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Meisner Acting Training at Waterfront Playhouse 


INSTRUCTOR: Fontana Butterfield

WPC’s New Conservatory Session will run from July 2016 – June 2017
TUESDAYS, 6:30pm – 9:30pm &
SATURDAYS, 10am-1pm.

Session One: July 12th – October 15th, 2016.
Session Two: October 29th – February 7th, 2016, 2017.
Session Three: February 21st – June 17th, 2016

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Waterfront Conservatory’s approach to each actor’s integration of the technique begins with the recognition and development of the individual artist’s unique creative spark.  Citing performance as a practice of generosity and risk, infusing every area and level of training, is the cultivation of a unified and powerful ensemble. Courage, an appetite for discovery, and the requisite surrender to the disciplines of the craft in service to the text and vision of the writer unite the individual students in an atmosphere of responsibility, respect, and compassion.


Improv training for everyone.

We view every person we work with as a performer, no matter his or her job title. Every time you give a presentation, you’re taking the stage on behalf of yourself, your team, and your company. And every time you give a presentation, you have an incredible opportunity to inspire, entertain, and empower your audience with your message. The data and the deck are not enough; you have to tell a story. And not just any story but your story. Why are you the person giving this presentation? What do you have to say? And how are you going to take advantage of this opportunity?

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Improv for Everyone!

The 3 Rules of Improvisation are... 

  • Make positive offers. 

  • Say the first thing that comes to your mind. 

  • Make your partner look good.

Want to know a simple and fun way to create an environment where innovative thoughts originate? The criteria for creativity and innovation are incredibly simple. Great ideas are built when people are in a relaxed state and in a good mood. Sometimes your team just needs to get together, have fun, laugh, relieve stress, burn off steam, and enjoy each other's company in a friendly, no-pressure environment. 



• Innovation/Creativity — Improv games are designed to build on each other so that great ideas are sneaked up on. The greatest inventions and ideas came from these moments of looking at the problem from a new angle. There are simple, fun techniques to learn to not only think outside the box but think outside the box next to the box….

Working with the foundation of improv, various exercises are designed to keep participants present and in the moment.  Participants develop a group mind built on trust and having fun creating from their imagination


• Teamwork/Collaboration – Improv can be the perfect activity to bring your team

together in unique way that promotes interaction, "team bonding," and laughter. The first

rule of improv is to “Make your partner look good”. Collaboration builds the platform of trust

and seeing your teammates in a new light creates deep bonds that can often take years to

form. Or all it takes is a group of people jumping into an afternoon of play. 


• Dare to Fail — People tend to overthink things and are afraid of throwing out ideas without a lot of soul-searching and research beforehand. This is an experience where every idea is accepted with gratitude and built upon. When trust is built, your team mates are inspired to speak all of their ideas out loud knowing that they will be supported and listened to. Dare to fail is an improv concept wherein group exercises are designed to get ideas on the table without judgment.


• Create-Your-Own Workshop Workshops can also be tailored to your company’s needs. 


Contact Fontana Butterfield here to book a workshop or training.




"The feedback has been great and we can't wait to schedule another one. (You have a LOT of fans over here!)"

– Heather Henley, Human Resources, Eleven Inc.


"The most valuable lesson was how to work in collaboration with other people, specifically how to embrace what everyone offers which keeps the momentum going and moves a project forward. It also creates a safe environment for everyone to work in." – Stephen Hemenway


"A great and relaxing way to practice how to respond on your feet right there, right now with your instinct, which is important in client presentation." – Eugene Kam


"Fontana Butterfield's improv session was an exciting and fun exercise that allowed us to loosen up, bond as a group, enjoy the workplace and rediscover our own spontaneous inner-child!" – Leesha McKinzie



Improv for Everyone

Fontana Butterfield

2261 Market Street #439A

San Francisco, CA 94114

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