2022 Gene Fox Memorial Improv Workshop and Performance!

Do you enjoy humor and like to be funny?  Are you looking for something fun to do in January?  Here’s your chance to try Improvisational Theater for yourself, in a casual, fun atmosphere.

The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library is excited to offer this unique experience, at no cost to participants, on Saturdays in January and the beginning of February. 

When Gene Fox passed away, the Friends received generous memorial gifts from his friends and family because Gene was, during his lifetime, a great supporter of the Friends and the Library, and a beloved English teacher at Northfield High School.  Those who knew Gene called him “a great wit” with a love of humor and comedy, and special commitment to education at all levels.

What better way to honor Gene Fox than with a series of workshops in comedy?

These workshops will focus on the fundamentals of improv:  listening, agreement and trust.  Using a variety of exercises, you’ll practice relating to your scene partners and adding specifics.  They will conclude with a short show that’s a mix of games and short scenes on February 5 (6:30 pm at the Arts Guild Theater).

There are three workshop opportunities.


  •  For adults, four 3-hour sessions, 9 am – 12 noon, Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29
  •  For high schoolers, four 3-hour sessions, 1 pm – 4 pm, Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29.
  • A shorter, one session “sampler” workshop for middle schoolers will be held the afternoon of February 5, from 2 pm – 5 pm. 


Meet our instructor, Deon Haider.

Deon Haider (rhymes with cider), a seasoned improv actor, will lead the workshops and provide direction for the performance.  Deon grew up in Northfield and participated in many Northfield Arts Guild shows as a performer, director, and designer. 

Deon has been studying and performing improv for nearly 10 years. She trained at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, and is an active member of the Twin Cities improv community. Currently, Deon performs with the groups Crossworlds, The Latest Night, and Tracktastic. Deon holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Theatre Arts, and has a special passion for education. She has taught and directed kids and adults of all ages in both scripted and unscripted theater. She also works as a community health educator with the University of Minnesota Extension.

To register, click here.  Space is limited – register early!

Note:  Audience capacity for the February 5 performance has not been determined – more information will be provided closer to that date.

Have questions?  Send them to this email.



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