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Actor's Training for Everyday Life


The most important tenant to improv comedy is Saying Yes. This is also the most important part of everyday communication, says Valerie Kittel, who’s workshop “Re-training Your Mind One Improv at a Time,” hits the Salt Lake Acting Company stage on Wednesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. ----

William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players.” So, why do some never receive a callback for a B-movie life and others are the active directors of a Tony Award-winning life? Maybe that’s a stretch of a metaphor, but here’s the answer: The barriers to effective communication lie in a lack of self-awareness and confidence and an excessive of self-doubt, which means telling oneself “No,” more often than not, Kittel says.

Her company Conscious Speaking, takes a performance-based approach to communication, teaching laypersons the richness of theatrical training as applied to life’s everyday moments. In conjunction with SLAC’s most recent play, Circle Mirror Transformation—a quirky look behind the scene’s at an actor’s workshop—this special workshop will demonstrate the crossover between improv acting’s essentials (trust, awareness, body language, saying yes, etc.) and interviews, client pitches or simply communicating in relationships. And like Circle Mirror Transformation, there should be an interesting mash-up of techniques and folks from various backgrounds that, if nothing else, will make for an amusing evening of interaction.

The workshop is open to the general public, not exclusively for actors. In fact, Kittel assumes very few actors will attend. It costs $65. For more information or to register, e-mail Kittel at or call 801-699-4613.