To have Amanda teach one of the following workshops to your ensemble or organization, please contact her.

How to Love the Suggestions You Hate
Recommended for improvisers with a minimum of a year experience.
Contact Amanda to have her teach this workshop to your theatre, ensemble, or troupe!

Sometimes, as improvisers, we receive suggestions from the audience we dislike. And even though the first rule of improv is to “yes, and,” we’ll say “no” and ask for a different idea, or we’ll take a despised suggestion and use it for a joyless and completely uninspired scene. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make absolutely anything the audience says the spark for great comedic scenework.

If you want to say “yes, and” to ANY suggestion, take this workshop!

Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992, teaching since 1998, and directing since 2002. She recently moved to Atlanta from Chicago, where she was a faculty member with the Second City.  Previously, she was a performer/instructor with Seattle’s Unexpected Productions. She’s Co-Artistic Director here at Highwire.

Sustainable Scenework Master Class
Recommended for improvisers with a minimum of two years experience.
Contact Amanda to have her teach this workshop to your theatre, ensemble, or troupe!

Learn how you can nurture the skills needed to create grounded scenes that can sustain themselves for longer than just a few minutes.  In this workshop, we will focus on breaking out of any habits you may have formed that can hinder grounded work, while we explore the small steps we can make to do truly sustainable, dynamic scenes.  Come ready to dig in and play!

What People Are Saying

“Amanda Rountree’s skill as an instructor is top notch. Her insight is amazing, and it is matched by her succinctness in giving constructive and critical feedback. She offers the learner clear directions on their path of development in the art of improvised theater and a deeper understanding of the nuances of performance.”  -Brad Fortier, Co-Founder and Curriculum Developer at Happy Improv Fun Time, Portland, OR

“You have so much skill, talent and super duper cool awesome energy, and I am really grateful I took this workshop.”  -Cathrin, Seattle

“The workshop was well-structured and had a smooth, coherent progression (the warm-ups fed into the exercises which fed into the scenework)…Reviewing my notes from the workshop, I was amazed by how many notes I had taken (i.e. how much we had covered in three hours).”  -Dara, Seattle

Sincerely Yours Master Class
Recommended for improvisers with a minimum of two years experience.
To request this workshop for your ensemble, please email Amanda at andthemonkey (at) gmail dot com. 

This workshop will help deepen your performance with the use of sincerity, emotional connection, and believability. Discover the real “first offers” of every scene, and make improv even more natural, playful, and invigorating than it was before. Gain richness in your humor and a more dynamic connection with your audience. How can your life be explored, translated, or applied in an improv performance? Come, find out!

What People Are Saying

“Amanda’s workshop was just what I needed. It pushed me to go to new places, gave me new perspective, and was above all really, really fun. Her teaching style focuses on the improviser going somewhere, not just making the audience laugh. Which allowed us all to go amazing places that the audience would have never expected. She’s playful, respects the art-form and wants all her students to succeed. I hope everyone gets to spend time studying with Amanda Rountree.”  -Adam H., Chicago

“Amanda’s honesty and enthusiasm for her craft are infectious! She’s great at encouraging us to open up and recognize our own lives and experiences for the rich sources that they are!”  -Tony B., Seattle, WA

“The class I took from Amanda has been incredibly useful to me. The techniques Amanda taught in that class dramatically improved my ability to connect emotionally with my work and to bring genuine feeling to my improvised characters. It’s no exaggeration to say that Amanda’s teaching was instrumental in bringing my improv to the next level.”  –Sean Harding, Seattle, WA

“Amanda, thank you for the workshop! I love your practical and fun approach to improv. The idea of bringing more of myself to the stage has helped my improv tremendously. I felt like I relearned exercises that I’d known for years in a way that finally connected me to them and gave them new life. You rock!”  -Galen E., Bellingham, WA

“Amanda’s honest, lovable personality oozes right into her workshops.  I walked into a room with about 15 strangers, and I walked out of that room feeling like I’d just hung out with my buddies on a Saturday afternoon.  She knows the importance of taking the time to establish an environment of acceptance, openness and trust, and that makes all the difference in the learning experience!  SIGN UP, ALREADY!”  -Jeremy Chapman, Chicago

Improv for Non-Actors
Recommended for adults with no previous performance experience.

Looking for a new way to have a little fun with your friends, or to make new friends?  This workshop is geared towards those with little-to-no improv experience. Improvisation is more than just a useful tool for actors, it’s a different way of approaching life.  Through fun games and exercises, students will gain more confidence, more creativity, and more playfulness through the basic improv skills of listening, reacting, working with others, and trusting oneself.  Not only will it make you more comfortable while thinking on your feet, it’s a delightful way to spend an evening.

This is a great opportunity for you to have a fun night out with your buddies and walk out the door with a renewed sense of creativity, self-confidence, and maybe even some new friends!

In this workshop you will learn:

~How to trust yourself
~How to be spontaneous
~How to be more playful and creative in your every day life
~And much, much more

What People Are Saying

“I really enjoyed the safe environment that Amanda created.  I am really a beginner and I never felt like an outsider during the workshop.  Amanda made sure that we all walked away with a new skill and ways to think outside of the box!”  -CJ Leavens, Chicago