Listen Up Summer Camp



Who- Rising 9-12 grade students serious about learning and having fun

Dates- August 12-16

Times- 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (lunch from 12-1)

Location- Clifton Community Center 12641 Chapel RD. Clifton VA 20124 

 Listening and team work are two of the most important skills that make a good improviser and actor. The young artists that leave this camp will be more equipped to be present on stage and give more honest performances. Seeing someone "act" is not as fun as watching some "be".  The campers will spend half the day with Mrs. Kozik, break for lunch, then spend the last half with Pete.
This will be an intense and fun week best suited for serious theater artists that are rising 9th-12th graders. These skills also make a great colleague, student, athlete, friend, neighbor...the list goes on. The team at Listen Up will work with your group to impart these skills in a fun and easy-to-learn way.

Teaching staff and activities

Nikisha Kozik is the Theatre Arts Teacher and Director at Kilmer Middle School in Fairfax County and has taught high school in Manassas, VA and Tucson, AZ previously. She holds a BFA in K-12 Theatre Arts Education from The University of Arizona as well as an MA in Directing from Roosevelt University. When she is not teaching or directing productions, Mrs. Kozik seeks to be involved in local theatre herself and loves spending time with her son, reading, and crafting.

Nikisha's focus of studies:

Campers will learn general tools of acting, apply their growing knowledge of story structure, and engage their imaginations to devise their own work of theatre.Time will be spent researching theatre through hands on theatre activities focused on listening skills, developing confidence, increasing cooperation, resolving conflict and encouraging citizen engagement. Work will lead to devising original theatrical pieces performed at the end of the week.

Pete Bergen is an actor and comedian and he is thrilled to work with students who care. Pete has 15 years of experience and has learned from and performed with some of the biggest names in improv. He completed the improv programs at the DC Improv, Washington Improv Theater and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (NYC) where he was accepted into their advanced study program. He has also taken classes with The Studio Theater. Pete has been a faculty member at Washington Improv Theater for 10 years and in his day to day life, makes his living as a guest artist all over the DMV area. What does that mean? It means Pete gets to go to middle schools, high schools and colleges all over and conduct improv workshops with theater students. He also serves as the coach for the Howard County All County Improv Team. He has been in local theater productions and periodically appears on television.

Pete's focus of studies:

Campers will work on long form improv like they play at theaters such as Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. This is different from the short form “gamey” style improv usually taught to students.  It requires more patience, breath, and team work. By the end of the week, the artists will be able to take a one word suggestion and from that craft a 20 minute show with no breaks. They will be able apply what they have learned to create and call back characters and scenes.



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Pete Bergen

1840 Biltmore st apt 34 Washington DC 20009


For any questions please call Pete Bergen at 202-431-0858 or email


If you want to continue learning outside of or in addition to this camp we can help. Whether in the work place, the classroom, or on the field, Listen Up will work with you to customize an educational or corporate training program to help your group achieve it's goals.