Improvisation Workshop with Rico Bruce Wade

Black Box Theatre
Sat OCT 22
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Designed for the middle/high school theatre teacher, community theatre director, educator and yes, even actors! This workshop will provide you with the tools to build an ensemble in your classroom and cast. For the individual, you’ll build skills in listening, being present, trusting your scene partner and saying “yes”!

What you’ll take away with you:

  • A list of specific games that can be used in any classroom or creative environment.
  • A list of outcomes for all games.
  • Games that can be used with an ensemble to tell and create stories.
  • How to create a safe playing environment
  • How to create, build and maintain an ensemble.
  • The confidence to implement every game with your ensemble.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn about workshop leader, Rico Bruce Wade.

Saturday, October 22nd, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Blackbox Theatre

Workshop slots are limited to 15, so register early. This free workshop will fill up fast.

Please dress in comfortable clothing and bring a lunch or snack for the 30-minute break. 


Learn about workshop leader, Rico Bruce Wade:

portrait of RicoRico Bruce Wade is an actor, writer, producer, improviser and Emmy winner, and is part of one of North America’s richest comedy traditions, the Second City. As a mainstage cast member of the Second City- Detroit, Wade co-wrote and performed in six revues including “Computer Chips and Salsa,” and “One Nation Undecided.” He also directed the Second City-Detroit touring company. Rico eventually completed his Second City resume by becoming producer of the Detroit venue.

Mr. Wade is an associate artist with the Flint Repertory Theatre, where he has appeared in productions of Death of a Salesman, Into the Woods (Wilde Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the world premiere of The Boatman. Other theater credits include Ixion Ensemble's production of Broke-ology, the Riverwalk Theatre production of Jitney, and the Farmers Alley Theatre production of The Whipping Man. His film work includes lead roles in Ken Nelson's “Sincerely, Brenda,” Scot Magie's “FOUR-NINETY” and Jeff Wray's “Songs for My Right Side.”

He has designed and facilitated workshops in improvisation for over twenty years. He is an instructor at Wayne State University and has been a teaching artist with the Detroit Creativity Project, Planet Ant Theatre and the Michigan Actors Studio.

Mr. Wade won his first Emmy Award this year for Best Actor/Narrator/Host, for his work on A Black Anthology of Music: The Resilience of Jazz, produced by Learning through Art Cincinnati.

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