TRIUMPH! Workshops

Unscrewed Theater is proud to present four 3-hour workshops with Amanda Blake Davis and Celeste Pechous of TRIUMPH!

Workshops are $60 each. Only $200 if you enroll in all four! 

Maximum number of students for each workshop is 16. Students must be 18 years or older. Tuition is non-refundable.

A Taste of Long-Form

Friday, November 3. 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Dissect the long-form structure bit by bit, starting with the opening and moving into the game, tag outs, walk-ons, editing, callbacks, ensemble, grounded-scene work, environment/object heightening and of course the characters and relationships that drive the long-form forward.

“The Montage” and “The Oak Tree” will be the centerpiece of this focus.


The Initiation

Saturday, November 4. 10am – 1pm.

The first few lines of an improvised scene are the beginnings of a blueprint for said scene. Initiating can sometimes provoke anxiety. This concentration will work that initiation muscle and lessen those fears so you can be confident right out of the gate.

We’ll focus on removing all second-guessing of yourself when it comes to starting a scene by providing strong initiating choices, actions, and dialogue.


The Supporting Role

Saturday, November 4. 2 – 5pm.

Support Roles are often undermined in their concrete ability to heighten and enhance a scene to it’s full potential.

This workshop will allow you to look at the scene from a whole new angle via different avenues of supporting what is already there by adding to the scene via entrances, exits, walk-ons, background, and atmosphere. Find purpose, timing and voice in your supporting roles.


The Two-Person Monoscene

Sunday, November 5. 1 – 4pm.

A ten-minute, two-person scene… make you a little nervous? Good. That means you’re ready.

Before you know it, you’ll easily be able to do a two-person 25-minute set. Detailed analysis and notes after each scene. YOU can (and will) do it.


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 Amanda Blake Davis:

Amanda Blake Davis is an actress and improviser living in Los Angeles. She wrote and performed five revues in Chicago  at The Second City etc where she won a Jeff Award for ‘Best Actress in a Revue’ for Studs Terkel’s Not Working. She performs regularly with Baby Wants Candy (UCB Sunset), Heyday and The Armando Show (iO West) and Triumph (The Second City Hollywood).

She is a freelance writer for Wabbit! and co author of 50 ShadesThe Original Parody Musical of 50 Shades of Grey. She and her writing partner recently sold their pilot, Taught, to Indigenous Media.


About Celeste Pechous:

Celeste Pechous has been kicking the comedy improv tires for the last two decades.  As an alumnae of the National Touring Company with Second City, Pechous performed comedy all over the world.  She has trained and performed at the Second City, iO Chicago/LA, and The Annoyance Theaters.

Pechous was honored Best Actress for her work in The Clan at the Midwest Film Festival and recently honored Best Actress from the Downtown LA Film Festival and The SNAFF Film Festival for her work in the dark-comedy short, Past Due, based on her short story.

TV credits include Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Workaholics and Review on Comedy Central and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.  Pechous made her film debut in Marc Forster’s Stranger Than Fiction and can be seen next in HBO’s Sharp Objects and Netflix’s One Day at a Time.  When she’s not selling you milk, insurance, BMWs or computers, you can see her improvise regularly at iO West and Second City LA.  She loves… really loves teaching and coaching improv (she does it a lot).