If you ever studied with Shawn;
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What does Improvisation mean to you?
2010 - Present
Shawn is 100% present with his students. He knows how to give each individual what they specifically need. I have never seen him teach an excercise the same way twice! The excercises change with whatever struggle needs to be addressed in any given moment. To me, that’s what makes him a a great teacher (and one, I’ll always want to work with, if I get the chance): He understands where you are in your process. And he helps you take the next step.
–Lena Forsch – Producer Wuerzburg International Improvisation festival, Performer Teacher,
2015 - Present
I take a class whenever Shawn’s in Germany. Quote: “It’s better to possible fail from trying than to fail for certain by not trying at all”
Renate Shorte – Actress
2015 - 2018
Shawn is one of those rare teachers who manage not only to teach the basic principles of improv but also connects them to everything we do in life, in a fun and safe way! If I had to trademark it I’d call it Zenprov! Shawn’s probably one of the most experienced teachers in the world, together with his love for the art and humanity I can’t recommend him enough
2010 - 2013
Kitty, Shawn's Cat
I taught him more than he knows. Improvisation is what you do in the rays of sunshine at 10:30 in the morning.
Improvisation is the birds singing… THOSE BIRDS!!! I will get them one of these days!
Every time I get the opportunity to work with him I learn so much more. I can honestly say he is the best teacher and mentor I ever had.
Iglu Performing and Workshops
I still remember returning to Taipei after studying in Canada and people all saying I was stronger. I still improvise.
-Chia-Jung Liu – Actor, student
It’s been a while but I remember the 10 days we worked together adding so much to my work that I feel like I still am processing it.
Anton Riksy-Writer, Improviser