About the Workshop:
As Sanford Meisner so aptly put it, acting is simply “behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” And so it is with Improv, the only difference being that, in Improv we are making up the circumstances as we go. You cannot separate good Improv from good acting. In this class you will learn to authentically react and respond to your scene partner, from moment to moment, staying present and real to what is unfolding in the worlds you create.
About the Instructor:
Rachel Hamilton is an accomplished Improvisational Actor, Storyteller and is widely regarded as one of the best Improv teachers working today. A former Mainstage cast member at The Second City, Chicago, Rachel learned her craft from and with the best, having shared the stage with geniuses like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Scott Adsit, Nia Vardalos and many more incredible artists.Rachel began teaching almost twenty years ago and she feels passionately that Improv skills are great training for both theater and for life. Her teaching style is upbeat and nurturing – she creates a safe space where everyone can feel safe and supported, and where everyone can do their best work. Rachel designs and implements improv workshops all over the country for both actors and non-actors, offering Improv as a tool for training in performance as well as for personal development.
Born in DC, Rachel has lived, loved and worked in all the major cities; Chicago, LA and most recently NYC. Last year, in a conscious quest for more tranquility and natural beauty, Rachel made the brilliant choice to move her base to Sausalito, California and is delighted to be bringing her deep well of experience to the Bay Area’s vibrant Improv scene.
Rachel has worked as a performer and/or teacher for the following: The Second City (Chicago & LA), Magnet Theater (NYC), The Upright Citizen’s Brigade NYC), The Reduced Shakespeare Co, 30 Rock, Artistic New Directions (NYC), the Moth, Syracuse University (Adjunct Prof.), Michael Howard Studios (NYC), as well as numerous corporate and private clients.
Rachel is also an Emmy-nominated writer and worked as part of the production team for the hit documentary,Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.