4 days of improvisation training with RUTH ZAPORAH

Action Theatre™ is an improvisational performance technique developed by the American performance artist, Ruth Zaporah.

Fundamental to the practice of Action Theater is an embodied presence in performance, where the experiencing of the body informs the content of the moment, moment by moment.

Using movement, vocalization and narrative, participants experience fresh views of themselves, who they are, what they perceive and how they respond. The conceptual mind that insists on defining content learns to share with more spontaneous embodied and imaginative resources.

This awareness in action invites the possibilities of freshness intrinsic to improvisational performance. The Action Theater method offers a map, a way to proceed. The trainings are appropriate for the novice, the explorer and the professional.



Ruth is a New Mexico based performance artist, director and teacher. Considered a legendary pioneer in her field, she is internationally known for her innovative work in the field of physical theater improvisation of Action Theater.

Zaporah spends much of her time on tour, performing and leading trainings in the U.S. Canada, Europe, Australia, Israel, and Asia. In 1994 she performed in theaters and refugee camps in Serbia and Croatia. In the spring 2000, she added Kosovo and Sarajevo to that itinerary.

Zaporah is a two-time recipient of National Endowment Choreography Fellowships. In 1994 she was honored with a Sustained Achievement award by the San Francisco Bay Area Dance Association and 2006 was selected to be a U.S. Cultural Envoy..

Ruth’s articles on improvisation have been regularly published in Contact Quarterly, a magazine for new dance forms. Her book, ACTION THEATER: THE IMPROVISATION OF PRESENCE, published by North Atlantic Books, is in its fifth printing. Several films about her and her work have recently been released. For further information about Ruth and her work go to www.actiontheater.com