Wednesdays, September 21, 2022 - May 31, 2023
4 - 7 p.m.
For Ages 15-19
Experience a holistic, beginner friendly, accessible approach to the art form of Improv! With a focus on building a community based in play & self-worth, this weekly drop-in series will teach us to unleash our creativity without judgement, develop tools for self-empowerment, and embrace our inner artistry all while learning the tenets of Improv.
Snacks will be provided and walk-ins welcomed.
Led by Teague M. Parker of Come Up Productions, the Improv for Wellness series combines established wellness practices, Improvisation, and theatre techniques to help students learn the tools for self-empowerment across mind, body, and spirit both on and off the stage. Whether you're a dancer, singer, actor, painter, or just curious about learning to commit to your impulses, this is the perfect space to learn an accessible approach to Improv that can be applied to all aspects of life.
PARTICIPANTS WILL PRACTICE:
- Building off the ideas / impulses of ourselves & others.
- Tools for discovering, drawing upon, & expressing our creativity.
- Shifting to an expansive mindset in creative & professional endeavors.
- Foundational tenets of Improvisation (Curiosity Mindset / Performing Scenes / "Yes, And..").
- Embodying our creative impulses through free writes & on our feet games / activities / scene work.
What to Expect
Through playing with solo & group Improv activities, free writes, exercises, group discussions, and so much more, we will discover how to reclaim & expand our identities while gradually learning how to perform improv. By drawing upon our inherent creativity, we'll learn to commit to ourselves both on and offstage
Classes are on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.
In-person at Seattle Rep (540 Warren Ave N, Seattle WA 98109)
Teague M. Parker
Teague M. Parker (He/Him) is an Actor, Playwright, Improviser, Producer, and Teaching Artist. After graduating from Western Washington University (WWU), he founded Come Up Productions (Come Ups), where he began freelance teaching his original Theatre technique, Improv for Wellness: a wellness & performance tool using Improvisation as groundworks to help people uncover their creativity, cultivate awareness & self-worth, and learn to love their unique identity on and offstage.
Fusing his extensive acting education including Suzuki, Grotowski, Viewpoints, Linklater, Stanislavski, Chekov, Devising, Commedia dell’arte, and Alexander Technique, his fourteen years of Improv experience, ten years of teaching, and training with ArtsWa through the Teaching Artist Training lab, Teague’s work quickly took off.
Backed by his practical experience serving as both artistic & education director of WWU’s nationally recognized Improv team, The Dead Parrot Society, and his time as an ensemble member at Jet City Improv, Teague brought his Improv masterclasses to regional theaters such as Seattle Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Village Theatre, and Jet City Improv. This work soon spread to the graduate students at the University of Florida, Theatre majors at WWU, heartcentered business conferences with Worth the Journey, and institutions such as the Museum of Pop Culture. Teague continues to share his class series & workshops through arts residencies with the drama, health, and English departments at schools such as Roosevelt High School, Everett High School, Open Window Middle School, Connections Homeschool, and Lakeside School.
Teague has performed around the country and internationally in plays such as “Topdog/Underdog” by Suzan-Lori Parks for the Teatro UNAM Festival in Mexico City, won the KCACTF Region VII Award for best full-length play, ranked within the top three Improv teams at the College Improv Tournament national competition in Chicago, has served on the Teaching Artist Cohorts of Seattle Rep, Seattle Theatre Group, and Seattle Children’s Theatre, and utilizes Come Up Productions to bring free theatre & live events to the WA community.
Uniting artist and audiences to form mindful communities, he believes creativity is everyone’s birthright, and that we all deserve to reclaim our self-worth