Past Workshops & Events

Join Master Teacher Jessica Lynn Johnson for the 4th installment of the Soaring Solo SPOTLIGHT Webinar Series examining two key components of an outstanding solo show: CHARACTERS and COMEDY.

Learn how can YOU sharpen your comedy & character skills in order to bring your solo story off the page and onto the stage.

This week’s webinar will be co-facilitated by the ultra talented Diana Varco.

Diana is a UCB/Groundlings trained expert improvisor, story-teller and actress using humor to heal. Diana also co-created and produced Ladies’ Night (Lady Jam) – a variety show dedicated to the celebration of female identifying artists, which ran for over 5 years (2011-2017).

In her critically acclaimed solo show SHATTERED, Diana applies comedy and character-work to explore the complex psychological impact of sexual assault and the path toward recovery.

SHATTERED has graced many stages since its premiere in 2017, including Whitefire Theatre SoloFest, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Outdoor Voices Festival, United Solo (off-Broadway), LA Women’s Theatre Festival, BFF Binge Fringe of Free Theatre at Santa Monica Playhouse and a recent 25 show run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Therefore, who better to exemplify how to powerfully use CHARACTERS & COMEDY in your solo show than this hilarious chameleon woman?!

Join comedienne extraordinaire Diana Varco and Best National Solo Artist Winner Jessica Lynn Johnson for the Soaring Solo Spotlight Series WEBINAR on…

“How to Use CHARACTERS & COMEDY in Your Solo Show!”
LIVE on Zoom SAT MAY 2ND 10:30-12:30 PM (PST).

In advance of this 2 hour Web Intensive, each participant will be given access to view clips from Diana’s internationally toured, rave reviewed, character packed, and darkly humorous solo show SHATTERED.

Then on Saturday, all participants will gather with Diana and Jessica for a creative deep dive on Zoom!

Some of the topics covered will be…

-Crafting Diverse & Dynamic Characters

-How to SHOW vs. TELL your story

-Using humor to heal

-Performing in the festival circuit & touring internationally

– Finding the right creative team

– Solo show performance technique

– Garnering reviews and so much more!

This webinar has a suggested donation rate of $30, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Pay What You Can will also be honored.

Please email for more info and to reserve your spot.
*Please note a portion of the proceeds will go to save the Whitefire Theatre of Sherman Oaks.*

If you are even THINKING of doing a SOLO SHOW and want to hone your comedic chops and character craft while doing it, then you do NOT want to miss this WEBINAR!