San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A course to last a lifetime
During this weekend you’ll experience activities that build your confidence. You'll meet the main principles of improvisation in an atmosphere of safety and support. 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. Improvisation concepts include spontaneity, speaking, listening, storytelling, and making one’s partner look good.
Who is this course for?
Here are some questions that can help you decide if this course is for you:
Would you like to ...
- Feel more spontaneous, creative and confident on the stage of life?
- Reduce feelings of shame and inner critique?
- Go beyond small talk when meeting new people?
- Try new behaviours and practice risk-taking in a safe and supportive environment?
- Do something new and fun?
Do you sometimes ...
- Worry about what other people think of you?
- Tend to stay silent and keep your thoughts to yourself during difficult conversations?
- Go unnoticed in group discussions?
- Hide in your shell and avoid leaving your comfort zone?
- Find it difficult to speak when put on the spot?
If you answered 'Yes' to any of the above questions, then you'll find that the Improvisation for Life course will have something for you. To find out more about improvisation and professional development, take a look at our Improvisation at Work course.
Sat 21 March + Sun 22 March, 10am-5pm
The Poor School, 242 Pentoville Road, Kings Cross, N1
£180+VAT or £160+VAT (concessions sutdents or unemployed)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the classes going to be like?
Each day 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 weekend, 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?
This weekend will be taught by improvisation author and director Paul Z Jackson.
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?
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.
I can no longer come. What can I do?
You can contact us to reschedule your class for free if you contact us at least 14 calendar days in advance. Rescheduling will stop being free after this time limit. Simply contact us with your booking details and let us know which class you would like to attend in stead.
If you cancel your booking at least 21 calendar days in advance of your course, we will refund you in full (minus registration costs).
What if I don’t like it?
If you turn up and discover this is not for you, you can leave up to 1.5 hours into the first morning and we’ll give you your money back (minus registration costs). We want people to enjoy themselves so if our classes do not meet your expectations, there's no catch.
I want to come but can't do these dates.
No worries. We are adding new dates all the time.
You can also do the course on Thursday evenings, dates yet to be confirmed.
Please contact us to be added onto our mailing list.
Can I book a class for someone else?
You can buy a voucher for yourself or someone else which is valid for 12 months and can be used on any of the upcoming courses. Have a look at how it works on our Improvised Gift page and if you have any questions, contact us directly or use our online contact form.
When & Where
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.