Westside Comedy Theater focuses on a foundation in strong scene work to help elevate the ensemble’s connection and play. Each day of the intensive will feature a specific focus from our improv program, allowing the students to experiment with techniques and tools from some of our most experienced instructors. The week culminates in a show on our stage with your class!
*The intensive is a week long study therefore we cannot sell individual days of this program.
**This intensive is not intended to (and therefore cannot) replace any levels in the Westside Comedy Theater Training Center.
Third Session: August 10th – August 14th 10:00AM – 4:00PM (hour break for lunch)
- Monday August 10th – Diagnostics with Carla Cackowski
- Tuesday August 11th – Character with Landon Kirksey
- Wednesday August 12th – Pattern Play with Jaime Moyer
- Thursday August 13th – Sustaining a Scene with Craig Cackowski
- Friday August 14th – Ensemble Work with Chris Alvarado
Carla Cackowski is a writer and improviser living in Los Angeles. She regularly tours across the country with her two person improv show, “Orange Tuxedo”. Carla toured on boats with Second City and performed on Harold Teams at both iO West and UCB Los Angeles. She travels all over the world teaching and performing in comedy festivals. Carla is an improv teacher at The Second City in Hollywood and is currently the Artistic Director at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. www.carlacackowski.com
Jaime Moyer is an alum of The Second City-Detroit, currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and is a proud member of the acting unions SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She recently appeared on two episodes of Modern Family as neighbor Mrs. Pasternak. Jaime has also had guest starring roles on Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Jennifer Falls, Detroiters and had a recurring role on Disney’s hit show KC Undercover. She has taught improvisation and performed all over the country, including workshops at Washington Improv Theater, Dallas Comedy House, Asheville Improv Collective, The Arcade Theater, Dosage Improv Workshops, Unscrewed Theater, The Siren Theater, Planet Ant Theater, Camp Improv Utopia, Angel Comedy in the U.K., ICC Theatre in Denmark, and many others.She can be seen performing improv at The Second City Hollywood, Westside Comedy, The Pack, and more around Los Angeles, CA.
Craig Cackowski is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West (RIP) theaters since 1992, and was the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History.
Chris Alvarado is an actor, improviser, teacher, and writer here in Los Angeles. He’s trained and performed at the Second City in Chicago and L.A., UCB, and iO West. He’s crazy about the community here at the Westside Comedy Theatre where he currently teaches advanced improv and can be seen monthly performing with Pretty, Pretty Pony. Chris is half of the improv team Nice Chris with Chris Gorbos, a close personal friend. You can also find him weekly at iO West performing with the award winning improv team, Heyday. www.Chris-Alvarado.com
Landon Kirksey has been improvising for 18 years, beginning his education at The Second City in Chicago and continuing to perform at io Chicago, The PIT in New York City, Dallas Comedy House and Four Day Weekend in Fort Worth, Texas where he also served as Director of Education. He is currently a cast member of the award winning Mission IMPROVable ensemble and proud to be a core faculty member of The Westside Comedy Theater.