Adult Improvisation Classes
Throughout the year, we run short courses in improvisation. Each short course consists of an Open Class followed by a 4-week block and focuses on different areas of improvisation, such as character, physicality, dialogue, emotion, group-mind, and much more.
The short-courses are designed to progressively build your skills as an improviser. Later courses will be limited to those who have already been attending workshops or can demonstrate suitable skills (previous acting experience, or other improv training).
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Performance is an important part of your development as an improviser, so throughout the year we will also have New Talent Showcases giving you the opportunity to perform together in a show. From time to time, improvisers from the Wednesday classes will also be invited along to workshop with the main Impulse Theatre cast and to perform in a show with them.
Your teacher for the workshops is Jonathan Briden. Jonathan is one of the founders of Impulse Theatre and has over 30 years experience as a performer, director, and teacher of improvisation.
One week prior to the start of each short course, there will be an open class where new participants can come along to try improvisation. The Open Classes will introduce at a basic level the concepts to be covered in the following 4 weeks, so it is highly recommended that if you are attending the course, that you also attend the open class. This class is free for participants of the following block, and it will be assumed you are attending unless you advise otherwise.
If you just want to attend the Open Class, or have friends who do, please register for the event on Meetup...
At the end of each class, you will be given an activity or exercise to try out during the week. This is totally optional, but a much-requested feature, and can help accelerate your learning and progress.
The course schedule is subject to revision. Dates of later blocks may change with other commitments throughout the year. Specific class content is a guideline only and will vary according to the needs and rate of progress of the students in the class.
Block 1: Fundamentals and Stagecraft
10/01/2018 (Open Class); 17/01/2018 to 07/02/2018
In this block we will be playing out scenes that help build fundamental skills of improvisation such as agreement, listening, being in the moment, and the freedom to fail. We will also use scenework to look at how we can make the best use of the stage in an improvised performance.
Block 2: Character and Relationship
14/02/2018 (Open Class); 21/02/2018 to 14/03/2018
At the heart of every story are the characters. We investigate a variety of options that help you discover a character. Through discovery, the characters we portray are more natural and organic, and scenework becomes easier as the character "knows" instinctively how to react. This, in turn, helps us more easily realise the nature of our character and the relationship they have with the other characters in the scene.
Block 3: The Fun of Discovery
21/03/2018 (Open Class); 28/02/2018 to 25/04/2018 (no class 11/04/2018, see below)
Improvisation should be fun, and the best way to have fun is to avoid work! Rather than doing all the hard work of creating a reality, the characters and the circumstances, we can simply discover these through "creative adjacency". This simple but powerful concept works on the principle that everything already exists. It helps us to discover, step-by-step, who our character is, where they are, what is happening, and their relationship - all with little-to-no effort.
Please note: There is no regular class on 11 April 2018. We are hosting American improv guru, Gary Schwartz, so there will be a special class on this date that is NOT part of our regular classes.
Block 4: Word Power
dates to be confirmed (probably starting with the Open Class on 09/05/2018)
What we say, how and when we say it, how much we say, and when we choose silence, all tell us a great deal about our character and the moment they are living in. We will work on skills to help us harness our dialogue to enhance both the comedy and the drama of our scenes.
Block 5: Let's Get Physical
dates to be confirmed
Our body is one of our most powerful instruments as a performer. Not only do we express ourselves through our body, but our body can also tell us what to do on stage. We will work on scenes that help us unlock the potential of our body for greater expressiveness, enhance our stage presence, and harness it's powerful kinaesthetic responses for a more connected performance. We will also work on some basic object-work (mime) techniques that will help you gain confidence in creating and interacting with the physical space around you.
Block 6: Performance
dates to be confirmed
We've already learned lots of techniques and built our skills. Now we look at how these can be best applied in a performance context. We will do scenes and exercises to help us build "group mind", look at how to create longer, more complex scenes, and learn how to share focus and make transitions between scenes.
Block 7: Getting Messy
dates to be confirmed
Much of what we have learned so far focuses on working together to create simple cohesive scenes, but as we improve our improv skills and build trust we reach a point where we can also successfully mess with the scene and with each other. This can be tremendous fun for the players and delightful for the audience - when done well. It is an advanced skillset that requires a high degree of trust and a good understanding of our fellow players. We'll learn how to successfully throw a curve-ball, and how to deal with it when someone does.
* The Phillipstown Community Hub is at 39 Nursery Rd, Phillipstown. It is the old Phillipstown primary school. You can park your vehicle in the car-park, the entrance is directly opposite Cross St.
If you have any questions about this workshop, please send us a message using the Contact Form.