Summer Vacation Update: Conservatory Instructor Greg Atkins

Beth Fhaner
 | Aug 30, 2019
Greg Atkins
Improv teacher, Greg Atkins (right), work with students.

Conservatory instructor Greg Atkins will be teaching two improvisation classes in South Coast Repertory's Theatre Conservatory in the fall​—starting Sept. 24​ and Sept. 25, 2019—which continues his more than three-decade relationship with the theatre.

Over the summer, he ​saw three of his 10-minute plays produced, in addition to his full-length play, Cadaver Dogs, published by Heuer Publishing.

Atkins says, “In my improv classes at SCR, I talk about how improvisation helps us to develop spontaneous storytelling, which, in turn, helps us as playwrights. I felt the 10-minute play format was perfect for that style of writing.”

Here’s a round-up of ​recent accolades, honors and more for his short plays:  

  • Winners, 8 Tens @ 8 Festival at the Actor’s Theater of Santa Cruz, Calif. – The Exchange for their 2018 Season and Tempus Fugit for their 2019 Season.
  • Stage It! 10-Minute Play Competition, Bonita Springs, Fla. – April 23-28, 2019 – Tempus Fugit and Bunnies. Published in Stage It! 3 – Twenty 10-Minute Plays anthology.
  • Playzapalooza! at the Santa Paula Theater Center (Santa Paula, Calif.) produced Tempus Fugit and Bunnies from May 24 – June 9, 2019.
  • 22nd Annual One-Act Festival – Ten Below, Fine Arts Association, Willoughby, Ohio – The Exchange
  • OC-Centric, Orange County’s New Play Festival, 2019 – Tempus Fugit is one of the 5 finalists for their New Play Festival.

About Cadaver Dogs In San Bernardino, Calif., 1983, police dog trainer Amanda Esposito returns home from searching for disaster victims in Mexico and, still reeling from her trip, encounters Wade, a semi-famous author of murder mysteries desperately seeking her help to find his missing wife. Add to the mix a scheming sister, a jealous Sheriff and a tequila-fueled night of drinking, and it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is what it seems, passions are reignited, family secrets are revealed and murder is on everyone’s mind.

About Greg Atkins

​He has written and/or created shows for DreamWorks Studios, Buena Vista, Sony, Fox, Universal Studios, Sea World, the Torch Ceremonies for the Atlanta and Salt Lake City Olympics, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, the Walt Disney Co., numerous corporate clients and was a consultant on “Whose Line is it Anyway.” His book IMPROV! is in its 19th printing and his many published plays are produced around the world (see, and As a director/performer, Atkins travels with an international team of improv actors to exotic locales such as Prague, Singapore, New Delhi and Irvine. Atkins has worked at South Coast Repertory as a playwright, director, actor or teacher for more than 30 years. Find out more on Greg’s work.

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