SUNDAY September 4th
The Power of Fearless Support
Debra Downing, Rebecca Sohn and Jean Villepique of Switchboard (Chicago)
Noon - 4pm
State Theater, 713 Congress Avenue
Tired of sweep edits? Are your transitions a chore?
Rebecca, Jean and Deb co-teach a workshop that caters to smaller groups who’d like to work together more seamlessly. But don’t worry; if you’re not currently in a group, we’ll form them in the workshop. You will experience true support, make bolder choices, take more risks, listen more actively – with your whole body, and create and support a group mind. Participants will learn skills for transformational edits from the source. Jean Villepique, who worked with Four Square in Chicago, brings music into your improv world. Rebecca Sohn inspires with choices for character development, and Debra Downing pulls the tools together to help groups actualize these transformations. The Switchboard Workshop will change how you edit, and make you a better listener.
DEBRA DOWNING is an actor, writer and improvisor currently living in Los Angeles. She is honored to be a part of Switchboard, a three woman improvised show with Rebecca Sohn and Jean Villepique which performs all over the country. Debra is an alumnae of The Chicago Second City Mainstage, ETC and National Touring Company. Other Chicago credits include "Chicagoland" at The Annoyance Theater (a live improvised show and pilot), "The Claudia & Deb Show" with Claudia Wallace, and many shows at the iO Theater such as "Under The Influence", an improvised show inspired by guest poets and Baby Wants Candy, an improvised musical. New York credits include "New Play" an improvised play in two acts at The Magnet Theater, "The Steve Miller Band and Other Annoying Monsters or Oceanquake!" at The UCB Theater, and "Tiny Spectacular" at The Magnet Theater. Deb was a founding member of The Caterpillars, a post-feminist rock band, and has been featured at many stand up shows in Chicago and New York, most recently at the DC Comedy Festival.
REBECCA SOHN lives and works in Chicago. She’s a Second City alum and a member of The Annoyance Theatre. She's thrilled to be bringing Switchboard back to Austin. Current improv shows include In A World at Annoyance, "Virgin Daquiri" at iO and "Almost ATLANTA" in various theaters. Almost ATLANTA is an improvised, 2 act dramatic play using an actual living breathing playwright to guide us through the show. She and her husband Rich Sohn brought their sketch show "Idiot Tango" to Austin in 2009. Her own show, "Hope is a Four Letter Word", enjoyed an extended run on the ETC stage. As a “legit” theater actor she has performed for Steppenwolf, About Face, Remy Bumppo and others. Some Film/TV credits include Early Edition, Yonghong and Stages of Emily. She teaches improv for The Annoyance and various independent workshops.
JEAN VILLEPIQUE has been improvising for 20 years. She studied with Del Close in Chicago at the iO Theater and went on to perform, write, and teach for The Second City. In New York, Jean taught and performed at the Magnet Theater and continues to coach, teach and work as a corporate trainer using improvisation. She has taught at festivals in Chicago, NY, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Los Angeles, & Austin.
When & Where
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival is a 7-day live performance festival that showcases some of the best in improv, sketch, stand-up, and filmed comedy from all over the country. Now in it’s 10th year, the festival also includes a miniature golf tournament where performers compete to win the Ridiculous Jacket, a trophy unrivalled in mini sports.