Improvisation Workshop from Kumu Kahua Theatre
WHAT: Improvisation Workshop taught by Monica and Squire Coldwell

IMPROV FOCUS: Audition skills, confidence, working with others, being willing to let go of your fears, and preparing you to sing, dance, and act your way through your next audition.

WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St, Honolulu, HI

WHEN: Consecutive Saturday and Sunday mornings, January 19 – February 10

COST: $120

INFO and REGISTRATION: 808-536-4222,

HONOLULU, HI— Monica and Squire Coldwell have been studying and performing improvisation for decades; they have studied with over two dozen visiting instructors and created improvisation long-forms (improvised shows generally more than 20 minutes long, as compared to short-form sketches of a few minutes). They have performed at improvisation festivals, both locally and nationally, as well as on the mainstage at the Chicago Improv Festival. They also founded Hawaii’s first and only non-profit improvisation organization ImprovEd Hawaii. They have taught teachers, actors, students of all ages, and fellow improvisers skills including, building self-confidence, creating collaborations, curriculum, improvised plays and theatre skills.

Most recently, Monica and Squire Coldwell directed the Kumu Kahua Theatre summer 2018 production of 38 Minutes, which utilized a combination of improvisation and locally-written scripts about the January 2018 ballistic missile threat to Hawaii.

Using Improv for Developing Audition skills

Ring in 2019 by preparing to improvise your next audition!

In this workshop, students will spend six hours over two-day intervals for four weeks enhancing and honing their audition skills. Students should plan to stay on their toes while taking chances as they develop their individual skills and those of working with others.

Instructor Monica Coldwell explains, “By focusing on connecting, listening, and creating with others, you will gain confidence and explore auditioning skills such as, identifying and developing characters, using movement to express yourself and your character, finding ways to relate to the person you are on stage with, and much more. We will lend instruction and lead participants through movement-based improv exercises and activities.“

Be ready to stretch your mind and your body, dress ready to move, bring water, and open your mind to having fun exploring through a series of improvisation exercises and scene work.

Squire Coldwell

Along with his improv experience, Squire has danced professionally with Honolulu Dance Theatre, Tau Dance Theatre and Iona Dance Company. He has been a technician for Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Hawaii Theatre, and the Hawaii Convention Center. He has experience in designing props, sets, sound, and costumes for Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Mid Pacific School of Arts, and Kamehameha Schools. And finally as a professional actor he has worked for the Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Kalihi-Palama Health Center, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth.

Monica Coldwell

Along with improv, Monica has focused on her theatrical work, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Theatre and Dance from UH-Manoa. She has served as an Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Technician, Tour Manager, Box Office Assistant, Prop and Costume Designer, and Company Actor for the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. She also worked as an actress for the Sex Abuse Treatment Center and Kalihi-Palama Health Center and spent over ten years making her living in Hawaii as a professional theatre artist.

For more information and to register, contact Kumu Kahua Theatre at 808-536-4222 or email

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also paid for in part The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, The Hawai‘i Community Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai‘i, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation, The Atherton Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star-Advertiser and other foundations, businesses and patrons.
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9:00am - 12:00pm
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Kumu Kahua Theatre

Kumu Kahua Theatre is located in downtown Honolulu on the corner of Merchant and Bethel Streets. A
Island: Oahu
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WHEN: Consecutive Saturday and Sunday mornings 9-12p, January 19 – February 10.
COST: $60
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Location: street parking (please be aware of signs and tow away zones)
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Dress to move, bring water, and a towel, just in case. For more information and to register, contact Kumu Kahua Theatre at 808-536-4222 or email

Other Days:
This event occurs Saturday - Sunday this week only.

Contact Information:
Name: Donna Blanchard
Phone: (808) 536-4222
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