• acting for improvisers

stagecraft course

A selection of the most helpful bits from drama school, squished into a weekend intensive for improvisers.

In improv we learn about listening, yes and, spontaneity and more, but there is a whole world of other skills from professional acting that are also helpful for improvisers and often missing from the improv scene.

You might not be able to do an entire full-time drama school program, so instead we’ve asked one of our favourite actors to teach the highlights that they feel will be most helpful to the improv scene. The best tools from drama school, applied to improv.

The intensive will include a selection of exercises on stagecraft, theatricality, how to warm up and use your voice, physicality and use of the body, stage presence, intimacy, connecting with one and other on stage and actually feeling things on stage instead of presenting.

The aim will be enable improvisers to have a truthful connection on stage and to be open and vulnerable, while keeping the dexterity and skill needed to put on a professional looking show.

This intensive is in our advanced level section so if you haven’t got any previous experience of performing improv comedy on stage it’s best to start with our Level 1 Beginners Improv Course or Level 2 improv courses first.

dates, time, location

Dates (2 day intensive): Saturday 9th November – Sunday 10th November 2019.

Time: 11:30am – 4pm each day.

Price: £90.

Teacher: Jonah Fazel.

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, 2 Finsbury Avenue, off Whitecross Place, London, EC2M 2PP.

Tube: Liverpool Street or Moorgate.

Please note that this course is for people with previous improv experience, it isn’t for beginners.

This course is now sold out. Please contact us to be added to the waiting list for future dates.

topics

We will be doing a selection of these topics over the weekend, based on the needs and requirements of the group.

  • Using the stage in theatrical and creative ways
  • Acting skills for improv
  • Stagecraft
  • Truthful emotional connection between improvisers
  • Opening yourself up and being vulnerable
  • Being human on stage
  • Feeling real emotions rather than presenting
  • Find a subtlety to your performance yet retain the clarity of purpose
  • Touch
  • Intimacy
  • Vocal warm ups
  • Using your voice well
  • Physicality and use of the body
  • Theatricality
  • Using the whole stage
  • Creating believable space work
  • Stage pictures
  • Stage presence, how to own your own body and the space

Jonah Fazel

Jonah is a veteran improviser, Character Comedian, and Children’s TV presenter. He performs in the BAFTA award winning online comedy series History Bombs, and tours nationally in ‘Bumper Blyton: The Improvised Adventure’.

He has created work at The Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Court and The National Theatre as well as many site-specific venues and toured the UK as a performer, director and workshop leader.

Jonah trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the Webber Douglas Academy. He has studied clowning under Philippe Gaulier, stand-up comedy under Logan Murray and improvisation under Keith Johnstone.

He specialises in character comedy, improvisation & immersive work and teaches improvisation at the Actors Centre London, Hoopla Impro and The Nursery Theatre.

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