Randy Dixon has been improvising since 1980, and is a highly regarded improvisational artist. In 1983, he was a founding member of Unexpected Productions, Seattle’s longest running improvisational theater company and has served as the company’s Artistic Director since 1988. During his tenure Unexpected Productions has established a reputation of presenting high quality shows, classes and workshops. Under his direction, UP has toured the world with their unique brand of improvisation.
His approach to improvisation has been influenced by his studies with Del Close (creator of the Harold), Paul Sills (creator of Second City), and Keith Johnstone (Author of Impro).
In 2006, Randy founded and still directs Orcas Island Project a multinational group of twelve performers from ten countries. OIP develops, explores, and investigates interactive theatrical forms. They have performed in various locations around the US and Europe.
Randy has taught improvisational theater and acting in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, France, The Netherlands, Finland and all over the U.S. and Canada.
Outside of his improvisational work, Randy served on the editorial board for The Salt Journal a journal of Myth, Religion, Psychology and Ideas. His writing has been published in Alchemy on Sunday, and Manifestations: A Scholarly Journal of Mythological Writing. His book, Being Present: Spontaneous Storytelling and the Art of Improvisation has been published in German (as Im Moment), Slovene, soon in Swedish and will hopefully be available again in English soon.
Randy has B.F.A. in Drama from Seattle University and a Master’s Degree in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Jungian Depth Psychology.