“A great teacher is the one that never stops being a better student.” Erik Rodríguez
Born in New York November 13, 1979 and raised in Puerto Rico. Erik graduated from The University
Of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, Puerto Rico.Also studied Psychology at the Interamerican University of
Puerto Rico, San German campus. For 10 years his mission has been to develop a scientific method that people could use to study and apply improvisational theater not only to make people laugh but also as a therapeutic tool and exercise to achieve self realization.
For over 15 years, Erik has dedicated to show business and
the dramatic arts, having the opportunity to take classes and workshops around
the world as a student and later returning as a teacher.Once introduced to
improvisational theater he fell in love.
His inspiration through this journey are the studies of
Viktor Frankl and Paramahansa Yogananda.
“I believe that improv theater is too big and powerful to
just leave it to silly jokes.”Erik says on an interview for a
could not do improv without studying the masters like Keith Jonhnstone, Viola
Spolin, Yvon Leduc, Robert Gravell, Charna Halpern, La Commedia dell Arte, and of course, Del Close.”
Rodríguez has also been one of the responsible for the 4
International Improv Festivals in Puerto Rico, also the first in bringing
Inedit Theater’s well known improv format, “Catch”Iocus Org and his first mentor, Rigoberto “Gigio”
Giraldo.Being able to work with
groups like Pataclaun (Peru), Planeta Impro (Barcelona, Spain), Teatro
Instantáneo (Valencia, Spain), Impro Top (Mexico), Improv Boston, and in being
Prima dell Teatro (Pisa, Italy) has definitely reinforced Improterapia’s
mission.Former founder and
artistic director of Impropio in Puerto Rico and with his reputation as Chicho
in the Mi verano con Amanda Trilogy, Erik has been able to enchant many
fans with his friendly aura. Nowadays, Erik works with Planeta Impro in Barcelona, created the Jibarito Improv Theater (JIT) and keeps touring with ImproTerapia
Currently living in New York, he has worked with amazing
groups such as The Living Theater directed by the legendary Judith Malina, and
with Bilingual Acting Workshop giving workshops and conferences.Erik has taught in many countries in
South America, also Spain and Italy.
“Teaching in a different country is amazing news for me
because it means I will have a new teacher waiting for my arrival…I am open, humble and willing to
learn.Then, in the future, I will
be open, humble and willing to teach what I’ve learned.Isn’t that exciting?”Erik Rodríguez
Considered as one of the best improv instructors in the
world for his ability to really maximize people’s potential helping them bond
with their intuition, minimize fear and auto censorship, believe in their
selves and risk everything to grow.A great Master of change and personal growth, this “guru” of
improvisational theater teach based on his experiences not theory.