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Let's Be Honest About Stage Anxiety

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  • Ticket Price: $25.00
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
  • Where: M.i. Westside Comedy Theater - Classes 1323-A 3rd St Santa Monica, CA 90401

We ALL get nervous on stage sometimes.

Regardless of how many improv books you read or classes you take, one of the most common complaints from performers is being "in their head." Many improvisers go years without addressing a missing piece of the puzzle: The
physiological mechanics of performance anxiety. The human brain processes normal anxiety by drawing our cognition away from the prefrontal cortex into the amygdala's "fight or flight mode." But stage anxiety is more complex, involving the inferior parietal cortex... which is activated when we fear judgment from others. Athletes often utilize mind exercises to get into the zone, but a *performer* has the extra challenge of tackling ego and vulnerability. Our improv suffers when we make choices out of panic. We will explore ways to calm the brain so you can have more fun on stage.

Al Garcia has been involved with the WCT for nearly a decade as a student/performer and is currently on the faculty. His
graduate degree involved topics including anxiety and neuroplasticity in the brain. He is a consultant for his business model called Unconventional Solutions.

"Al Garcia’s workshop was everything I wanted to talk about since I started improv, but was too afraid to ask... What’s really great about Al’s workshop is how wonderful he is at making everyone feel at ease... I’m a better player for it."
--Matt S.

"A pointed and conscious step investigation 
into the mental fog of stage anxiety during scenes... My favorite aspects of his teaching are his always interesting and innovative exercises." --Vivek T.


Prerequisites: None


Let's Be Honest About Stage Anxiety
Saturday, April 23rd 3-6 PM
Cost: $25


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Let's Be Honest About Stage Anxiety
Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:00 PM
M.i. Westside Comedy Theater - Classes, Santa Monica, CA
  • 18 & over
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