Spontaneous Myth with Randy Dixon
Mondays June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 11am-12:30pm PDT
Spontaneous storytelling is a place where mythic thinking and archetypal images are allowed to live. The myths and images of the imagination arise from the emptiness in improvisation. We have to rely on each other, or we will fail. Improvisation uses image to connect with story and archetype. Images from the imagination are allowed to breathe and the archetypes allowed to live.
The workshop will focus on the creation and use of images to invoke ancient stories as well as the ones emerging today. What was happening thousands of years ago can influence what happened today. We are living myth. Through the use of image work, ritual, personal storytelling we will try to create a safe space to explore the stories that touch us at our cores. We will “get out of our skins” and learn to about the honesty of play. We will use our dream images to create plays. It will be hard work and a high level of risk will be involved.
Any format of improvisation is the container for mythological imagination. Improvisation allows us to explore the uncharted, unmapped territories of our stories and live explore another day. We can see our myths and tell the tale together.
David Mamet in Writing in Restaurants says, “The theater is not a place where one should go to forget, but rather a place where one should go to remember”. To remember our stories, to remember our origins, to see through a mythical lens that can enhance our lives.
Dates: June 7, 14, 21 & 28 – 4 Mondays
Time: 11am-12:30pm PDT Check your time here: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/
Maximum Students: 10
Prerequisite: Improv 100
About the Instructor, Randy Dixon
“On top of being an art form, improvisation is a force for good encouraging people to listen, cooperate, and stimulate their imagination, their creativity, and their generosity without imposing some kind of ideology on them. This force needs to be spread, and I believe Randy Dixon deserves to be at the core of this venture.” Mignon Reme, Artistic Director of Hidden Shakespeare in Hamburg, Germany.
Randy Dixon is one of the most experienced improvisational artists in the Northwest. He has extensive experience in teaching and directing the Harold format. He is considered the creator of the “Seattle Harold.” He has appeared on television, film, and local stages. In 1983, he was a founding member of Unexpected Productions, home to Seattle’s longest-running show, Seattle TheatreSports™. Randy has served as the Artistic Director of Unexpected Productions since 1988. He has conceived, directed, and acted in thousands of shows. He is also the founder of the international improvisation group, Orcas Island Project.
Randy teaches, performs, and directs improvisational theater all over the world. His book on improvisation, Being Present: Spontaneous Storytelling and the Art of Improvisation was published in German. In addition, he consults with many companies and corporations using applied improvisation. Randy has a B.F.A. in Drama and a Master’s Degree in Mythological Studies.