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

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 -

Improvising as an Actor

Every actor needs improvisation skills. They are essential in today's competitive audition environment, and indispensable on stage and screen.  The skills you will learn in this two and a half day workshop (1 evening + 2 days) is focused on getting the actor to become comfortable organically developing a character within a given set of circumstances. Actors will be taught how to effortlessly create instant relationships, compelling points of view, strong character choices, and exciting and natural scenarios. Actors who have worked with Razowsky call his approach “compelling,” “gratifying,” “simple,” and “exciting.” Once you’re exposed to this, you won’t let go.

Bonus: Guided Performance

As part of the workshop, there will be a guided improvisation performance on the Sunday evening.  This is an unmissable opportunity to put what you have learned into action!  

Performing in a show that’s directed by David Razowsky is a special event, particularly when David directs you while you perform. His gentle, direct “side coaching” has proven to benefit all improvisers who’ve joined him for these “Guided Improv Scenes.” The cast of actors will be lead through two-person scenes with David keeping the actors focused on their points-of-view, guiding them toward the “shiny objects,” following where the scene’s heat is and where the scenic surprises live. All this with a live audience!

(Note: Participation in the performance is optional - but highly recommended!)

Workshop Details

Dates/Times Friday 15th July - 7pm to 10pm
  Saturday 16th July - 10am - 5pm
  Sunday 17th July - 10am - 5pm
  Guided Performance: Sunday evening (time/venue to be confirmed)
Location Workshop:

Forfar Courts Community Hall
95 Forfar Street, St. Albans, Christchurch
Please park on the street. Forfar Courts parking is for residents only.


Heaton Performance Centre,
125/133 Heaton St, Merivale, Christchurch

Participants max 16
Cost $220
Booking Form Click here to book for David Razowsky

Notes for Participants

  • David's unique way of teaching improvisation means that you need not have previously studied improvisation.  A background in acting (in any form) will help you get more out of the experience, but all that really matters is you, your experience as a living, breathing human being, and a willingness to set aside your ego, and just be.
  • Priority for places in the workshop will be given to local performers.  Impulse Theatre is committed to bringing world-class teachers to Christchurch to offer exceptional training experiences to our local performers. Whilst we appreciate the enthusiasm shown by other NZ performers to travel to Christchurch for these workshops, our goal is to add to the performing arts scene here in Christchurch.


If you have any questions about this workshop, please send us a message using the Contact Form.