Comedy and improvisational theater is at the heart of performance for an actor. Both have been around for centuries and are very much a part of our national heritage dating back to the comedy of such brilliant actors as Charlie Chaplin, The Marx Brothers, and Buster Keaton who developed their gags while filming and altering the plot to fit. Improv comedy techniques are now used in theater, mockumentaries, and such shows as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and Thank God You're Here. This unique Improv Camp trains the quick imagination of the actor and develops their spontaneous skills in working together to responsively define the parameters and actions of a scene created through other means than scripted text. It will teach the performer the various improvisational concepts necessary to play a variety of roles without preparation. It will explore gestures, accents and voice changes, as well as offering, gagging and endowing certain physicality to define the physical environment. The actor will learn to find character relationships within the immediate parameters of comedy and character motivations and objectives that are an important part of successful improv. Through this workshop actors will learn the cornerstones of improvisational techniques while remaining true to the comedy. An important workshop for anyone who is serious about acting, this workshop will keep not only its participants but the viewers laughing the entire week.
Students check-in between 1 - 2:30pm on the first day of camp.
Flights should arrive into Los Angeles International(LAX) on the First Day of camp between 10am and 12pm.
Flights should depart from Los Angeles International(LAX) on the DAY AFTER camp ends between 9am and 12pm.
Transportation is available to and from Los Angeles International(LAX) for $30 EACH WAY + Additional $125 for overnight stay. UCLA Travel Forms
Directors and Faculty
Brian is an alumnus of the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, where he spent the last several years performing sketch comedy and improv. His many credits include the improvised grown up puppet show, Puppet Up, for Jim Henson's Company. He has written and voiced numerous animated series, such as Yokies, Baydogs, and The Children of Toromiro and can be seen in many television commercials. In New York, he studied improvisation with Burn Manhattan (directed by Shira Piven) while completing his master's degree in improvisation performance and writing from NYU. He has just completed work on the upcoming improvised feature, Sizzle, for director Randy Olson. He is currently a member of the faculty of the Theater Department in the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.
Regarded as one of America's most prestigious universities, UCLA is home to the number one ranked theater department in North America. Bordered on the north by protected wilderness and on the south by Westwood Village, UCLA has long been known as an entertainment magnet for the entire Los Angeles area. Selected for their artistic and professional achievements, UCLA 's exceptional faculty from the School of Theater, Film and Television lead these inspiring workshops.
UCLA is a tobacco-free campus. The use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and all other tobacco products, as well as electronic cigarettes, is strictly prohibited by anyone of any age.
*Tuition does not include one-time registration fee($150), weekend stays, or airport transportation. *College Audition Boot Camp tuition does not include room and meals or airport transportation.
If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553
** USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency. For more on travel insurance, please visit: Assurance Solutions.
Dates, Prices, Directors, and Faculty subject to change without notice. The faculty is comprised of college professors representing their schools and professional industry artists. Images are of USPA programs, but may not represent actual program or location. Photos by Tito Deverya (UCLA TFT), Lauren di Matteo, and Chris Vanderhorst.