Category Archives: Improv

Put Down That Phone: Make Real Connections

Date: Mon, Oct 17, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Wish (scroll down to register/pay)
Location: In person at Dreamland Arts
Ages: Ages 18+

Table Salt Productions presents
Put Down That Phone: Make Real Connections
An Introductory Improvisation Workshop

All levels welcome. No previous improvisation experience necessary.

As the pandemic becomes a distant, bad dream, and you’re looking for fun, human interaction, and a little learning on the side, we’ve got the perfect antidote to doom scrolling. Join improvisational expert and psychology professor, Dr. Jim Robinson, composer and performer Dennis Curley, and communications expert, Martha Burnett Pettee, for an immersive, musical, and instructive night of introductory improvisation. This 90-minute workshop will use improv techniques to improve your listening, responding, and sense of humor.

Managing Culture Shock with the Improvisational Mindset

Date: Tue, June 22, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Wish
Online Platform: Zoom Meeting
Ages: Ages 18+

Managing Culture Shock with the Improvisational Mindset
An online evening of improvisation on Zoom with Jim Robinson and Ethan Goldbach

Many of us think of “culture shock” as applying only to people going abroad for the first time. Here in the U.S., we’re gradually returning to normal — that’s culture shock! Join us as we explore ways improvisation can help us enter new worlds, either at home or abroad.

This 90-minute online workshop co-hosted by Jim Robinson and Ethan Goldbach explores how an improvisational mindset can help all of us navigate culture shock. Through a series of experiential exercises, participants will discover techniques for increasing flexibility, tolerating ambiguity, and developing resilience. Most importantly, attendees will come away with ways to bolster curiosity and find the gifts new situations can bring.

Jim Robinson (Fulbright Specialist Pakistan, 2018) brought his workshop “Improvisation and Mental Health” to USEFP, NUST, and COMSATS. He has worked with international students for over 35 years, teaching improvisation and psychology in Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Panama, and Australia. Currently Jim works with social workers and law enforcement officers, using improv techniques as a method for crisis intervention and motivational interviewing.

Ethan Goldbach, BA. Ethan has a Bachelor’s in History and International Studies. He volunteered, tutored, and taught for the last 8 years in the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Malaysia (Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2015 & 2016), and Bangladesh (Asian University for Women (2019-present). 

Unhooked!

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Wish (to support the work of Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts)
Online Platform: Zoom Meeting
Ages: Ages 18+

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Unhooked!
An online evening of introductory improvisation on Zoom with Jim Robinson

Spring has sprung. Like a coil. A coil that circles endlessly. Can we let go of repetitive thoughts? Stories with tired plots? Demands on the future? In improv we say, “let go of your story and be in the moment!” Let’s get together and give it a go. This 90-minute online workshop will use improv techniques to help us have fun without insisting on perfection. Please join Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts for this pay-what-you-wish Zoom event. You can stay safe AND join us at Dreamland Arts. Sounds perfect, or at least pretty good!

Jim Robinson has a dual career in improvisation and psychology. He’s an alumnus of the Brave New Workshop, the Off-Beat Comedy Club onboard the Disney Magic, and is co-founder of Table Salt Productions, a local theater company dedicated to producing original works in the Twin Cities. Jim has also taught psychology at St. Catherine University and at the University of St. Thomas. He hails from Riverside, California.

How Dare You!

Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Wish (to support the work of Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts)
Ages: Ages 18+

How Dare You!
an improv event on Zoom with Jim Robinson (Photo: Linda Peterson, U of M)

An on-line evening of introductory improvisation in honor of Valentine’s Day. We’ve been socially distanced. Emotions are running high. Is it time to see other people? YES (and…)! Let’s get together and have a fun, supportive, passionate evening of improvisation. This 90-minute on-line workshop will use improv techniques to help us connect with one another in fun, celebratory ways! In improv we say, “Commit! Commit! Commit!” It’s time we gave that a try. Please join Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts for this pay-what-you-wish Zoom event. You can stay safe AND join us at Dreamland Arts. Sounds perfect!

Jim Robinson has a dual career in improvisation and psychology. He’s an alumnus of the Brave New Workshop, the Off-Beat Comedy Club onboard the Disney Magic, and is co-founder of Table Salt Productions, a local theater company dedicated to producing original works in the Twin Cities. Jim has also taught psychology at St. Catherine University and at the University of St. Thomas. He hails from Riverside, California.

Almost Normal

Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time
Tickets: Pay What You Wish (to support the work of Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts)
Ages: Ages 18+

Almost Normal
an improv event on Zoom with Jim Robinson (Photo: Linda Peterson, U of M)

NOTE: This performance will be presented on Zoom in a Meeting format. We recommend that you Download the Zoom App in advance and sign in prior to the show.

Winter is upon us after a frantic, perplexing fall. We’re still zooming. We’re still reeling from current events. We long for something familiar. Let’s get together and have a fun, supportive evening of improvisation. This 90-minute on-line workshop will use improv techniques to help us connect with one another in fun, celebratory ways! In improv we say, “make your scene partner look good.” It’s time we gave that a try. Please join Jim Robinson and Dreamland Arts for this pay-what-you-wish Zoom event. You can stay safe AND join us at Dreamland. Sounds perfect!

Jim Robinson has a dual career in improvisation and psychology. He’s an alumnus of the Brave New Workshop, the Off-Beat Comedy Club onboard the Disney Magic, and is co-founder of Table Salt Productions, a local theater company dedicated to producing original works in the Twin Cities. Jim has also taught psychology at St. Catherine University and at the University of St. Thomas. He hails from Riverside, California.