Julie Payne returns to San Francisco after her well-received workshop for Bay Area lady improvisors. This workshop will provide deepening of many of the improv exercises and theories Julie experienced during her time with LA's "The Wims." Merging the personal, political, and universal, Julie will provide female improvisors further opportunity to "see and be seen, hear and be heard"- linking our similarities and differences as women-folk. Personal stories, movement exercises, sound exploration, prop installations, and music will provide participants with further choices in which to improvisationally explore themes and patterns. We will explore elements of an alternative long-form, with Julie providing tools and practice to take the artistry of improv towards accessible performance.
Improvisors should be familiar with basic improvisation skills. Experience in Julie's March Workshop not required or expected, but participants of this past workshop will review previous concepts and further their exploration with additional exercises, tools, and practice.
Class size is a maximum of 14 students and goes until 3pm with a short break included. Sign up to guarantee a spot - this class will likely sell out.
BIO: Since being hired into The Committee in 1969 by Del Close, Julie Payne has worked with many masters of improvisation, including SFIF's 2011 OCIC award winner Jim Cranna. In her career since moving to Los Angeles, she has performed in film, tv, theater, radio and voiceovers. Most recently, she had a recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's mother-in-law.
Now retired, she continues her connection with improvisation by passing on her insights and craft to students. Her work is based around her time with The Wims, an all-female collective in Los Angeles that explored and furthered The Harold - the improvisational format which she had a hand in developing during her time with The Committee. Inspired by Del's legacy, they used stories from their lives as well as the headlines, music, movement, installations and "check-ins" to root themselves and their shows in the present. Julie played with them for 20 years.
Remarking on Payne, The Committee's founding director Alan Myerson said, "If you ever want to hand out an award for pure talent and ability at improvisation, give it to her."
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