john gilkey - artistic director
In 2012 I was let go from a Cirque Du Soleil show that was playing at the Dolby Theater. I had moved to LA for what was supposed to be a ten-year run but it only lasted a year. LA though was treatin’ me right - so I stuck around. I thought it would be fun to take what I had learned from my thirty-odd years in the Circus and Variety world and share it with the LA improv and acting community. I called it The Idiot Workshop. Those first classes unexpectedly took off, attracting amazing performers, and together we developed our own take on live performance.
We are just now embarking on a new phase where we plan to bring in more musicians, dancers and visual artists. We wish to continue to grow the community, bringing people together who would not ordinarily find each other and in that chaotic mayonnaise, create some beautiful moments.
tim reid - managing director
Tim Reid is a writer and performer based in Los Angeles. He has worked as a high school math teacher, a union representative, a book sales representative, a database developer, and sold genuine and OEM car parts to wholesale distributors in Asia.