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Improvise With the Strengths of an Autistic Person

December 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This is a FREE workshop event limited to 6 students only. You must sign up in order to get the exact location of the venue. It will be in the Jingletown area of Oakland, about a 15 minute walk from Fruitvale BART. Use the contact form to sign up or the Facebook event page.

Students should have completed some improv training in the past, but do not necessarily have to have had stage experience.

Behaviors that are stereotypically seen as a deficit in autistic people in the “real world,” often lead to more interesting and engaging choices on stage. Traits like intense emotions and getting excited about unusual things, getting caught up in the details, being unaware of social expectations and pleasantries, stating the obvious, and being non-verbal or speaking minimally.

This workshop is designed to help teach non-autistic persons to get more comfortable doing these things that come naturally to autistic people, in order to have the tools to make different and surprising choices on stage. However, autistic people taking this workshop will gain confidence that their natural choices in these areas are not actually deficits.

NOTE: This is the first time this workshop is being run, and it is being offered for free to help test the method. If you take this workshop, it would be great if you can also offer feedback as to its usefulness and value, as well as what doesn’t work so it can be improved in the future.

Dominica Malcolm has lived her entire life on the autistic spectrum, though she only learned this truth from a specialist in 2017. Upon learning this, she realised that so much of what audiences enjoyed about her improv performances came from automatic choices she made as the result of being autistic.

Since 2016, Dominica has taken shows she’s performed with/developed to festivals in Juneau, Honolulu, Antelope Valley, Hollywood, and San Francisco, and is already scheduled for another as-yet-unannounced festival in 2019. She is the creator of the improvised reality TV-style job interview show “So You Want a Job,” and co-creator of “The Secret Lives of Villains,” a character-based duo show with Diana Brown, as well as “[ ],” an improv show without words.


December 16, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Improvative Productions