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  • "This workshop presents Jill Bernard's Fireball Theory and offers exercises to help you improvise faster and harder than you can judge yourself. You will learn to metaphorically hit the scene running and outrun the explosion of self-loathing and doubt like an action movie hero outruns a fireball thus defying the laws of physics. Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop.
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  • "This workshop will explore more than 15 structures for one actor scenes. Using viewpoints and other tools we will unfold the triple role in the monologues: the writer, performer and director. Tools to generate scenes and no improv text. "
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  • "Just like life- impro requires contradictory abilities: The ability to be focused, and the ability to let go. To zoom in and zoom out. To find the details and tell the story. To lead! And still stay surprised. To hurry up, and slow down. These contradictory abilities are simply different ends of the same rope. The rope of focus, storytelling, cooperation, rhythm and more. I invite you to come and explore the balance, the place where you can choose to do what’s needed at the right time. Be a Ninja! You have inside of you the spectrum of each tool, now use the one most needed."
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  • This workshops aims at giving you a comprehensive toolkit to explore, enjoy and design your own sound signature. We’ll go through basic beatboxing and musical notions to support scenes with powerful soundtrack. No need to be a specialist, just explore your possibilities and create your own sound box, special effects, animate,objects, animals and more!
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  • "In this workshop we will combine multiple aspects of improvisation to make characters, scenes and stories bigger, stronger and more fun! Physicality: by being physical on stage, we lift improv out of the “talking heads” syndrome and into exciting and theatrical worlds. By being physical, we engage both ourselves and our audience on a visceral level. How do we portray Violence, Friendship, Intimacy, Love, Lust? Staging: in improv, we can actually make an audience see things and places that aren't there on stage, if only we have the skills and commitment to make it happen. Instead of standing onstage and talking, we have the opportunity and the challenge of portraying the full range of human experience. Transitions: transitions (sometimes called “edits” or “scene cuts”), both within and between scenes, are one of the truly magical aspects of improvisation. We will look at the many ways that we can, as an ensemble, move from one part of scenes and stories into the next part, with the goal of making anything and everything possible. "
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  • "In this workshop, I take participants through some of the core principles of Commedia Del Arte. On how through your body language, and gibberish you can actually tell a story. We'll look at areas like: How can I perform without talking my native language? How a movement or a facial expression can transform your story? How do we elaborate a scene without talking, but only with your body expression?"
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  • "Many of the genres we perform have characters that were created to reflect society of the time. Even if the author set the story in a different time, the actions or behaviours of the characters represented the social sensibility of the reader. These acceptable social rules were heavily categorised into male and female behaviour. Today’s world is different. Our social dynamics and ‘rules’ of engagement encompass more freedom then rules of the past yet our storytelling is still shackled to historical roles. For example, if we continue to categorise behaviour by gender, in reflection of today’s world, are we not perpetuating a form of sexism? Do the actions need to be linked to the gender for the story to be told? Do the stories remain genre ‘true’ regardless of ‘gender’ casting? By questioning, challenging and exploring the purpose of the character in the story and removing the gender assumptions we break open new levels of impro play and possibilities. The effects on the audience are really quite interesting."
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  • "Jill Bernard offers a character toolkit to give participants the ability to create strong, compelling characters that they can hang onto through the whole scene. This session will focus on using Voice, Attitude or Posture, and Animal, Prop or Obsession to build instant characters. Participants will use these tools to fearlessly initiate scenes, create relationships and find agreement. But improv can also contain realistic characters who are vulnerable. Having the ability to create improv that is honest and vulnerable adds another layer to your work, a little bit of cake underneath your frosting to take your work from light entertainment to something with resonance. In this module, we start with your true self as a completely valid and powerful launchpad to creating original improvisation."
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  • "In this workshop we will explore everything about the languages of improv. These include: Verbal, Physical and Emotional Language The Languages of Truth and of Humor The Language of Scene, Narrative & Game Improvising in your Second (or 3rd or 4th) Language Improvising in Multiple Languages at the same time Improvising Social & Political Satire This workshop will probably be best for Intermediate to Advanced Improvisers and especially beneficial for multilingual improvisers. I will also provide personal feedback for each improviser and will be open to addressing any curiosities about Language in Improvisation that students bring into the workshop.
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  • "Magical Realism is a genre where extraordinary, unreal and strange things appear as part of the daily life and it´s completely normal. This workshop is a journey through the complex world of magical realism exploring basic elements such as : different ways of playing with time, fantastic or magic things as part of normal life, social and political relationships, and from who´s point of view are we watching the story."
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    The intensive focuses on the skills for creating, building and sustaining a scene / story in either long or short form. We look at platform, circle of expectations, identifying whose scene is it, advancing, raising the stakes and finding endings.
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  • "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. For experienced performers."
