Improv Workshop: “Playing with Heart”

Playing With Heart workshop focuses on finding and playing characters authentically from your heart, not your head. Take a journey into a world of full of emotions and emotional stakes to create strong, grounded characters that naturally lead to compelling scene work. This workshop is designed to hone your skills and find the joy in your improv by allowing yourself to be vulnerable. Draw strong, meaningful connections from your scene partner to take your scene work to the next level.

Betse Green

Betse Green

Instructor Betse Green

Since 2002, Betse has been an ensemble member and teacher at CSZ Portland. In addition, she performs all around Portland, including at Curious Comedy Theater, The Brody and The Village Ballroom with Peachy Chicken, B&B, Black By Popular Demand, and Diabolical Experiments. She has performed and taught locally (CSz, Curious Comedy (guest teacher) and PCC) as well as at various festivals in the US and Canada, including the SIF, IFCincy, NOLA Comedy Arts Festival, Del Close Marathon, SFIT, and Chicago Improv Festival. She has studied at IO Chicago, and has studied under Joe Bill, Jill Bernard, Susan Messing, Asaf Ronan, and Bob Dassie. Register on the Home Page.


“I’ve worked with Betse a number of times in the last 10 years. She is a delightful presence and brings intelligence, sensitivity, playfulness and a keen understanding of personal dynamics in which she supports and makes everyone around her even better in performance & workshops. I would work with Betse again any time & any where, in a heartbeat! “– Joe Bill – IO Chicago

“I’ve taken a workshop with Betse at a ComedySportz World Championship and I found her teaching style to be positive and encouraging. She has a gentle way of engaging students to make their own discoveries while keeping them on track. She also really knows her stuff.” – Jill Bernard – Huge Theater and CSZ Twin Cities

“Betse Green is one of those exceptional teachers who helps you to go deep quickly. She creates such a safe and nurturing environment that you feel like you can take risks without fear of judgement. I left her workshop feeling better about myself, better about the people with whom I took the class and better about the world. If you have an opportunity to work with Betse I recommend you take it; you won’t be disappointed!” Tracy Burns – Burns Creative

“Betse’s warm and inviting demeanor makes it easy for improvisors to take risks and still feel supported. Her coaching style is unique in its effort to make every person feel important.” – Claire Wilcher – Artistic Director – CSz Indy

“Betse takes a challenging subject, playing characters of the opposite gender, and breaks the process down into clear, actionable steps. Her supportive, fun teaching style makes students comfortable while being pushed out of their comfort zones.” – Chris Crotty, GM/Artistic Director – CSz Sacramento

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