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Workshops - Discover new things

Are you an aspiring actor who would like to learn new drama techniques? Or a dancer keen to get your feet tapping to a new dance form?

You're not alone!

Our goal is to help you discover the artist in you. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly supportive environment to get started.

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Intro to Improv


This workshop will explore improv from the ground up. From basic exercises, to touching on more complex concepts. The truth is improv gets easier with time and direction. And the goal is to create an environment that will provide the participants with confidence to improvise moving forward. No previous experience with Improv is required to attend this workshop.

Jan 21, 2023, 2pm to 6pm.

Giggles and Grins,

17720 NE 65th St,

Redmond, WA 98052

Covid protocol: All participants (and instructor(s)) are encouraged to wear face-coverings except for when on 'stage' performing or actively instructing. The space where the workshop is being held is a large and well ventilated, with sufficient room for distancing.

The workshop will be led by Peter Hargarten. Peter is an acting professional born in the Midwest and forged in New York City. He’s an SAFD Advanced Actor Combatant with a BFA in Acting from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.  He was a  cast member and captain of the hit comedy show “Batsu! New York” for over 7 years, and choreographed fights for numerous Shakespeare productions.

Introduction to Improv
Introduction to Improv
Jan 21, 2023, 2:00 PM
Giggles and Grins
Improv workshop lead by Peter Hargarten.

Past Workshops

Contemporary Western Acting for Indian Classical Dancers

Part in person, part on-line, this 4 week long workshop guided participants through the fundamentals of western contemporary acting style. Geared primarily towards dancers who already know what it is like to perform, this workshop added a new aesthetic, a new dimension to their story-telling abilities.

  • Full Play Rehearsal Workshop
    Full Play Rehearsal Workshop
    Wed, Oct 28
    Oct 28, 2020, 6:30 PM – Dec 06, 2020, 5:00 PM
    Oct 28, 2020, 6:30 PM – Dec 06, 2020, 5:00 PM
    Online workshop taught by Sunam Ellis
  • Dialects and Accents for Stage
    Dialects and Accents for Stage
    Sun, Oct 04
    Oct 04, 2020, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Oct 04, 2020, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    An online acting session taught by Marianna de Fazio

Dance Master Class

by Mallika Sarabhai 

Mallika Sarabhai needs no introduction. She has been using theatre, dance and sound together to break barriers of the strictly classical, moving towards more a personalized expression in dance and theater.


In this class she ran exercises to make participants understand the body, Abhinaya, and Laya beyond the usually taught. 

Improv Workshop

by Improv Comedy Mumbai

Improv Comedy Mumbai (ICM) was started by Seattle native Adam Dow in 2009.The group performs scenes and games along the lines of the American TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’.

Under the direction of Adam, ICM has been able to grow and fill the need of Improvisational Theatre in India by creating a group of professionally trained improvisers and performers who provide quality entertainment.

We did improv workshops with them in Seattle in 2015 and 2017. 

Pappu can Bhangra too!

By Gurvinder Pal Singh

Our very own Guru conducted a Bhangra workshop. Targeted for people know a bit of bhangra, or have two left feet, this workshop was designed to have everyone ready to hit the dance floor. It was a safe and fun environment to learn  - with all the friends from Pratidhwani!!

Audition Toolkit with Aneesh Sheth

Over the years we have worked with many actors who now have experience in theatre, but don't necessarily have the vocabulary used in the professional theatre world. This keeps them from showing what they know and what they can do.


The inspiration behind this 6 week class was to bridge that gap and enable budding actors to demonstrate their abilities in a more impressive manner.

What's Under the Hood? The Dramatic Tools that Make a Good Play

Elizabeth Heffron

What makes for a well constructed play? This workshop focused on writing stories or plays, understanding the arcs and plot points that push the story forward. It also helped actors benefit from the study of text, understanding the "old world" of your character, the "new world" of your character, and the journey your character will embark on.

Elizabeth Heffron currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT Young Playwrights Program, and at Freehold Theatre/Lab, where she spent 5 years working with the women of the Washington Correctional Center for Women on inmate-generated performance pieces.  She is an alumna of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and the Dramatists Guild.Bio coming soon.

Auditioning for Camera - Headshots, Resumes and Preparing Sides 

By David Hogan

David S. Hogan from Mighty Tripod Productions conducted a workshop on auditioning and performing in front of the camera. The session briefly covered headshots and resumes, and focused on the actual craft of auditioning.

David is an actor, teacher, producer, and director. His work has been seen on many Seattle stages, including Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and more. He also works steadily in front of the camera. David has been working as an acting coach and professional consultant since 2010. He has studied with John Jacobsen (direct line to Uta Hagen), Tom Todoroff (direct line to Stella Adler), Jessica Marlowe Goldstein (direct line to Leonid Anisimov), Nike Imoru, Steven Anderson, and David Strasberg to name a few.

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