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.
***Instructor assignments are made in good faith but cannot be guaranteed if a conflict arises for the instructor.
First Session: August 19th – August 23rd 10:00AM – 4:00PM (hour break for lunch)
*Use the code EARLYBIRD50 by July 15th for $50 off a check out.
Monday August 19th – Scene Work Diagnostics with Carla Cackowski
Tuesday August 20th – Character with Nick Armstrong
Wednesday August 21st – Pattern Play with Amey Goerlich
Thursday August 22nd – Sustaining a Scene with Craig Cackowski
Friday August 23rd – Group Work with Colleen Doyle
Friday August 23rd, 6:00PM – Class Show
Carla Cackowski regularly tours across the country with her two person improv show, “Orange Tuxedo”. She toured on boats with Second City and performed on Harold Teams at both iO West and UCB Los Angeles. Carla directed the International Ensemble at the Vancouver Improv Festival in the fall of 2018 and has traveled all over the world teaching and performing in comedy festivals. She is the former Co-Artistic Director at Curious Comedy Theater in Porltand, Oregon and currently resides on the Board of Directors at Kickstand Comedy in Portland. Carla is an improv teacher at The Second City in Hollywood, as well as a teacher and Training Center Director at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica. She hosts an Improv podcast called, “Improv Yak”. www.carlacackowski.com
Nick Armstrong has trained at The Groundlings and iO West. He is an alum of The Sunday Company at the Groundlings and currently performs at the world-famous iO West on LA’s Critically Acclaimed Harold Team King Ten. Nick is currently the Artistic Director of Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater and teaches and performs there. He has also taught improv at iO West and The Groundlings and has done workshops all over the world.
Nick is also the Camp Director and Founder of Camp Improv Utopia a a 501(c) (3) Non Profit improv retreat for grown ups. He is also one of the founding members of the The Improv Network.
Amey Goerlich is the only female in the 18 year-old UCB indie quartet known as KROMPF. She teaches her KROMPF classes independently in NYC & in LA. She has taught her game workshop at many improv festivals around the country, The Tampa Bay Improv Festival, The Torch Theatre, The Pocket Theatre, Omaha Improv festival, San Diego Improv Festival 2017, Improv Utopia East and West and more. Currently she is living in Los Angeles and teaching/performing at M.I. Westside Comedy Theatre. She also runs The Improvisation Training Hub for independent Improv teachers in NYC & LA. She co-created an improv card game called ‘Humans Being an Improv Card Game’ available on amazon.com.
Craig Cackowski 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.
Colleen Doyle grew up in Cleveland where she wrote greeting cards and was a part of the cast that opened The Second City Cleveland. She has made appearances in the indie features Close Quarters and Open Tables as well as Fresh Off the Boat and the NYTVF Best Comedy Pilot, Shrink. Colleen taught at iO Chicago (Teacher of the Year 2014) and iO West, where she also served as Artistic Director and Training Center Director. In Chicago, Colleen performed with the lovely ladies of Virgin Daiquiri, Babymakers, and in the first sketch revue at the Mission Theater, Trap. In LA, Colleen teaches at Westside Comedy and performs with the ensembles Dummy and The Village Bicycle. For more info, please visit thecolleendoyle.com.