6 Classes in all
Wednesdays, January 16th- February 20th 6:30-8:30
Have you ever frozen in front of a room full of people? You forget what to say, and then slide into the story in your head that says everyone thinks you are crazy? Maybe you’ve noticed you’re forgetting the details that make your day go smoothly, as you attempt to balance pressure at work, maintain order at home and still find time to nurture relationships with family and friends?
You, my friend, are completely normal. You’ve simply lost your connection to the present moment. The good news is – you can shift that by cultivating a more playful presence.
There is a fun and easy way to reconnect to this very moment right now. I mean this one. Wait… this one. I mean… this one. (See what I did there?) By simply playing a series of Improvisational games, you will discover the key to presence. Contrary to popular belief, Improvisation is not about being funny- it’s about listening, responding and being fully present in the moment with yourself, with those around you and with the task at hand.
Presence is a natural state. We were all born with this ability and reconnecting to this state is possible. All it takes is a willingness to move toward it and commitment to dedicated practice. This workshop is fun, reflective and can be habit-changing for those who fully commit to releasing obstacles that disconnect them from playful moments as they arise.
In this six-week course, we will gather weekly to explore the lessons of presence embedded into Improvisation exercises cultivated by the mother of Improvisation- Viola Spolin. By engaging in what Viola coined a “Direct Experience”, we will discover the behaviors that keep us moving forward in the joyful flow of play and examine the behaviors that hold us back. Along with weekly meetings, you will be able to schedule a thirty minute Zoom session with Kerstin who will provide individualized support as you cultivate this presence in your own life. You will walk away with a deeper connection to yourself and you intentions, armed with tools and strategies that will allow you to remain in a state of playful presence once the workshop is over.
Kerstin Caldwell has spent over 25 years as a student, actor and instructor of Improvisation. After spending so much of her life devoted to using comedy to elevate people’s spirits, Kerstin eventually felt called to search for something more. As she explored meditation, she was amazed at how her teacher was echoing lessons originally presented to her by some of her most beloved Improvisation instructors. It was when she studied with Alan Arkin that Kerstin discovered the use of Improvisation as a tool for self-awareness, and her passion and purpose aligned. Kerstin has since been on a journey of helping non-performers understand how the basic principles that make Improvisation on the stage compelling are what makes moments in our lives feel grounded and deeply meaningful- which is an even more powerful way to help individuals raise their own spirits. Over a span of eight years, teaching as an Artist In Residency at William Smith High School in Aurora, Kerstin developed a program that helps teens to shift their perspectives regarding their worth and circumstances. This same structure asks students of all ages to reawaken parts of themselves they have lost while taking on the stories she refers to as“The lie of adulthood.” Kerstin is passionate about leading individuals toward who they were born to be, and can often be heard telling students, “Be the be the youest you that ever youed!”