Michael Gellman Workshops

Unscrewed Theater welcomes Michael Gellman back to Tucson for a weekend of three improv workshops, including a full-day HAROLD intensive!

Only $225 if you enroll in all three workshops! 

Maximum number of students for the SHIV-PROV and Harold-The Next Generation workshops is 16. Maximum number of students for The Story Factory is 12.

Students must be 18 years or older. Tuition is non-refundable.


Friday, March 16. 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Sharpen your skills with a back to the basics workshop intensive with Michael J Gellman.

No matter how well we are trained, we can all get away from the basics and start to rely on bad habits in our performances. This workshop is designed for anyone interested in flexing their improv muscles and will also act as a great foundation for the rest of the weekend.

We will work with the practical tools and techniques used for solid improvised performance and a connected ensemble.

Harold-The Next Generation

Saturday, March 17. 10am – 1pm + 2pm – 5pm.

This full day workshop will give the participants a chance to PLAY!  This will be an opportunity to delve into a more advanced and exciting HAROLD and to practice and apply tools and techniques used to create todays Long Form.

Last year participants got a chance to briefly explore this iconic improvisational structure but this year we will get a chance to jump in with both feet and stretch our knowledge of improvisational performance. We will focus on techniques that are truthful, character driven and useful for any style of performance.

The Story Factory

Sunday, March 18. 1 – 5pm.

For centuries, improvisation has been a theatre created by actors for actors to bring our stories to life. Improvisational acting and writing go hand in hand This workshop is an opportunity for actors / improvisers to make discoveries in the art and craft of story creation.  In this four-hour intensive we will focus on the very practical tools and methods needed to create and develop ensemble generated stories.

It is important that we find ways to tell our stories on stage, film, small screen or the web.  We will focus on: allowing our characters to create the story, structures for developing text with ensembles, confidence to share your truth and gain inspiration for your stories.

*Limited to 12 students.*

Saturday and Sunday Workshops will be held at Unscrewed Theater, located at 3244 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716 (across from The Loft Cinema, next to Fronimo’s).

Parking and entrance are located in the rear of the building. Turn in to the Walgreen’s parking lot and go to the left around the building.

Friday’s Workshop will be held at the Residence Inn Williams Centre, 5400 E Williams Circle.

Unscrewed Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching, performing, and producing all forms of live improvisational theater in Tucson, AZ.

About Michael Gellman

Michael J Gellman now resides in Ontario Canada and is Artistic Director of The Process Theatre. He teaches at Loyalist College as well as Master Workshops for Second City International and Artistic New Directions NYC.  He is an alumnus of the Second City mainstage and was a resident director for Second City in Canada and the USA for 25 years. He was Artistic Director of the Second City Toronto where his shows were nominated for 7 Dora Mavor Moore Awards including twice for Outstanding Direction, nominated for Best Director for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award, and won a Chalmers Award for Best Director. He is a senior faculty and founding member of the Second City Training Center where he was a Program Head and also Director of the NY training Center.

Michael was an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago teaching Acting For Directors in the Film Directing department and designed and taught Improvisation and Acting III for the Comedy Studies department. In addition to Second City and Columbia College he has taught and designed classes and workshops in directing, acting and improvisation since 1976 at such notable institutions as: Actors Centre London, The Audition Centre, Victory Gardens Training Centre, Act One Conservatory and Loyola Law School as well as master workshops for hundreds of Universities, festivals, theatre companies and improv groups around the world. He is credited with originating “Long Form” Improvisation and his book “Process: An Improvisers Journey” (Northwestern University Press) co-authored with Mary Scruggs is a summary of his workshops on improvisational training.

His former credits include: co-founder and company member of Rendition Theatre, Artistic Associate at Organic Theatre, founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Works and Windy City Workshop and Co-Artistic Director of Wavelength.  Since 1969 Michael has worked as an actor, director, writer and stage manager.  He is a member of WGAw, AEA, Aftra-SAG, CAEA and ACTRA.

Over the past 40 years Mr. Gellman has directed, taught, and/or acted with: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, George Wendt, Del Close, Betty Thomas, Dan Castellaneta, Charna Halpern, Mick Napier, Armando Diaz, Jimmy Carrane,  David Pasquesi, Keegan-Michael Key, Linda Cash, Pat McKenna, Joel Murray, David Razowsky, Susan Messing, Bruce Pirrie, Kathryn Greenwood, Ron James, Joe Bill and many others.