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Creative Aging – A “Yes and … Culture” Workshop Series

June 20, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday, repeating until June 28, 2022


Improvisation Techniques for Life, Projects & Perspective

Designed for Anyone Who Would Like To Learn & Apply Improvisation Tools To Life, Connection & Creation



June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 2022 from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

June 29 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM for a Culmination

Workshop Held At:  Brüka Theatre, 99 N. Virginia Street, Reno NV  89501



Led by Theatre Artist & NV Arts Council Artist In Residence Mary Bennett
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Description of Class – This class is designed for anyone who would like to learn and apply Improvisation tools to life, connection and creation.  Over the course of six, 75 minute workshops participants will develop confidence, patterns and storytelling skills that lend themselves to trust, engagement, connection and acceptance.  Through improv strategies participants develop communication skills that become part of a conversation, lend to story development and explore the success or failure of a collaborative structure while celebrating the outcome.  The class will explore improv techniques and focus on at least one storytelling improv structure per session that includes making offers, CROW (Character, Relationships, Objective, Where) and collaboration.  Each class will finish with a conversation that reviews the strategies, realizations and further work. Classes will include movement that accommodates a variety of abilities.


Social Engagement – The application of “yes-and” helps people to feel heard, valued and accepted.  Deeper listening skills are developed as we add to suggestions, open up to collaborative ideas and become more open by shifting language and perspective. The classes will be structured so that participants make personal connections and get to know each other, developing respect for each other through listening, trust and understanding.


Culminating Event Description – The seventh session will feature class participants re-engaging in improv structures highlighted in the classes, a salon style conversation and participants may invite guests to watch and participate in the conversation.


ABOUT THE ARTIST:  Mary Bennett: Mary is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Brüka Theatre in Reno and The Carson City Ghost Walk.  As a professional theatre artist she is a renaissance person creating as an actor/playwright/director/producer/theatre maker.  Her one woman original show: Dorothy Parker … Shivering and Sighing won Best of The San Francisco Fringe Festival and toured nationally. Stage Training and Performance include: The American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco, Bay Area TheatreSports (BATS), Dell Arte’ International Theatre Company, New York Stage & Film, B Street Theatre, Brüka Theatre, GLM Theatre Company, The Reno Philharmonic, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Ballet, New York Stage & Film, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and The Missoula Children’s Theatre.  Mary is an Equity Actor and Kennedy Center trained teaching artist working as an artist in residence with Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation and an arts integration specialist and was awarded the Sierra Arts Foundation Grant (2022) in Performing Arts.

This workshop series is  made possible by a generous grant from The Nevada Arts Council, The NEA & Lifetime Arts.


Brüka Theatre
99 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501 United States
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(775) 323-3221
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