Improv Theatre and Performing Arts Workshops

Our Improv Theatre and Performing Arts Workshops each meet for 8-week sessions and provide an opportunity to study and express theatre, music and dance. They are designed to improve relaxation, self-esteem, cooperation, fitness and creativity. They also provide an opportunity to be part of a community. Some participants develop lasting friendships, and all experience the joy of sharing art with others.

Our theatre workshops utilize improvisational theatre activities rather than preparing a production because we have found that improv provides on-going opportunities to master social interaction. At the end of each 8-week workshop series our participants perform for family and friends and then enjoy an “After Party” with pizza and snacks. We also Showcase our talented artists at a local nursing home periodically throughout the year.

We welcome people of all abilities and ages and we are always looking for good volunteers. Volunteers serve as peer mentors while participating as equals with the group. Our goal is to bring out the best Read more

 in those with autism/Asperger’s and other unique needs by encouraging their self esteem, cooperation, fitness, relaxation, and creativity through our performing arts activities. Participants grow in confidence by receiving acknowledgement from their peers when they perform the improvisational activities; they learn to cooperate through the camaraderie building theatre activities, group singing, and choreographed dance; they improve their fitness through active theatre games and through learning choreographed dance steps with the group, and they learn to ‘think on their feet’ and solve problems creatively in the spontaneity of the theatre activities. They also learn relaxation techniques that they can use in other areas of their lives.

Results For eight years program evaluations have shown a consistent improvement in our participants’ life skills, as well as greater optimism about their future. Our programs provide many moments of joy in lives challenged by autism and other disabilities.

Improvisational Theatre Workshop

IMG_7499-liter8-week series: $175 for teen/adult program

Our Improvisational Theatre Workshops begin with gentle yoga stretches and guided imagery to get everyone relaxed and ready to enjoy the program. Then our experienced Artistic/Workshop Director and our Assistant Workshop Director, a young man with Aspergers, lead the class in circle activities designed to ‘break the ice’ and help everyone get to know each other. In the process, they also exercise social skills like listening, memory, eye contact and dialogue.  The rest of the workshop consists of enjoyable improvisational theatre activities designed to encourage self-esteem, cooperation, fitness, relaxation, and creativity. 

Open Improv Theatre Schedule

Teen/Adult Improvisational Theatre  
Saturdays, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

2018 Sessions
Winter:
Jan. 27 to March 24
     *No workshops Feb. 17
Spring: April 14 to June 9
     *No workshops May 26
Summer: July 7 to August 25
Fall: Sept. 15 to Nov. 3

Performing Arts Workshop

IMG_93518-week series: $150 for teen/adult program

This workshop series consists of group singing and choreographed dance. At the beginning of each workshop series the group chooses several popular songs to work on, and then enjoys singing along with the recording artist and learning dance steps in preparation for their performance at the end of the 8-week workshop cycle. This is an especially popular program for those who love music. Again the goal is to encourage life skills.

Open Performing Arts Schedule

Teen/Adult Performing Arts
Saturdays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

2018 Sessions
Winter:
Jan. 27 to March 24
     *No workshops Feb. 17
Spring: April 14 to June 9
     *No workshops May 26
Summer: July 7 to August 25
Fall: Sept. 15 to Nov. 3

Workshop Registration

To register for either workshop,  please fill out our Registration and Release of Liability forms. You can either send the two completed forms with tuition check to our mailing address at the bottom of the Registration Form, or bring them with you to the workshop. Checks should be payable to “Positive Action Community Theatre”. Please see our Contact page for directions to the Dance North County studio, where the workshops are held. Note that our mailing address is different than workshop location. Scholarships are available.


Download the 2018 Schedule for Both Workshops



   
Talent Showcase

Periodically our performing arts enthusiasts showcase their theatre, dance and musical talent for residents of a local nursing home. Residents enjoy singing along, and our students have an opportunity to perform for an audience while giving back to the community.

This is a family event.  Please check our news blog for the date of our next Showcase and be sure to join us!


If you have any questions about our programs, registration, scholarships or volunteering, or if you would like to visit a program, please contact Kathryn Campion, PACT’s Executive Director, at info@pacthouse.org or 760-815-8512.

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