Shawn Kinley is a world-renowned improv teacher who has been travelling from country to country teaching improv for over a decade. He first made a trip to our hamlet in Southern RI in 2017. Now, he’s decided to take a well-deserved break and not travel at all in 2018… except for one very special trip… to Wakefield! Shawn will be here for 4 weeks, giving us an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the best during an impressive month of workshops, shows, and informal chats.

Here are the workshops we have lined up – start signing up now! Please pay for the class AND fill out the registration. If you need to make other payment arrangements, reach out to Chris Simpson at

Truth, Vulnerability, and Audience Interaction Intensive: Thurs – Sun, Feb 22-25  17 hours, + 4 shows to play or watch. = $200
 Thurs, Feb 226:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri, Feb 23: 2-5 and 7 pm – 9 pm + option to play or watch Micetro
Sat, Feb 24: 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm + ticket to Whodunit + option to play or watch Theatresports
Sun, Feb 25: 10 am – 1 pm with a 2 pm Demonstration of “The Shell Game”
(Contact us if there is a session you cannot make of the intensive. Some accommodations may be able to be made.)

Your truth is going to come out whether you like it or not.  Learn how to harness the wealth of the experiences you own and make them a benefit to your work. We will touch upon a magical format that asks you to tell the truth and lie and play with the universal stories that come out.  We will also learn valuable skills in caring for your delicate partner – the audience member.

Gorilla Workshop – Tues, Feb 27 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm = $40

Keith Johnstone’s Gorilla mixes layers of performance value for an audience.  Most improvisers usually only play the surface.  In the Gorilla workshop we will practice with various levels of performers, people, clown, scene, story, competition, directing and playful misbehaviour.

Mime & Physicality Workshop II – Wed, Feb 28  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm = $40

Let’s face it.  Most performers are talking heads – performing from the neck up.  Considering that 80 – 90% of our communication is not language based it makes sense that we explore the fascinating and inspiring world of physical expression.  From Mime to stage fighting, contact impro to a more physical world of regular stage improvisation we will expand your tool kit of expression.


Micetro & Theatresports –  *New Rescheduled Date:  Thurs, Mar 1  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm  = $40

Keith Johnstone’s Maestro and Theatresports are two of the most played formats around the world.  Come discover why.  Learn how to create the illusion of playful competition while creating a supportive fun environment.  We will explore some of the great strengths and pitfalls of these venerable formats.

Compete Compassionately – Micetro & Theatresports Intensive – Sat, Mar 3, 10 pm – 5 pm (All day, before playing the last TS!) = $75

Many improvisation formats create the illusion of competition for the audience.  The truth is that the competition is there and not there at the same time.  This paradox runs through improvisation’s core.  Rules/not rules. Compete/co-operate. Etc. Play to the top of your game but be ready to save your partner as they fall off the edge that you pushed them from. Embrace the desire to win but reframe what winning really in in the world of improvisation.

Teaching Teaching – Sun, Mar 4, 10 pm – 5 pm = $75

This “meta” class will be an improvisation class where we peel away the veneer of its workings.  Not just a class for teachers of improvisation, this class will reveal tips, techniques and tricks that help us learn, teach and explore in any subject or area.  We are all teachers.  We are always teaching.  And… we are all students at the same time.