Free Improv Workshop Jan. 17

Charlottesville, VA -Piedmont Virginia Community College's student Theatre Club (Masquers) invites the public to a free workshop on the art of theatrical improvisation Friday, Jan. 17, from 6 until 8 p.m., in the Maxwell Theatre (Black Box) in PVCC's V. Earl Dickinson Building.

Using a series of games and exercises for both long- and short-form improv, participants will learn to think fast, improve performance skills and build on the ability to create possibilities. The workshop will also introduce techniques used in playback theater, an original form of improvisational theater in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. The focus will be on ensemble work with the goal of staging a performance later this spring.

The workshop is led by Brad Stoller, PVCC's coordinator of theatre productions. An award-winning playwright, Stoller received a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from the University of Virginia and has taught drama to youth and adults for more than 20 years. For more information, contact Stoller at 434.961.5246 or email

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located on the PVCC campus at the south end of College Drive, and ample, free parking is located in front of the building. To view PVCC's full Fine and Performing Arts season, log on to