What Students Say About Santa Fe Improv
“Working with Ben has helped me free my mind and take risks. The classes are professional and lots of fun!”
Barbara Hatch, Theater Instructor, New Mexico School For The Arts
“Having made a rather good living in various aspects of theater for over 50 years, I feel qualified to pass on a piece of excellent advice. Sign up for classes with Santa Fe Improv right now. Ben Taxy is a skilled, inventive, patient, and creative teacher. He will show you practical ways to create laughter and tears—and you’ll also have a good time.
Sid Mayer, retired member of AE, SAG, AFTRA, Writer’s Guild, Director’s Guild
“Santa Fe Improv is the equivalent of a creative workout session and Kate Chavez is an excellent trainer. She loosens you up and pushes you to into areas of growth. Kate creates an environment of ‘professional play’ that is a refreshing release from the stifling constraints of the daily grind. I always finish class bubbling with spontaneous creativity and open and receptive to the world around me.
“I loved working with Kate Chavez! She created a safe, fun place to hone my performing skills and take chances on improvisational forms that were new to me. It was both freeing and very disciplined. Teamwork, listening, and creating a structure were emphasized as the foundation for letting your creative mind soar! These are skills that can be applied to any performing art.”
Jennifer Graves, Actor
“Robin Holloway will guide you through the intimidating darkness of Improv by teaching you how to connect-the-dots, find the truth, and express honestly the reality of what’s happening in the scene. Robin is an imaginative leader – his class improves your listening skills, exercises your brain and keeps you on your toes. I can’t wait for the next class to start.”
Jodi McGinnis Porter, public relations professional
“Ben Taxy is a fantastic teacher. He is passionate, articulate, and totally committed to a vision of improv that puts the “team” first and emphasizes listening, discovery, and heightened awareness.”
Warren Houghteling, Actor, Writer, and Software Developer
“When I was learning Robin‘s name during the first day of beginning improv, I mentally associated him with Batman. Turns out – it is the perfect association. Robin facilitates growth so easily that the depth of his perceptive teaching may not be fully appreciated until looking back you say Kapow! Robin possesses the superpower of ego-free presence.”
“Learning improv from Ben has taught me to be a profoundly better listener and has dramatically improved my work as an actor.”
Kary Myers, Scientist
“The Santa Fe Improv program is a wonderful way to learn, practice and perform improv. Furthermore, the lessons are based on such solid fundamentals that go beyond improv & comedy and into improving overall ability with creative thinking.”
Patrick Webb, Mainframe IT Specialist
“Robin is a fantastic instructor; I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning from him. He is incredibly patient with everyone and always happy to review a scene/game to make sure that not just you, but everyone in the class is on the same page and really getting the most out of every exercise. He has a fantastic attitude in every class, which is really infectious and makes the atmosphere fun!”
“Who knew that in just 24 weeks, I could have loads more confidence, increased listening and recall skills, think better under pressure, get a handle on public speaking and quit smoking! I just wanted to flex my comedic funny bone, but now I see that Santa Fe Improv is the cosmic “Roto-Rooter” to my dysfunctional Self.”
Andrea Schnietz, Massage Therapist
“Kate brings so much energy to every class, its infectious, if the groups mood is subdued at the beginning of the session she knows how to ramp up each individual and gain their full participation and focus. The methods used in the Improv class remove the ego from the players and concentrates on the subject a true testament to the extensive teaching skills Kate has acquired over the years to keep everyone on track.
“Robin is a patient and passionate teacher. In class he provides thoughtful analysis and insights catered to each individual and to the development of the group as a whole. This was my first improv class ever. I discovered that improv is not so much about being ‘funny’ as it is about being supportive, giving, creative, generous, attentive, and present in the moment. This class is energizing, challenging, and wonderfully connecting! Robin is a compassionate guide for any novice curious about this unique exercise of communicative play.”
“Working with the teachers and the players has been an exciting challenge, and now I’m in love with improv! Along the way I’ve learned to take more risks away from the classroom and to make better choices ‘in the moment’ in critical situations.”
Mike Wall, Scientist