The Comedy Store Players present The Improvisation Academy
Improvisation Academy Foundation Courses
8 sessions over 8 weekday evenings or 2 weekends, to improvise life one step at a time.
* Do you want to learn the skills that The Comedy Store Players use to make up their shows?
* Would you like to be more spontaneous on the stage of life?
* Would you enjoy meeting like-minded people to develop your confidence and creativity in a sociable environment?
If so, we will teach you the basic skills and principles of improvisation. In fact, the course is split into two parts, Improvisation for Life and Improvisation at Work, to make sure you get the skills you want:
Improvisation for Life
Evening Option: Tuesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 February Time: 7pm-10pm
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 March Time: 10am-5pm
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May Time: 10am-5pm
Venue: The Poor School
In these four sessions you’ll experience activities that build your confidence. You'll meet the main principles of improvisation in an atmosphere of safety. These classes will bring you out of your shell, so that you can enjoy the more outgoing aspects of your personality.
If you tend to stay silent and sometimes go unnoticed, you'll learn how to articulate your ideas so that they will be heard and so that you can make an impact in groups and social settings.
You will learn to bring your hidden resources into the open and put them to good use. You’ll sample many of the ways that improvisation can quickly develop your skills, so you can start to apply the ideas in your life and work straight away.
Feeling more confident on the stage of life
Being in the moment and accessing your creativity
Collaboration and better relationships through co-creation
Facing challenges such as difficult conversations
Improvisation at Work
Evening Option: Tuesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 March Time: 7pm-10pm
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March Time: 10am-5pm
Saturday 7 June and Sunday 8 June Time: 10am-5pm
Venue: The Poor School
These four sessions will help you make a leap in your presence and personal impact. You will learn tools and techniques that release your creativity and make you truly innovative. The course will raise your communication skills from adequate to truly outstanding, and take your presentations from competent to compelling.
If currently not everyone quite gets you, you'll be making the most of your real merits by the end of this course. You can go from being the second banana to taking charge, by discovering how to navigate successfully through uncertainty. Think on your feet and handle challenging situations with confidence and creativity.
In other words, these sessions are about harnessing your creativity, raising your game to a higher level and increasing your personal and professional impact.
Resilience and 'bounceback-ability'
Presenting yourself and interacting with an audience
Leading and following in teams
Solving problems and dealing with conflict
Important Information and FAQ
How much do the courses cost?
Improvisation for Life and at Work (8 evening sessions or 2 weekends) £330 (plus VAT); Concessions* £295 (plus VAT)
Improvisation for Life or at Work (4 evening sessions or 1 weekend) £180 (plus VAT); Concessions* £160 (plus VAT)
Single drop-in taster session (4 February or 4 March) £45 (plus VAT); Concessions* £40 (plus VAT)
*Students or unemployed (please bring proof to first session)
Please make sure to select the correct date in the drop-down menu at the top.
What are the classes going to be like?
Each evening class is 3 hours long and includes physical and verbal warm-ups, games, exercises, relevant theory and de-briefing. Through playfulness, fun and laughter, we explore the world of improvisation (mostly off-stage), to learn new approaches to life and work, handle mistakes and develop our resilience.
The classes are participative and experiential. Throughout the classes, you will be working in pairs and groups of various sizes. We'll take a break in each evening session - in which refreshments are available. The intensive weekend sessions cover the same curriculum over the same total time, running from 10am-5pm, with breaks and lunch.
Who will be teaching the classes?
The classes will be taught by one or more of our faculty. The current faculty is improvisation author and director Paul Z Jackson, and Comedy Store Players Lee Simpson and Neil Mullarkey.
All tutors have many years of experience of teaching improvisation. Our teaching is based on the work of improvisation legends such as Viola Spolin, Keith Johnstone and Del Close. We also draw on more recent developments such as the work of The Applied Improvisation Network.
This set of courses will be taught by Paul Z Jackson.
Do I need to be funny to take these classes?
No. You may be surprised to hear that in order to improvise, you do not need to be able to tell jokes or be particularly snappy. What you do need is a collaborative attitude and a willingness to try something new (in a safe environment).
Do I need previous experience in improvisation?
Nope. No previous experience needed either on a stage or in any form of comedy.
Is this course only for beginners?
This course is for beginners with no previous experience of improvisation as well as experienced improvisers who want to get a new perspective on the use of improvisation techniques in different areas of life. We welcome students from all levels to learn and laugh together.
Whether you are a student, teacher, manager, construction worker, nurse, theatre lover (or not), you will all improvise together and progress individually and collectively.
Can I bring my kids?
As with the Comedy Store, the age requirement is 18+
Do you provide overnight accommodation?
No, but London does have many lovely places to stay.
I can no longer come. Can I get a refund?
We will refund you in full (minus registration costs) if you cancel your booking at least 21 calendar days in advance.
What if I don’t like it?
If you turn up and discover this is not for you, you can leave up to 90 minutes into your first class and we’ll give you your money back (again minus registration costs).
I want to come but can't do these dates.
No worries. We will have more dates scheduled soon. Please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on to our mailinglist for future dates.
I have more questions, who do I ask?
For questions or more information, please have a look at our website or email us directly at email@example.com
The Improvisation Academy
Our programmes offer a selection of engaging activities that teach valuable lessons for day to day life. Learning to improvise is an enjoyable and transformative way of improving your presence, confidence and communication skills.
Using the LIFE PASS curriculum, our signature workshops Improvisation for Life and Improvisation at Work offer students a chance to experience Improvisation in a safe environment, working at their own pace with no pressure to perform.
Paul Z Jackson author of Easy: A LIFE PASS to Creativity and Confidence has been teaching improvisation for over twenty years and is President of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN). He has taught Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones, and runs The Improvisation Academy with Neil Mullarkey and Lee Simpson from the Comedy Store Players.