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Improv workshop in Newport, Oregon!

If you happen to be in the Newport, Oregon area on Saturday August 5th come participate in my improv intensive put on by the Red Octopus Theater Company!

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presented by: Red Octopus Theatre Company

Starts:Saturday, August 05, 2017  12:00 PMEnds:Saturday, August 05, 2017  5:00 PM


FREE ($5 Suggested Donation)



777 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365


Those of all skill levels are invited to come experience the crazy, creative world of “Improv” in this fun-filled workshop, led by television’s Curtis Andersen. 

The event will include a broad range of topics, exercises, and games, including (but not limited to): building trust, warm-up games, how to listen, building a scene, ending a scene, comedy improv vs. dramatic improv, and more.

Curtis Andersen spent the last decade as a member of the nationally-acclaimed improv troupeImprov Shmimprov, performing live improvisational comedy on Friday and Saturday nights. He also conducts a seminar titled Think Fast, which trains business professionals to use improvisational techniques to increase their performance and solve problems creatively.

Andersen has guest starred on many television shows, including That 70’s ShowMalcolm in the MiddleParty of Five3rd Rock from the Sun,Veronica MarsThe Gilmore Girls, and Feud: Bette & Joan. He has had recurring roles on Saved by the Bell: The New Class7th Heaven, and is often recognized as Gordie from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

In addition to his television work, Andersen can also be seen in many films, including The Rules of Attraction, and Michael Bay’s Oscar-winning film,Pearl Harbor

Red Octopus Theatre Company is excited to welcome Andersen to Newport. For over a decade he has helped artists do the work that has lead them to network television shows and major feature films – in the form of private coaching, or in his role as head of faculty at the McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts.

This event is appropriate for those aged 13 and up, and is free (however, there is a $5 suggested donation.) The Newport Performing Arts Center is located at 777 W Olive Street in Newport, Oregon.


The Red Octopus Workshop series allows established and/or new performers alike a creative outlet, and an opportunity to hone their current skills and/or learn new ones. Past workshops topics have included movement, performing Shakespeare, puppetry, audition skills, and short play writing. Those with questions about this workshop or future offerings are encouraged to visit the Red Octopus Workshop’s official Facebook

For more information about Red Octopus Theatre Company, visit



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Fun Video Friday: “Show Me That” Pokemon Battle


The one thing I can say about re-branding yourself and becoming a “startup” is that you find all kinds of things as you troll through your social media and online accounts. Let’s say you are going through your YouTube page so you can re-brand the channel. You may find that there were some videos you had forgotten about, like this one from an Improv Shmimprov show many years ago. Heads up – maybe a little NSFW and if the kids are under 13 you might want to watch it first.

Let’s see what else we can find this weekend!

See you next time!

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January 23, 2015 · 9:11 am

Team Half-Ass – Out of March Madness, but we put up a hell of a fight!

Last night was the 3-way battle for the finals in Improv Shmimprov’s March Madness and it was a doozy! Enrique and I had a really strong show and we were able to walk away feeling good about how we did – even if we didn’t take the overall win. also, our video played without incident last night! for those of you weren’t able to attend here it is for your viewing pleasure:

See you next time!

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New Course Schedule at Studio 105!

Starting in 2014 there will be new options to help build your career or introduce you to your inner actor. Our new All-Ages Beginner Class will now be availabe on Mondays from 6-8pm taught by Curtis Andersen. This class will focus on all the acting basics utilizing our tried and tested three-prong system focusing on improvisation, scene study and audition techniques; great for someone just starting out. You’ll learn in a comfortable environment with others at your level so there’s no risk of feeling out of place or embarrassed.
Also we will be introducing our new seminar program. At the end of each quarter we will present a seminar designed to help further your career, whether it be in the entertainment industry or not! In March and October we’ll present Entertainment 101, 30 years of experience packed into 2 hours helping to get you started in the wild world of entertainment, and in June and December we’ll present Think Fast, using improvisation to enhance your performance. Think Fast is good for actors and non-actors alike and a great way to help build your confidence. Seats are available for just $50!
So to break it down:
  • Monday – All-ages Beginner’s class with Curtis Andersen 6-8pm
  • Tuesday – Beginning Level Acting with Steven Nelson 7-9pm
  • Wednesday – Advanced Technique with Curtis Andersen 7-9pm
  • Thursday – Advanced Technique with Steven Nelson 7-9pm
  • End of March – Entertainment 101 with Curtis Andersen Time TBA
  • End of June – Think Fast: Using Improv to Improve Your Performance Time TBA
  • End of October – Entertainment 101 with Curtis Andersen Time TBA
  • End of December – Think Fast: Using Improv to Improve Your Performance Time TBA
It’s going to be an exciting year!
We look forward to seeing you!

For more info go to STUDIO

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