inmates, and victims of abuse.  He currently serves on the faculty of The KC Improv Company and Comedy City, and the board of directors of the Kansas City Improv Festival.


No Such Thing as Neutral

Specificity is essential for good improv, and that goes for musical styles too. Take a deep dive into some of the most commonly yelled-out genres of music - "Jazz!" "Country!" "Opera!" - and expand your stylistic range. Ideal for improv actors and musicians alike.

When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Instructor: Robbie Ellis
Tuition: $25

Robbie Ellis

Robbie Ellis is a music director for improv and sketch in Chicago. He's worked for Second City on land and at sea, playing with touring companies and teaching music for improv and sketch at the Training Center in Chicago. He also performs and teaches with ComedySportz Chicago; and does music improv with Riff at iO Chicago and Storytown Children's Improv. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, he's performed all over New Zealand and Australia, including a stint as Music Director of the New Zealand Improv Festival. Robbie also writes and performs comedy songs, composes concert music, and presents classical music radio on WFMT Chicago.


Improvised Rap Workshop

Improvised Rap Workshop

Yo!
Do you do some improv
and wanna try to rap?
Let Darryl teach you how to talk
between the booms and the baps.
Need a couple punchlines?
Yeah, we can fit that in.
Just take this rap workshop,
And freestyle for a spin.

Yeah that was a bit much, but you get the drift. In this workshop you will learn the basics of freestyle rapping and how to apply it in improv scenes and games. Prerequisite: Level 2 improv training or higher.

Topics include:

  • Beat structureRhythms and flow 
  • Punchlines
  • Rapping in scenes
  • Rapping in shortform games

When: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Time: 10:30AM - 12:30PM
Instructor: Darryl Charles
Tuition: $25

Darryl Charles

DARRYL CHARLES is a comedian based mostly out of Philadelphia. He does stand-up and has opened for a variety of better known performers like: Adam Ferrara, Tommy Davidson, Greg Fitzsimmons, Dave Attell, Patrice O'Neal and Dick Gregory. He performs improv comedy and has been a member of ComedySportz Philadelphia since 2011. He also teaches and coaches it. He is a sketch comedy writer and performer, doing most of that work with the sketch group The Layoff Kids. They have been featured on Funny or Die. He's also the co-host of DTF: The Darryl and Timaree Funhour, the best sex-ed/comedy/gameshow in the known universe. He went to school for electrical engineering. That has nothing to do with the rest of this bio, but it's neat to know. 


FREE Improv and Puppetry Workshop

Joe Sabatino (puppeteer and puppet builder for PBS Kids, Disney, and The Jim Henson Co.) is teaching a FREE workshop on the mechanics of performing hand/rod puppetry for stage and television.  

 Joe Sabatino (CEnter) at henson company workshop (2014)

Joe Sabatino (CEnter) at henson company workshop (2014)

Topics include:

  • Body and mouth manipulation
  • Lipsync
  • Stage focus
  • Monitor work
  • Solo and group performances
  • Music
  • Improvisation

Come and join a group of Philadelphia's premier puppetry performers for a day of fun and silliness.  This workshop is designed to create an enjoyable environment for ANYONE who is interested in learning puppetry skills that can be translated directly onto stage or screen. 

This will be an opportunity to learn, while also showcasing your skills for consideration to participate in future puppet performance projects.  Prerequisite: Level 3 improv training or minimum 1 year performance experience

Session 1: Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Session 2: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Instructor: Joe Sabatino
Tuition: FREE


Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?

Improv Workshop

They’re the people that you meet each day! Just like characters on stage.

 Are you tired of  playing ‘you’ in *every* scene or game? Does creating fully developed characters that aren't boring or stereotypes seem to elude you? Do you have some ‘go to’ characters in need of updates?

 Then you are in the right spot!

Learn some easy ways to  doing a character ‘on the spot. ’Uncover the multitude of 3 dimensional characters that only you can do fast and easy. Enhance and add depth to characters you already play but feel a bit “tired.” Practice putting your new characters into a ComedySportz game! Prerequisite: CSz Level 201 or above or permission from CSZ Education Director

When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 11:30PM - 1:30PM
Instructor: Kelly Jennings
Tuition: $25


Even Thor & Loki Worked It Out

Improv Workshop

Thor and Loki are best known in the Marvel Universe for always being against each other. Often times performers put themselves against each other in an effort to make the scene more interesting or simply to cause conflict. Alli and Kristin will take your though exercises and scene work to help you and your fellow performers work together instead of against each other. Knowledge of Marvel Cinematic Universe not necessary! Prerequisite: Basic understanding of scene work, level 201 or above. 

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 3PM - 5PM
Instructor: Alli Soowal & Kristin Finger
Tuition: $25


Workshop Info

Tuition: $25/workshop 

Location: CSz Philadelphia (2030 Sansom Street)