the Art of Noticing

As improvisers, we talk a lot about “being in the moment,” but most of the time we’re so busy looking for "offers" (or coming up with our own ideas) that we don’t notice what’s happening right in front of us. In The Art of Noticing, Tracy will give you tools and techniques to help you stay present while connecting to what truly inspires you most. Your scenes can become effortless, playful and more often than not, hilariously surprising. Scene work has never been this easy!

In this class students will explore:


  • Replacing Invention with Discovery
  • Having a strong point of view
  • Expanding your emotional range and depth
  • Building trust in yourself whether or not you trust your scene partner
  • Taking the spotlight when it’s yours and knowing how to give it
  • Being an investigator of a scene rather than an architect
  • Mining a moment for all its worth
  • Keeping a scene alive until its final conclusion
  • Playing with commitment and abandon
  • Having a crazy good time onstage!

When: TBA late 2017 or early 2018
Where: CSz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney St.
Cost: $240. Limited to 14 people.

Tracy Burns has been teaching and performing internationally for over 25 years. She teaches acting, improv, performance analysis and visual storytelling at Pixar, DreamWorks, Blue Sky Animation, Cinesite, The Third Floor and other animation studios and production houses. She was named one of the top improv instructors in Los Angeles by Backstage magazine. She was the director of the improv program at Pepperdine University for 13 years and has taught at Disney, California College of the Arts, Chapman University, Cal Tech, S.F. State, Middlesex College in London and the University of Central Florida, among others. She’s facilitated workshops for Google, General Motors, Telltale Games and Women in Animation. Tracy was a founding member and co-artistic director of London Theatresports and was the artistic director of Los Angeles Theatresports. She has also taught numerous comedy groups in England, Germany and Holland. She was a core member and instructor for the award-winning improv group Impro Theatre. She has also taught and performed with many other groups such as BATS in S.F., Second City, ACME Comedy Theatre and ComedySportz