Befriend Your Inner Critic— Jill Eickmann

Leela Theatre, San Francisco

Sunday, Sep. 1st, 11:00am to 2:00pm at Hideout Theatre (Downstairs)

Workshop Details

Is that negative monster inside your head inhibiting you from freely expressing your awesomeness?! Do you find yourself judging your ideas before, during, or after improvisation? Develop a mindful awareness of the inner critic, and learn strategies and tools to decrease its power over you. Through the use of improvisation exercises, mindfulness based practices, and psychodramatic techniques, we will support each of our classmates unique path towards playing freely and confidently… ultimately, developing compassion for ourselves and others. *Please note, this class will likely bring up vulnerable and challenging personal material. Students will be asked to share their truth and likely confront personal challenges. Jill is a licensed psychotherapist and drama therapist and will be utilizing drama therapy techniques with the goal of supporting actors’ psychological freedom with their spontaneous choices. However, the contract for the workshop is NOT therapy.

Teacher Bio(s)

JILL EICKMANN is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Leela, a San Francisco based improvisational theatre company and training center. She serves as a Producer/Board Member for The San Francisco Improv Festival and Executive Producer of Femprovisor Fest: SF’s womxn in improv fest. Jill has taught her signature style of improvisation to thousands of improvisors of all ages at Leela, Stanford University (GSB), the University of Chicago (GSB), and multiple national improv festivals. Most notably, she taught a private improv class to cast members of Disney’s The Lion King - Broadway Tour. Jill was the founder of the three person improv ensemble, Road Dawgz, where she performed with Tony Award Winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Law Tarello (Second City Chicago Faculty) throughout NYC. Her Bay Area performance highlights include Life and Adventures!, Sacrifices and Transformations, God Put A Smile Upon My Face (her one-woman show), and The Razowsky Project, performing under the guidance of the project’s director, David Razowsky. She currently performs with Leela's Armando Company and enjoys playing in duos and small group ensembles with improvisors across the nation including Diana Brown, Marcus Sams, Chris Dejong, Kat Dudley, Jay Sukow, Brian James O’Connell, Sunita Deshpande, Steven J. Burnett, Michael Davenport, and Janene Lin (among others). She studied in New York and Chicago with some of the best from Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB), The Second City, IO (Improv Olympic), Annoyance Productions, and Magnet Theater. Jill is also a licensed marriage and family therapist and drama therapist, and self-revelatory theatre director who continues to research and teach the psychological implications and therapeutic benefits of improvisation. Through the use of drama therapy, improvisation, and role play, she helps diverse individuals commit, connect, and trust one another, ultimately becoming a family who can survive any obstacle that comes their way. She enjoys working with local start-ups, established companies, and business leaders to support a positive working environment while fostering boundless collective creativity. Past clients include The Clorox Company, Salesforce, Adobe, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, IBM, and Youtube (among others.)

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