Craig Cackowski is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West (RIP) theaters since 1992, and was the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the US with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as "Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include The Mayor, Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, The Kings Of Summer, Murder Bury Win, and Wine Country. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.
WORKSHOPS / WARSZTATY
EXPANDING YOUR RANGE
Character in sketch comedy might mean funny wigs and glasses, but how do we create character in improvised scenes? And how do we develop and heighten those characters over the course of a scene, while still working with our partner? Craig will share a number of character-developing exercises, from the subtle to "over the top", and you'll never be accused of "always playing yourself" again!!10-16 students, RED TRAIL // SZLAK CZERWONY
Energy, confidence and decisiveness are 90% of the battle in improv, i.e. it's not so much what you say as when you say it and how you say it. How comfortable you are on stage will have a huge impact on how you're perceived by the audience. Whether you're a veteran improvisor or new to the artform, this is the perfect workshop for the performer who needs to practice owning their impulses and delivering them with confidence right away.10-16 students, GREEN TRAIL // SZLAK ZIELONY
IMPROVISE LIKE A MARRIED COUPLE!
The same communication skills that make for a good relationship make for a good improvised scene. Real-life married couple Craig and Carla Cackowski (from the duo Orange Tuxedo) share their favorite exercises that foster open communication between scene partners! Learn how to read each other’s minds, express your ideas clearly, and avoid arguments (while still getting what you want).!10-16 students, RED TRAIL // SZLAK CZERWONY
Learn one of the most challenging, freeing, and legendary improv forms from the original director of JTS Brown, Craig Cackowski. Created by an ensemble formed by Ike Barinholtz and Jason Sudeikis in Chicago in the late ‘90s, the original JTS Brown were renowned for their transformational, dream-like style of play. Craig will teach you the techniques behind the form, and you’ll learn how to play within a large ensemble with instant support and no judgment.10-16 students, BLACK TRAIL // SZLAK CZARNY