Writers, Actors, Improvisors – Using Improv to Create Scripted Material
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Improv-to-Script is a workshop structured in the same manner as our Summer Salt retreat. We meet regularly with the goal of using improv to create or heighten scripted material. It’s not a class, it’s a group of high-quality people (writers, directors, actors & improvisers) getting together to jam improvisationally for each other’s benefit. The result is scripted material – full plays, short plays, screen plays, teleplays, sketches, you know, scenes with dialogue. Confrontations, negotiations, drama. OK, a laugh or two might be involved, but pieces with characters and stories and stakes.
Summer Salt is our annual writer’s retreat. Each summer since 2011 Jeffrey Sweet & Kristine Niven have met with a gang of writer-improvisers like Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Cheri & Bill Steinkellner, Deborah Laufer, Ron West, Catherine Butterfield, Mike Descoteaux, Jonathan Stark, Michael Gellman and Pam Victor. For a week, we improvise scenes and character explorations based on each other’s suggestions to jump-start the creation of new plays, screenplays, sketches and TV scripts. Plays by Laufer and Butterfield which were worked on at these retreats have played off-Broadway, and several short plays have been part of AND’s Eclectic Evening of Shorts: Boxers & Briefs. Plays developed by Castellaneta/Lacusta and the Steinkellners have played on the West Coast and at festivals around the country.
Summer Salt Alumni
Catherine Butterfield, Dan Castellenetta, Deb Lacusta, Kristine Niven, Jonathan Stark, Bill Steinkellner, Cherie Steinkellner, Jeffrey Sweet, Ron West
2012 – Mystic
Dan Catelllenata, Anthony Ellison, Leah Emmerich, Janice Goldberg, Deb Lacusta, Deb Lauffer, Carol Lempert, Taylor Negron, Kristine Niven, David Sinker, Cheri Steinkellner, Jeffrey Sweet, Scotty Watson
Catherine Butterfield, Mike Descoteaux, Kristine Niven, Nicole Pandolfo, Jonathan Stark, Jeffrey Sweet, Ron West, Jeff Zinn
Dan Castellenetta, Deana Criess, Mike Descoteaux, Michael Gellman, Deb Lacusta, David Mogolov, Kristine Niven, Nicole Pandolfo, Deborah Smith, Jonathan Stark, Jeffrey Sweet, Rick Thomas, Jared Wilder
Nick Brown, Hilary Chaplain, Margaret Geraghty, Jeff MacKinnon, Kristine Niven, Jonathan Stark, Jeffrey Sweet, Pam Victor, Robert Woo
Nick Brown, Jan Buttram, Jeff MacKinnon, Kristine Niven, Robert Rosenbaum, Jonathan Stark, Natalie Storrs, Jeffrey Sweet, Christina Vinsick, Nana Visitor
Janice Goldberg, David Impicciatore, Katie Mack, Matt Mezzacappa, Kristine Niven, Jeffrey Sweet, Christina Vinsick, Pamela Gaye Walker, Jared Wilder