Workshops

Friday 2pm - 5pm

Mindf*cks

by Gosia Rózalska

Is improv theatre, or cabaret, i sit art, or entertainment, or everything combined, it’s improviser’s choice and everyone can answer differently. But what we can all agree on, is that improv is a muscle. And muscle needs to be trained, to be strong and flexible. This workshop is a training. And I will make you sweat. Impossible warm-ups, disconnecting body and mind, burning the brain, and switching it off and on, combo-exercises. No discussion. No storytelling. Improv gym. Improv crossfit.

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Beauty Is Ugly

by Beata Rózalska

Everyone has that ugly inside. No matter how much we don't want to have it and how we try avoid it, it will always be with us. In this workshop you will become friends with your inner and outer ugliness. You will learn when and how to use it. You will take more risks with making strong decisions. You will look very bad and feel joy because of it. You will embarrass your inner critic. You will use your body. How to make the ugliness authentic and also how to hide it sometimes? Will you dare to be ugly?

Make Them Care

by Billy Kissa

What do you seek in a scene, as an audience? All of us will give different answers, but they sum up to one word, identification. By using emotions on stage the audience relates to your scenes and character. Feelings are something all humanity has in common. In this workshop you will use your feelings to connect with each other and with the audience, you will challenge your partners and yourself emotionally and finally, make people care! 

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Do It Again

by Kiki Hohnen

In improv class and rehearsals, we often get feedback after the scene is done, giving us little chance of incoporating the notes immediately. This workshop has you rewind parts of the scene, trying different skills and playing with them immediately to see where they take you. Kiki side-coaches you and helps you break your patterns to help you get the most out of your rehearsal time.

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Family Treehouse

by Alex Fradera

In this workshop we'll make a character and then clamber around their family tree, scene by scene. This is a way to explore how both similarities and contrasts make for good improvisation, and find fun ways to connect scenes together. This workshop will help you develop instincts for how to populate the world of your characters, as well as a simple show format for you to take away.

 

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Stories Are For Humans

by Lee White

This workshop shows you how to create your scenes moment by moment, helping you to develop the skills for storytelling and strong characters. The scene work is the basic building block of any show. Lee helps you to recognize bad habits in your improvisation and gives you the tools to get out of them, helping you break down storytelling to its simplest and driving you to make them as complex and colourful as your imagination lets you. 

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Monologues: All For One

by Omar Galvan

More than 15 structures for one actor scenes. The content disposed by the way. Unfolding the triple role in the monologues. The writer, performer and director. Tools to generate scenes beyond Improv. Forget the fear, welcome to the pleasure to play on stage alone.

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Soundeffects And Noisy People

by Gael Perry

The stories, the emotions, the relations can be created by words. They can also be created without them. But between speaking and keeping the scene silent, isn't there a world?
This is a workshop about supporting your acting using sounds. Realistic sounds, crazy sounds, annoying sounds, but the most important: your own sounds! Through different technics and exercises, we will work on layering the imaginary world around you with soundeffects to make it deeper. This workshop is a good complement of "A whole new world" but can be followed separately.
Unmute your mouth, and let's be noisy!

Workshops

Saturday 10am - 5pm

Women Who Run With The Wolves

by Gosia Rózalska

Workshop inspired by the book with the same title by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. This workshop is about women and for women (and those who identify as women) only . The Wild Woman is a part of each and every one of us. You can find her in stories, myths, fairy tales since the beginning of humankind. That's the spirit full of power, creativity, joy and instincts. Our times are confusing and unbalanced. Let's take a step back and work through female archetypes on what we show on stage today. How do we use our powers, and do we REALLY use them in improv? Get inspired by the stories, and connect to our primal wildness to create truthful female characters and let's not be afraid of power, love, anger, revenge, compassion, and other energies, that we hold back too often

 

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Strong Partner

by Beata Rózalska

Caring. Strength. Balance. Inspiration. Temperament. Calmness. Awareness. Partner. If you usually give the space to others and keep following, then take the stage now. If you usually lead, give the stage and the spotlight to those players who usually stay in the shadows. If you want your partner to feel safe on stage with you, become united. Inspire yourself with your partner, that will give you power. Use your temperament to support and create. Look for the balance. Find it and create it.

The Bench

by Billy Kissa

The Bench is a slow improv format. There’s a fascinating beauty in taking things slowly on stage. Discovering the little elements that make a difference and can feed our impulses is what trains our observation skills and helps us read our scene partner much better and in much more depth. Ultimately, The Bench trains us to focus on building very strong relationships on stage, that take our scenes to a much deeper and meaningful level.

 

Improv And Psychology

by Kiki Hohnen

This workshop uses three aspects of psychological theory to help deepen your character work: First, we use Leary’s Rose to explore the dynamics of a two-person relationship, simultaneously play with status and connection.It sounds vague, but I promise you it’s a ton of fun! Next, we use the personality traits from the NEO-PI to give you some fun tools to build realistic characters with. Channel your inner neuroticism, or be as agreeable as you can. How self-conscious can you be as a character on stage? The final part of the workshop explores Axis 2 of the DSM – personality. We go through the theory and brainstorm the characters we know from books, film, and tv that fit the various profiles – you’ve seen a lot of them on Game of Thrones. We practice with our own versions of these personalities to explore how we can bring them to life on stage.

