Improvisation Workshop Summer 2018

Join us for a week of suspense, hilarity, and creative invention at Marymount Manhattan College in July 2018.

Everybody loves games, and many of us harbor a secret desire to act up a storm. Our Theatre Games & Improvisation workshop will give you opportunities to do both. You will develop spontaneity and an inclination for creative inventions, all the while learning the free use of mind and body to express your emotions and create dialogue. Exercises will encourage you to channel imaginary characters and bizarre sets of circumstances in ways you never thought possible. 



Diana Nash Diana Nash, M.A., is an educator (M.A. Counseling Psychology), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and actress (Member of Actors’ Equity).

Diana began her acting career as a child with her own Saturday morning kids’ radio show in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Later she performed in regional theatre in Indiana and Ohio in numerous plays and musicals. She moved to Off Broadway in New York and a TV detective series in Hollywood.

Her next career path brought her to Marymount Manhattan College to work with college students while earning her degrees in psychology. She became a college administrator and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), and holds a M.A. and 6th Year certificate in the Ph.D. Counseling Psychology Program, both from New York University.

Diana so loves learning about psychology and human behavior that she began to teach psychology at NYU and MMC, both her alma maters.  Ms. Nash was awarded the Marymount Faculty Tribute Award by the Class of 2013. She is the author of Creating Balance as a New Professional: Caring for Others by Caring for Yourself, published by Blackwell Publishers, 2009.

Presently, Diana serves as the Director of the Academic Access Program at MMC. The Program provides academic support and services for students who have learning disabilities. She continues to teach and contributes to “Talkbacks,” after psychologically-oriented plays here in the City. Diana provides workshops city-wide for such organizations as Mind Full (MDFL) known for growth enhancing meditation.

With the Theatre Games & Improvisations Workshop at Marymount Manhattan, Diana has come full circle and—once again, happily—has an opportunity to perform and teach in the theatre. 

Workshop Description

In today’s world, we talk more to our machines than we do to each other. Have we forgotten how to communicate? Are we communicating authentically? Can we ever really know what others mean?

This Theatre Games & Improvisations Workshop will teach you to be comfortable in your own skin—to express what you mean as you develop new ways to communicate with others and express your true self. Experts say that 80-90% of communication is body language: this course will help you learn how to understand and accurately interpret social cues. Learn the secrets of communication while having fun!

Each of the four workshop sessions will be structured in four parts and will contain the following components: 

  • Warmalizing : unwind and tune up for body & spirit: beginning work with props, partner interaction, reading/sending cues, observing body language, sending messages, etc.
  •  Theatre Games or Improvisations: Laughing exercise, A Day at the Beach, Am I really an animal?, the Walking Dead at the Wax Museum, etc.
  • Vocalizing: Improvise your scene with your partner based on “secret” information known only to one participant and not the other. What is really “going on” will unfold and promises to be amazing.
  • Chillaxing –chill out and relax –a cool way to wind down. The opposite of warm-up and just as important. Each student will choose one thing learned or better understood from the day’s workshop that they can now explain to others and that will add to their view of the world. 

Workshop Outcomes

After participating in the workshop, students will be able to:

  • Have fun with Theatre Games & Improvisations!!
  • Identify the social cues and body language of other people
  • Utilize the skill of engaged/deep listening
  • Express themselves in a spontaneous and respectful manner
  • Focus on the moment-to-moment experience of communication with a partner
  • Be comfortable in their external and internal environments
  • Laugh and create a lot of crazy dialogue

Program Dates and Meeting Times
  • Monday July 9, 2018:  2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018:  2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018:  2:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018: 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Workshop Cost

 This workshop costs $399.

Registration Information for MMC Students

Current MMC Students may click on the link below to download the workshop application.  The completed  Workshop Application Form should be returned to Jacqueline Noel in Academic Affairs (Carson Hall 807) in person, or by  email to

Upon acceptance into the Workshop, you will be notified and your MMC student account will be charged.  Full Payment must be made by June 18, 2018 to the Center for Student Services. All payments are non-refundable upon receipt.

Download the application form 

Registration Information for High School Students

High school students who are at least 16 years of age as of 7/1/18 and live within 25 miles of the Marymount Manhattan Campus may apply for this intensive. Housing is not provided for this intensive. High school students will be required to have a Parental Program Consent Form signed by their parent or legal guardian.  The form can be downloaded here and should be emailed to .

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