Here is What People are Saying Regarding Michael's Work
“Before I go into detail, let me just say up front that Mike Vargas is the best Improv trainer I've come across and I will definitely be hiring him again for more events. He was truly spectacular.
Mike led a session with my brand new team of educators. I requested a training that would act as both a team building session and a fundamentals of improvisation lesson. Mike quickly built repoire, safety and trust with me and my team. He guided us through embodied activities that he expertly scaffolded throughout the session, and left time for us to process both between games and at the end of our time together. By the end of the session, my team was expressing their gratitude for his expertise and felt much more connected as a group and ready to tackle our work together with vigor and passion.
I firmly believe this training was a huge success because of Mike's unique approach, amazing attitude, and willingness to be a co leaner in the room despite his obvious expertise. He blended all his learning about improv and psychology to create a fascinating workshop that honors people, celebrates play and creates community.
A huge thank you to Mike Vargas for this amazing gift!”
-Brendan Simon, Program Manager at Kaiser Permanente
"Michael is a great improv coach and led a popular session during our annual Founders Network Summit: "Tools to think on your feet, read the room and troubleshoot your pitch". He tailored improv exercises and content to our audience of entrepreneurs. He took time to prepare and understand both the profile of attendees and the mission of the organization which was invaluable. After the workshop guests felt like they connected with others, gained perspective and I look forward to future collaboration!"
-Jessica Holmes, Director of Operations at Founders Network
From other team members and guests from Founders Network:
"Great to be silly, connect with others and gain perspective on our 'being'. Fantastic!"
"Really fun, saw some great great great bonding and many people coming out of their shell. Great message too."
"Much more helpful than expected. Michael has the right temperament to work with this group."
“Michael is a superb improv teacher! He provides beginning students with calm presence, genuine encouragement, and clear direction. Michael is extremely committed and trustworthy, and is passionate about teaching the art of improvisation. He is especially gifted in connecting individuals, nurturing artists, and providing space for community. I am so grateful to have him on the Leela team!!"
-Jill Eickman, Artist Director for Leela improv theatre company and training center
“The short and sweet about Michael Vargas, is that he is an amazing person. I first met Michael as one of his many students in an Improv 1 class at Leela Improv in San Francisco. I remember entering the room before class started and hearing some folks sitting down say how excited they were to work with Michael. Not only that but they were also priming us with the expectation that the class was going to go above and beyond our expectations. I was not disappointed.
Throughout class, Michael fostered a safe space for us to explore and let go the world around us. He encouraged us to shed the stress that plagues our every day lives to be present and play. During scenes he would often pause to offer constructive criticism or to help the scene along if someone needed a nudge. Ultimately, he enabled this community of strangers to become friends and become better people as a result of playing together.
As you can tell, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Michael and look forward to the next time. Michael is truly a leader in this space and I can't wait to see what he does next!”
-Jared Wolff, Level I improv class
“Michael is an awesome teacher. He is kind, encouraging and a great listener. His embrace of improv as a way of life is genuine and infectious. My life became more interesting and engaging from taking the class. I've taught high school for over 20 years, and even benefited professionally by learning from Michaels teaching skills.”
-Kent Robie, Level I improv class
“I recently completed Michael's intro to improv course. Michael challenged a dozen strangers to come out of our shells together. Students made lasting friendships and nearly everyone continued to additional classes. Michael brings a positive attitude to make each class respectful, safe, and fun. You won’t be disappointed.”
-Vlad Yazhbin, Level I improv class
“Michael Vargas is a master facilitator in the informative relationship workshop venue. I felt alive, I had fun and I was supported by Michael's expert coaching. Michael blends the written exercises with improv and group exercises. I insist that you experience Michael's relationship improv meet up at the next venue."
-Bruce Daniles, Menshare Meetup
“Improv for singles was a very enjoyable and worthwhile event. It promoted a fun and playful atmosphere that got all attendees in a friendly and energetic mood. We played a number of improv games intermixed with time to mingle and have drinks. I met some great people as well, including one woman whom I went on a few dates with. I'd recommend Mike's events to any singles who are open to laughing and meeting new people!”
-Michael Konwiak, Improv for Singles”
“Michael is a wonderful facilitator. He created a welcoming and safe space for play and I met some excellent people too. Definitely go!”
-Rebecca Knebel, Improv for Singles
"I took Mike's intro class after a five-year hiatus from the improv scene and emerged with a renewed passion for the wonders of play. His teaching style is enthusiastic, playful and firmly supportive. He creates a safe space in which students feel relaxed and encouraged to explore the unknowns of improvising with curiosity, zeal and authenticity. Players of all levels of experience will find his coaching valuable."
-Matt Haley, Level I improv class
“Michael is talented at coaching people to push their boundaries and break out of their comfort zones through improv. He facilitated our introductory class with a thoughtful, methodical approach, creating a safe space that allowed us to let loose. By the conclusion of the class, I was more confident in my interactions with others onstage and off. If you're looking for a fun way to spark creativity, collaboration and communication in your organization, try a hand at improv with Michael!”
-Joan Touchstone, Level I improv class