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  • "In this workshop you will work on scenes that lead to memorable songs, and practice different song structures. What makes a scene go from talking to singing? When is it the right moment? How can a song rise the stakes or make us understand a character? You will find answers to these questions and many more! And this class is open to musician improvisers!"
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  • "Doing scenes with no talking (!) takes us into a realm of non-verbal communication which is both challenging and eye-opening. How do we do it with clarity and commitment? How do scenes build? We need to pay attention and respond to each other in new and exciting ways. Fun!"
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  • "Deal with the worst improvisers and worst situations. Improvising implies taking risks but also commitment to your partners. We want to feel safe on stage but that oftens makes us too polite. We'll study both sides of the coin and learn how to break the rules and deal with the rulebreakers!"
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  • "The sound painting is a sign language that is used to compose in real time performances executed by several art disciplines. Created by Walter Thompson and spread around the world, the “Impro Big Band” is a derived dialect from the original. The end of the workshop is a performance open to spectators. It has been performed at Mexico, Reunion Island, Puerto Rico, Spain, etc. with an absolute success. Is a new way to play, in relationship with another artistic disciplines. This workshop is open to actors, musicians, dancers and any other artistic discipline!"
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  • "The workshop will explore the joy of finding truth in characters, and the ability to change in a believable way. We will do so by trying out different body languages, statuses, personal rhythms and psychological states. We will explore realistic characters along side with expressive and extreme ones. By using impro scenes and long forms, we will search the ways each character has to express it self while using its motivation, action, relationships and more."
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  • "Lee will guide you through some basic long form structures to give you a taste of the complicated but exhilarating world of long form improv. This workshop covers story timing, simple story frameworks and character development. Even if you have been doing long forms for years, this is a great workshop to get new perspectives and inspiration."
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  • "We will see the different ways we have to tell a story. Using resources like flash-back, flash-foward, music to make time jumps. Even cyclic structures, ordered and disordered. We will learn to know what is the main thread of each story and to quickly identify which is the engine and the idea. So we don’t get lost later in the structure and use it to entertain us and to surprise the audience."
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  • "Improvising 1-Act and 3-Act Stageplays Discover the joys of using your full acting prowess in this awesome format! If you enjoy improvising full-length stories, you’ll LOVE discovering The Naked Stage! This intensive will focus on the acclaimed Improv Playhouse of San Francisco format ""The Naked Stage"", in which the stories take place in a single setting/location, in traditional stage-play style. The improvisers play one character each, and there are no built-in time jumps, transitions or scene breaks . All the actors have is the bare stage, a simple suggestion from the audience, and each other. ""The Naked Stage"" is hugely popular in San Francisco and across the USA. ""The Naked Stage"" combines San Francisco’s tradition of narrative longform improvisation with the demands and surprises of traditional theater. In a sense, the actors are “trapped” on stage with only each other. Without the usual exit options (lights, time and location jumps, and other scene-enders), they are left to fully confront the characters and situations which they have created. (Suggested that students have significant prior experience in longform improv.)"
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  • Master Class is designed for the experienced improviser and is focused on providing specific feedback on the individual from an experience outside eye. We look at strengths, patterns and habits. The aim is to bring a greater awareness of your work, provided challenges and open areas for growth.
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  • "In this course we will learn how to use the body as well as the mind. Not to be dissociated to be able to transmit in silence with our bodies the things that are happening to us. We will learn to gather ideas with physicality and body, in order to achieve a more complete and committed communication."
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  • "The focus of this workshop will be providing students powerful, specific tools to help you connect and respond to your scene partners while improvising. I’ll show you how to play with - Emotional depth to bring richness to the ordinary - Emotional & Psychological listening to discover more possibilities in the moment - A strategic point of view to sharpen your Characters and Scenes - A vital presence to serve yourself and your scene partners, your scenes and shows We’ll work with understanding the differences & similarities in playing Game, Narrative & Long Form Characters. I’ll include personal feedback with tools you can use going forward. This workshop is perfect for all improvisers, regardless of skill level, and will provide you LOTS of reps in the improv gym to practice using the tools that I share with you."
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  • "This workshop is an encounter with an essential part of oneself. The clown that we’re looking for is hidden there where we hide our defects and our fears. Where we hide optimism and the pleasure to fail as well. In the workshop we´ll explore through games, improvisation and movement, the work of connecting in a special way with the public, the discovery of creativity immersed in failure, the ability to live in the moment and the moment in search of pleasure and play."
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  • "Let's take risks. Let's be on the stage in groups of between 3 and 10 people at the same time. Let's see how we can find focus, harmony, beauty, narrative, statuses and much more in this situation that we are usually trying to avoid. I believe that seeing a bunch of improvisers finding the flow together is a powerful and unusual thing to see on an impro stage. I invite you to explore with me the power of a group. To find the difference notes in the harmony. To find the balance between leading and following. To enjoy the power and support of being on stage as a mass group. "
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All our workshops are dispensed in english

