Chilling Out to Power Up

Tools to De-Stress and Succeed HARDER at Work
One & Two-Day Workshops

Imagine living through and performing a painful, sobbing, break-up scene, live on-stage, night after night, for 8 shows a week, 8 weeks in a row.  Imagine needing, each night to be just as real, connected, vulnerable and present as the last.  Now imagine not being able to let any of the judgements, projections, thoughts, energies (and sometimes coughing fits, candy wrappers, and conversations) of the hundreds and hundreds of audience members in the room to slow you down, distract you, mess you up, or throw you off… at all. 

If you imagine yourself in that situation, and if you consider how you might feel having to navigate that process night after night, does it make sense that working, professional actors might have a trick or two up their sleeves about how to stay calm under pressure, release pent up stress, and let go of fears and projections about the future?

Any actor worth their salt has had to develop sophisticated tools for finding inner peace, calm, and ease in their body if they intends to survive and hopefully thrive in the world of live theater and/or on camera-acting.  Actors must be emotionally vulnerable, while at the same time, strong as nails. 

We are a team of working Professional Actors, Improvisers, Acting Coaches and Public Speakers who have gathered and woven together all of our respective skills and tools for de-stressing, staying calm, and letting go of other peoples’ energy, into this remarkable one (or two) day workshop designed to empower you to drop in, calm down and let go.

The first step to having more peace at work is taking full responsibility for ourselves.  From there, anything is possible.  In this interactive, experiential workshop, our skilled team of working professionals will teach you practical, effective, easy-to-use tools for taking radical self-responsibility, tuning in and settling down. 

Prepare to be so peaceful your coworkers will ask if they can have a little bit of whatever it is you’re having!

Our Facilitators

KATIE RUBIN, MFA

Working Actress and Comic, Instructor at Stanford University,

Continuing Studies, and American Conservatory Theater

Katie Rubin is a Stand Up Comic, Actress, and Educator. She received her MFA in Acting at UC Davis, and her BA in Theater at Amherst College. She teaches Acting, Improv, and Stand Up Writing at Stanford and at A.C.T. Her online writing class is continually running (details at katierubin.com/classes). Recent Acting credits include: Lisette in “The Heir Apparent” at The Aurora, Patricia in “The Taming” at Marin Shakes, Tanya in "The North Plan," Mrs. Daldry in “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play,” and Wendy in "Hunter Gatherers at Cap Stage, Izzy in “Rabbit Hole,” and The Nurse in “Wit,” at The B Street Theater.

MARK RAFAEL, MFA 

Professor at UC Berkeley and USF

Mark Rafael is a professional actor, educator, and Communication coach.  A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, he is currently a professor at the University of California Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. He also teaches at the American Conservatory Theater where he cofounded their Acting for Executive Presence program. Among the clients he has worked with are Pinterest, Facebook, Cisco, and Bank of America. He is the author of “Telling Stories: A Grand Unifying Theory of Acting Techniques” and has appeared as an actor in “Titanic”, “Star Trek Voyager”, and “Chance” among others.

FONTANA BUTTERFIELD

Professional Actress and Teaching Artist

Fontana Butterfield is an actor, improvisor, and coach with decades of experience teaching improv, acting and public speaking Academy of Art, Waterfront Theater, Speechless and ACT. She has a BA in Theater from SFSU, and completed the conservatory training in the Meisner technique at Laura Henry Studio in LA followed by extensive Meisner teaching training with Laura Henry. Recent theater acting credits include works at Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Marin Shakespeare Company, Tides Theatre, Custom Made, Z Space and Shotgun Players. Fontana performs at comedy festivals and venues across the country with the improv duo The Right Now.

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