Workshop teaches professional growth via improv

11/21/2011 8:47:16 AM

Contact: John Hughey
Public Relations Manager
Center for the Performing Arts

Workshop teaches professional growth via improv

Chicago-based 500 Clown leads 2-hour interactive session

Carmel, Ind. (November 18, 2011) – The Scene, the young professionals group at the Center for the Performing Arts, is hosting a workshop on Dec. 15 from 3-6 p.m.

The interactive workshop is entitled “Risk and Play: Professional Development Like You Have Never Experienced.” It is led by Adrian Danzig, a 500 Clown performer and producing artistic director. 500 Clown is featured in the NextWave series presented by the Center for the Performing Arts. A month after the workshop, 500 Clown will return to the Studio on January 14, 2012 for a performance.

During the two-hour Dec. 15 workshop, participants will explore four elements: action, risk, audience and humor. The focus will be on leadership, communication and team building skill sets. After the workshop, participants will be invited backstage for an hour-long networking session and special tours. Registration is required by Dec. 13. The workshop is $45 for general tickets and $35 for Scene members. Call the box office to register at 317-843-3800. Paid workshop registration includes a complimentary general admission ticket for the January 14, 2012 performance of 500 Clown: Frankenstein.

500 Clown has a large presence as educators in and outside of Chicago. Workshops emphasize taking physical and emotional risk and partnering. Students include high school and university students, theater and non-theater professionals, athletes, business school students and various community groups.

During performances, 500 Clown uses action-based improvisation and circus arts to tell long-form dramatic stories. 500 Clown strives to create a charged environment that celebrates the unpredictable power of the moment. The company develops its shows over roughly a two-year timeframe, alternating between rehearsing and performing. 500 Clown likens its process of developing shows to Vaudeville, where acts were continually honed in response to audiences. For information on 500 Clown, visit the website

The Scene is a social and civic network, focused on connecting patrons within the ages of 21-40. The Scene plans events that pair socializing with the performing arts. The group offers First Monday Mixer events at restaurants and bars. As an added benefit offered by The Scene, memberships are available that guarantee season-long exclusive ticket promotions to performances presented by the Center. Visit and “like” The Scene on Facebook to stay connected.

The Scene’s upcoming events include:

Monday, Dec. 5 – First Monday Mixer (The Local Pub and Eatery, Westfield)
Thursday, Dec.15 – Professional Development Workshop with Center guest artist 500 Clown
Saturday, Jan. 14 – 500 Clown performance in the Studio Theater
Monday, Feb. 6 – First Monday Mixer (location TBA)
Saturday, March 3 – Kevin Eubanks concert in the Tarkington, plus After Party at Tarkington bar
Monday, April 2 – First Monday Mixer (location TBA)
Sunday, April 15 – Bill Cosby at the Palladium, plus party at the Palladium
Monday, May 7 – First Monday Mixer (location TBA)
Saturday, June 16 – Encore Celebration at the Center

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