Join us for an evening of improvisation. The themes are:
11 September: Introduction to Improvisation
18 September: Interactions and Communication
25 Sepbtember: Accessing and expressing Creativity
2 October: Performing in Life and on Stage
9 October: Bouncebackability and Resilience
16 October: Presentation Skills
23 October: Teamwork and Leadership
30 October: Games for Problem Solving
What are the classes going to be like?
Each 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 which refreshments are available.
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. The 2013 and 2014 courses will be taught mainly by Paul Z Jackson.
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.
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?
These classes are 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+
Where will the classes be held?
The classes will be held at Diorama Arts Studos in Euston, central London. You can find out how to get there on our Visit the Academy page.
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.