Landmark Training School, Players Workshop, Reopens Sep
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Players Workshop, the original school of improvisation in Chicago established in 1970, is reopening its doors just in time for a 50 th anniversary celebration next year with classes beginning at its new facility, Pendulum Theatre, 1803 W. Byron Street, #216, starting Monday, Sept. 16. New owner Jeff Rogers, actor, creative director, and motivational speaker (Class of ‘89), has brought back founder Josephine Forsberg’s daughter Linnea Forsberg (‘70) and former teacher Doug Voegtle (‘81) to recreate the famed safe learning space. Registration and list of classes may be found at PlayersWorkshopOnline.com.   The new mission for this iteration of the venerable school, started by Chicago theater icon Forsberg (a founding member of The Second City who left the company to open her own school), is to offer individuals and teams from all backgrounds the opportunity to build confidence, listen more effectively and communicate better with newfound creative skills via classes and workshops. Players Workshop is making the art of improvisation more fun, accessible, meaningful and applicable to life, work and play for everyone.   The school estimates that it has taught the art form to tens of thousands of people since its 1970 opening from celebrities to CEOs to teachers and accountants and everyone in between. Past graduates of Players Workshop also include familiar names like Bonnie Hunt, Bill and Brian-Doyle Murray, Amy Sedaris, David Pasquesi, George Wendt, Harold Ramis, Shelley Long, Bob Odenkirk, and David Mamet to name a few.