Workshops & Private Coaching




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Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Improvisational Acting Classes
& Individual Coaching

Get the tools you need for great presentations and performances!

For more information and registration:
E-Mail daena@daenagiardella.com

Every time you interact with someone, you become an improvisational actor.

A job interview. An audition. A cocktail party. A simple phone call. In each case, you become your own writer. Your own director. Your own actor. No day goes according to plan. No meeting goes as anticipated. No casual conversation plays out according to a script. But the talents you'll develop in this workshop are the next best thing.

Here are some of the skills you'll learn:

  • Create scenes that are dynamic, specific, and interesting
  • Create and develop believable characters
  • Create spontaneous monologues
  • Communicate with confidence and presence
  • Authenticity, risk-taking, and boldness
  • Teamwork and ensemble skills
  • Physical and vocal freedom

Even performing artists can polish their acting chops.

Just as life doesn't go by a script, the film and TV industries are relying on improvisations to develop scenes. So even seasoned actors could benefit from brushing up on their improv skills.

Good scenes begin with the right setting.

Stretching and pushing yourself works best if you feel safe. The right environment is essential. In Daena's Improvisation Acting Lab, you'll learn in a fun and supportive atmosphere where trust underlies everything we do.

Meet Daena.

Daena has dual backgrounds in the performing arts and in organizational development and coaching. An actor, director and consultant, she has spent over 25 years combining these disciplines and, in the process, pioneered an innovative method for teaching improvisation to people from virtually every profession.

"There's no getting around it. We live in an unscripted world. You can rehearse in front of a mirror till the cows come home -- for that job interview, for that meeting where you're expected to speak, for the moment when you finally walk up to that very attractive person at the gym and introduce yourself. But the minute there's another person involved, the script goes out the window. If you mean to make an impression, you have to be able to think on your feet, hurl yourself into the moment, and improvise."
CNN, August, 2008

Daena has pioneered a popular, innovative, and movement based approach for teaching improvisational acting to people from all walks of life. Her insightful coaching, mastered over 25 years of practice, helps students become versatile improvisers and actors. Classes include participants from all levels of experience. Beginners welcome!


Daena Offers Private Coaching Sessions

Daena's one-on-one coaching sessions are individually tailored to address the needs and goals of each person. You can choose from a variety of focus areas, including:

  • learning effective presentation skills as you develop physical and verbal flexibility
  • exploring and cultivating Your Creative Process
  • preparing for an audition, play, presentation or job interview
  • enhancing your communication skills and self-expression
  • exploring your life/work choices & transitions
  • overcoming performance anxiety and stage fright

Daena also coaches writers and performers who are interested in generating or honing original material for stage, fiction, or memoir projects.

For more details, e-mail daena@daenagiardella.com

Theatre Retreat Workshops

Stay Tuned for Next Dates!

For over 20 years Daena has been offering THEATRE RETREAT WORKSHOPS in beautiful natural settings away from the stresses of everyday life where participants have the opportunity to practice the skills of acting and movement improvisation in a format that creates expansiveness of time and space. Recently Daena has been thrilled to bring a 5-day workshop to the profoundly inspiring beauty of New Mexico.

Go to "Theatre Retreats in Nature" for enthusiastic responses from New Mexico Theatre Retreat participants.

For more details, e-mail daena@daenagiardella.com