Workshops & Sketch


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John Flax has been creating original work for 38 years and is the founding Artistic Director of Theater Grottesco. In addition to Grottesco, he has worked with the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and Paris, The Paris Circus, London’s Theatre Complicite, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Choreographer Della Davidson, the Sundance Playwriting Laboratory and the Out of Context Orchestra. He has taught at theaters and colleges nationally and internationally along with 8 years as a National Endowment for the Arts artist-in-the-schools. He is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he also studied with Phillipe Gaulier. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies and an ABD Ed.D in Anthropology and Philosophy.

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Susan Skeele is a physical theater and movement arts performer. She has trained in Action Theater for a decade with its founder, Ruth Zaporah, and is a certified Action Theater teacher. Local collaborations include performing improvisation with Ecotone Physical Theater in Albuquerque, and most recently, with Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe. She received an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch New England Graduate School, and a B.A. in Movement Studies from Naropa Institute. Susan has also trained with Barbara Dilley, Janet Adler, and other profound teachers in the arts of deeply inhabiting the physical self as a gateway to full expression.

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Together we will address the foundation of physical performance. All physical styles start with presence and ensemble, likewise important for all varieties of theater and film.

Personal work includes development of instinctual response, rhythm, a relaxed, heightened energy, and economy of movement. Ensemble Training then gives us the second layer, adjusting personal rhythms and instincts to the group, the balance of space, imagery through movement and sound, focusing the audience's attention, and the dynamics of “play.”

Come prepared to move with loose clothing, jewelry removed, and hair back. We work barefoot.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 17th and 24th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

PRICE: $65 for both days

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and confirmed by PayPal payment.




In my view, two of the most important things to cultivate to be the best human I can be are imagination and empathy. Improvisation asks us to develop both. I have found the rigorous form of Action Theater, created by the pioneering artist Ruth Zaporah, to be a consummate vehicle for practicing, failing at, and arriving at states of imagination-drenched openness, and heightened attunement to self and others.

 In such a practice, the reality of the body’s finite container meets the surrealism of the imagination’s infinite ability to connect and expand. Action Theater focuses on training the improviser to listen with and to the whole human, beginning with the moment-to-moment experience of the physical—the body’s endless loops of sensation, feeling, impression, expression, sensation, feeling.

 To listen, and join another or others in this field of heightened attunement is to inhabit an original state of play that gives rise to new futures, and reframes memory. The practice of Action Theater effects a deconstruction of habitual connections between sensation, action, thought, feeling and word, and allows the improviser to reach into the depth of the physical presence as a pre-verbal treasure house of content that surprises and informs.

Please join me in exploring an introduction to Action Theater at Santa Fe Improv. Beginners are welcome. Non-performers are welcome.

WHEN: Sunday, October 6th, 2:00 - 4:30 PM

PRICE: $25

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and confirmed by PayPal payment.



Our new adventure in Sketch has been launched! If you've got experience in improv, writing, comedy, or sketch, here’s the scoop.

  1. Write your sketch

  2. Find your players

  3. Rehearse together

  4. Revise - 3-5 minutes max run time

  5. When you think the piece is ready to be seen, needs an audience to gage effectiveness, or you need help to push past a sticking point, let Kita know. You will be invited to perform it at a Jam or Monday night drop-in.

  6. Hint: Your piece may be close to done when it has a beginning, middle and end, a quick hook, fun characters, heightened energy, a clear setting, and a twist.

  7. Hint #2: Don’t write jokes. As in Improv, keep it real.

  8. When the piece is ready, we include it in a performance!