SMoCA launches 8 Week Improv Workshop with Jose Gonzalez

Jose Gonzalez (submitted photo)

Jose Gonzalez (submitted photo)

Following the success of the new Stand-Up series at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s SMoCA Lounge, the museum introduces the Lit Up: 8 Week Improv Workshop led by Jose Gonzalez, director, performer and local improv comedy instructor.

SMoCA Lounge has a reputation for original programming that sparks creativity and innovation, hosting best-selling authors, renowned artists, poets, activists, musicians and filmmakers.

This new series of improvisational comedy workshops continue this tradition by providing a unique and engaging experience with the opportunity to learn various techniques from a long-time comedy professional, no prior experience necessary. These techniques not only encourage communication, but also the importance of listening to others, how to loosen-up, and provoke creativity, according to a press release.

Combined with laughter, this workshop will animate people from various backgrounds and create an intimate community.

“Because of its collaborative and free-flowing nature, improv enforces a fearless feeling and confidence that any idea brought to the table can be added upon to make it funnier, better and stronger,” stated Mr. Gonzalez in the release. “Students will notice improvement in traits that will help them in social and professional settings. I’ve seen people from all types of careers and walks of life grow in ways they never would have been able to otherwise after they complete an improv class.”

Co-founder of The Torch Theatre in Phoenix, Mr. Gonzalez has studied acting, movement and performance since 1998. He has performed and taught at festivals and theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The eight-week workshop is $200 per person and includes eight Sunday classes 1 – 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Sept.11, 18 and 25; and Oct. 9. The series concludes with a free public performance open to the public at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.

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