Presenter Profile

Heather Curran

Guest Artist

Heather earned her Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and has served in various roles in public education over 16 years, including bilingual classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, instructional coach, and facilitator.  She loves working with students of all ages and is passionate about fostering the love of learning, critical thinking, mindfulness, and fun inside and outside the classroom.

She is a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and a guest teaching artist at local schools. Heather is a former Board Chair and board member of the GroupMind Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Denver improv community.

Heather's Workshops

    ‘Start in the Middle!’ Strong Initiations in Improvised Scenework

    Beginning, Intermediate, / Acting, , , , , /

    In this workshop, participants will practice strong initiations that jump to the heart of the relationship, circumstance, or idea. Cut out the unnecessary and hone your ability to connect to your scene partner immediately in any scene. Find the interesting and funny aspects of scenes faster and avoid becoming a 'talking head' on stage by using your environment, physicality, and emotions while you improvise.

    Character Creations!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    Do you fall back on the same types of characters in scenes? Get out of the predictable and create new and interesting characters for your audiences. In this workshop, participants will learn several tools and techniques for establishing fresh, engaging characters to use in scenes. Character gauntlets, character chains, and character interviews are just a few of the strategies we will use. Get ready to expand your character repertoire!

    Open It Up! “Information Gatherers to Open a Long Form Show”

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    In long-form improv, many groups use an 'opener' or 'information gatherer' to start a show. In this workshop, participants will learn various long-form improv openers and practice using them to build strong scenes that are interesting and fun. Participants will also work on scenework fundamentals.