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Gary Schwartz weekend intensive - 13th - 15th April 2018

This is HUGE! Award-winning, TV and film actor, director, comedian and a master teacher of improvisational acting, Gary Schwartz, will be joining us in April this year for a weekend intensive from Friday, 13th April to Sunday, 15th April.

"Gary is a terrific teacher" --- Dan Castellaneta (a.k.a. Homer Simpson)

"Viola had genius and she shared it. Gary Schwartz continues to share her genius with integrity" --- Valerie Harper

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La Poésie sans Parole - Saturday 4th Nov 2017

Pauline Calmé is a French improviser from Paris best known for her poetic, musical and clowning approach to improvisation.  She is visiting New Zealand to attend NZIF (the NZ Improvisation Festival) and as part of her visit will be coming to Christchurch to share her knowledge of Physical Theatre, Mask, and Movement in this special one-day master-class.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with an international teacher with a unique and inspirational approach.  You need not be an improviser to benefit from this workshop as the techniques and concepts taught are broadly applicable to all forms of performing arts.

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David Razowsky masterclass - 13 - 15 October 2017

David Razowsky workshop

David Razowsky is the one of the most sought after teachers of acting and improvisation in the world. He is the former Director of Training for the prestigious Second City, Los Angeles and is a featured teacher at the world's largest improvisation festivals.  As a performer, he has worked with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, Amy Sedaris, and many others.

You can read more about David, and his work, on his website - davidrazowsky.com

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Bobbi Block intensive - 3rd to 5th Feb 2017

Bobbi's back!

Bobbi's 2016 workshop filled up fast.  In Feb 2017 she's back - don't miss out!

Bobbi Block, Artistic Director of Philadelphia's critically acclaimed Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, returns to NZ in 2017 - and this time we've got her lined up for a full weekend intensive and a show.

This unmissable weekend intensive will run from Friday evening (3rd Feb), all day Saturday and Sunday (4th/5th).  The weekend will also include Bobbi directing you in her brilliant improvised show, "Secrets", on Sunday evening (5th Feb).

This is a rare opportunity to work with one of the great international teachers of improvisation.  Spaces are strictly limited.

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Get Engaged: 5 Dec 2016

Jonathan Briden (Artistic Director of Impulse Theatre) presents "Get Engaged" in Christchurch on Monday 5th December 2016.  Jonathan presented this workshop for El Teatro Piso in Buenos Aires in April, and it sold out at the NZ Improvisation Festival in Wellington in October - Now it's your chance Christchurch!

Perfect for Every Actor

This workshop will help you to bring out the truth of your characters, regardless of the medium.  For stage or screen, engagement is an essential facet of your performance.  Bring your dramatic scenes to life and enrich your comedic scenes.  These skills will also provide a boost to your auditions.

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Get Engaged: NZIF 2016

In October, Jonathan Briden (Artistic Director of Impulse Theatre) will be presenting his "Get Engaged" workshop at the New Zealand Improvisation Festival in Wellington.

Perfect for...

Performers who want to bring out the truth of their characters in a way that will enliven their dramatic scenes and enrich their comedic scenes.

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Improvising as an Actor: David Razowsky - 15-17 July 2016

David Razowsky workshop

David Razowsky is the one of the most sought after teachers of acting and improvisation in the world. His work is transformational. In 2015 he was recognised for his teaching, winning the 2015 INNY Award for Best Improvisation Instructor/Coach. David is the former Director of Training for the prestigious Second City, Los Angeles.  As a performer he has worked with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, and Amy Sedaris, and many others.

You can read more about David, and his work, on his website - davidrazowsky.com

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Mask Masterclass - Steve Jarand - March 2016

steve jarand

Steve Jarand is a master of mask and improvisation and will be presenting a two-day Mask and Improvisation Masterclass in Christchurch on March 19th and 20th.

Steve is based in Canada and has been part of Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary since 1987, working with teachers such as Keith Johnstone (the creator of TheatreSports) and Shawn Kinley.  He travels extensively with his teaching - across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India - and now we have a chance to work with him here in New Zealand!

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Bobbi Block workshop - Feb 2016

Update: Extended workshop - Wednesday 17th Feb

Bobbi's two-day workshop filled up in just a couple of hours, but we didn't want you to miss out on this opportunity to work with her, so Bobbi has kindly agreed to run an additional workshop on the Wednesday.  Don't miss this opportunity to work with a great international teacher here in Christchurch!

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