• character


Expand your character range and go beyond your default characters.

We all have certain characters that we go to in improv, from naturalistic to larger than life. Maria will be providing fun energetic exercises and helpful feedback to help you to get out of your comfort zone and find new ways of improvising characters and expand your character range.

She will be teaching a variety of great tools to help find characters in improv including Physicality, Inspiration from Animals, Voice, Movement, Accents, Tempo and more.

We’ll be putting this all together to improvise fun yet believable characters that have depth, as even the weirdest of weirdo characters have feelings too!

We’ll then be looking at how to hold your character with relationships in longer scenes as they are put into various situations with lots and lots of scene and character practice.

Most of all it’s going to be LOADS of fun with a fun and energetic teaching style.

dates, time, location

Dates: Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 2nd June 2020. BOOK NOW

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.

Price: £230. Either payable all at once or £100 at time of booking and £130 when the course starts.

Teacher: Maria Peters.

Workshop Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 2 Finsbury Avenue, off Whitecross Place, London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street or Moorgate.

maria peters

Maria performs in Breaking & Entering and co-produces The Playground, which along with Lauren Shearing she has grown to be one of London’s most popular improv nights.

Her solo show, The Science of Cringe, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year and played to sell-out audiences. She has also written for BBC Radio Comedy and is a regular on the improvised podcast Destination.

Maria has performed at numerous international improv festivals including Estonia, The Netherlands, Philadelphia, Portugal & Dublin.

She has studied with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Chicago and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close.

She has also studied with Keith Johnstone, Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Second City in Chicago.

To top it all off Maria is a professional educator. Having spent over 10 years in learning, training & informal education, she understands the fundamentals of passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.

Maria believes it’s paramount to put her students’ needs first and always creates a friendly, relaxed environment where the goal in every class is to learn new things while having a bloody good time!


Maria will be teaching a variety of great tools to help find characters in improv including:

  • Physicality.
  • Inspiration from animals.
  • Leading with different body parts.
  • Changing posture.
  • Internal metronome.
  • Tempo.
  • Character idiosyncrasies.
  • Character game.
  • Vocal change.
  • Inspiration from inanimate objects.
  • Motivations and Objectives.
  • Peas in a pod scenes.
  • Point of view.
  • Emotion.
  • Accents.
  • Impressions.
  • Relationships.
  • Status.
  • Drawing characters from real life.