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Heart Ache: Finding Fun In The Suffering

by Alex Fradera

The Buddha says life is suffering. Better not argue with him! In this workshop we'll find ways to suffer and get in trouble, and see exactly how fun it can be to hit rock bottom... and keep going. We'll also practice torturing others, creating the trouble your partner needs. This is an sensitive dance between partnersthat helps improve key improv skills. So grab your partner... and get ready to squeeze.

 

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Your 15 Minutes of Fame

by Lee White

This workshop is for those who want to start working with the audience even more than already usual in improv. You may have heard of Lees work on stage, performing scenes with audience members in the show „Your 15 Minutes of Fame“. The results can be magical. Its a must see for any Improvisor. Working with the audience can be tricky, dangerous and even frightening. Lees approach is simple... they should be the star. Giving everything to support your public partner becomes the best practice for any improvisor. Lee takes you through his philosophy and various scenarios to condition you for entering the world of scenes with audience members.

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Reality Level (In The Magic Realism Mood)

by Omar Galvan

An Omar’s pure research. Omar Argentino Galvan share his particular and evolving work always researching dramaturgy paths and performing resolutions not generally explore in the improv. The poetic movement. The Magic Realism as an excuse and inspiration to learn and generate a new mood to play. Ghosts, the not living character, the reelection of empty space, reality planes, imaginary object 2.0.

A key workshop to discover and understand a Latin American style of improvisation as a theatrical expression.

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A French Lesson in Romance

by Gael Perry

France is well known for the wine, for the baguettes and for the Eiffel Tower. But France is also a country of romance, body language and love!

This is a workshop about using our bodies, the distances, our positions to frame intimacy. Using physicality and little gestures, less words and more eye contact, small touches and beyond everything our heart, we will learn how to create an intimate relationship. Through exercises and scene work, we will learn how to live that relationship fully to show kind, deep and realistic scenes.

Impro is about life, and what would be life without love?

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Workshops

Sunday 10am - 1pm

I'm With You

by Gosia Rózalska

“Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak” – said Epictetus, and that became a motto of my first improv group and stayied in my head. Are you searching for a magical way to make every format and every ensembe work? Well, you got it. Under your nose. Or next to it. Listen. And react. How exactly use in practice the popular saying “Let your partner shine”? How not to be afraid of playing with a stranger-improviser? How to play a format, that you’ve never heard of? How to offer yoursef, but not to jump on your partner? How to not let others to cross your boundaries, when the situation gets out of control? In this workshop you will jump on the sledge of the scene with your partner and slide, without stopping on the way. And when you’re done, you’ll hi5, even if you’ve never seen each other before.

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I Don't Know Yet

by Beata Rózalska

The stage has been empty for too long. The current Scene should be cut, but you have no idea how to start next one. It doesn't matter! Just go. If you ask yourself, what you are doing, it's good not to know. On this workshop you will learn how to trust your instincts and your body. How to listen to your own impulses and how to react fast.

Go With The Flow

by Billy Kissa

As actors, our job is to tell stories. We think we make up the stories, but we don’t. They already exist. We just have to follow them and let them take us where they need to go. In this workshop we will make our lives easier on stage by listening to what our stories have to say and let them make all the decisions for us.

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(Mostly) Silent Scenes

by Kiki Hohnen

What happens if the first few minutes happen in total silence? Not being able to define the who/what/where verbally forces us to connect in a deeper way and be much more physical on stage. In this workshop we experiment with how long we can stay silent for by relying on our non-verbal skills, on emoting, and on connecting with our fellow players.

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Just Add Colour

by Alex Fradera

When our improv scenes feel thin and sketchy, it's because we've drawn the lines, but forgotten to colour in. In this workshop we're in no hurry to get ahead; instead, we'll take time to bring every part of the scene to life. We'll run our fingers over every suggestion, and find the joy in filling things up until they overflow - and spill out into the next place we get to be.

 

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Stage Friction

by Lee White

Students are taught to avoid conflict but there is a way to use it to your advantage in stories and character building. Every story needs some conflict, right? This workshop is focused on characters with conflict, how to play conflict with your scene partners and how to use conflict in character building. Students learn how to start scenes with conflict and how to avoid the tiresome arguments conflict often brings. Don't avoid conflict - make conflict a skill to use!

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Instant Biology

by Omar Galvan

We will put the microscope in the absolute present, at the moment when improvisation happens. Practical exercises that aim to dissect the instant. The focus will be in your improvised lines, word by word, the subtle emotion, the latent history. If the Impro is a living organism, we will go to its DNA. A practical and minimalist workshop in which you will play with subtle physical, intellectual and emotional movements.

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A Thousand Characters Out Of You

by Gael Perry

There are many ways to work on character creation. You can learn how to maintain your body, how to walk with a cane, how to feel like fire, or one of the many other tricks. But what you need to BE somebody different is to FEEL like someone else.

This is a workshop about creating many characters (a thousand and more) from nothing, without thinking, unplugging your brain to be transported by the moment. Using funny exercises and musical inspired scenes, you will learn to create a different body, which will be at the same time natural and surprising for yourself.

Close your eyes, listen to the music, and be alive!

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