"The long-form journey" (2 days)

This workshop presents story structure based on Christopher Vogler's adaptation of "The Hero's Journey". The participants will discover how to use this structure in a manner adapted for an improvised long form narrative performance. This unique workshop provides tools for developing and applying the "Hero's Journey" in a flexible and free way that does not make the improvisation rigid and predictable. The Hero’s Journey is not a prison that restricts your improvisation, in understanding the movements of a story the Hero’s Journey liberates the creativity in any long form narrative performance.


Mark Jane
UK

"Slow - introduction" (1 day)

"A sculptor starts to work on a big piece of wood, and a little kid is standing next to him, watching him work. After a while, the sculptor drops his tools on the floor, and walks back a little, to look at his sculpture. The kid does the same and discovers that the sculpture is actually his own face! He looks at the artist, and says, surprised: “Hey, how did you know I was in there?”. Why not become this sculptor and surprise the audience by revealing to them what is already there, in front of them, in between us? What if the stories we were about to tell were already written within us?"


Matthieu Loos
France (Lyon)

"The other conflicts" (1 day)

We spend too much time on Man vs. Man. What other conflicts are there? Man vs. Nature, Man vs.Society, Man vs. Himself, etc. In this workshop we will do some scene stwhat we can do besides bicker with each other.

Jill Bernard
USA

"Slow - advanced" (1 day)

"A sculptor starts to work on a big piece of wood, and a little kid is standing next to him, watching him work. After a while, the sculptor drops his tools on the floor, and walks back a little, to look at his sculpture. The kid does the same and discovers that the sculpture is actually his own face! He looks at the artist, and says, surprised: “Hey, how did you know I was in there?”. Why not become this sculptor and surprise the audience by revealing to them what is already there, in front of them, in between us? What if the stories we were about to tell were already written within us?" - for improvisers who are already familiar with the Slow technique

Matthieu Loos
France (Lyon)
Inbal Lori

"Time" (2 days)

Improvisation - like any other story telling art - uses the element of time, and does with it a variety of many cool things. It allows us to jump from one time to another,to be in two different times simultaneously, to slow or fast-forward the reality, to jump from the past to the future and much more! This intensive workshop it will take us from being totally present in the moment to time-traveling in an epic way, fast and funny way, with cinematic and theatrical qualities.

Inbal Lori
Israel
Felipe Ortiz

"Solo Scenes" (1 day)

The horror scenario of many improvisers: ¨let's see a solo scene¨ Actually it is not really that hard to play a scene just by yourself. Felipe Ortiz will help the participants of his workshop to bring solo-scenes to the stage by using physical work, details and being aware of your body. You will explore different ways for being able to travel inside your imagination and visualize for the audience and suddenly find yourself doing whole scenes without any pressure.

Felipe Ortiz
Colombia
Tim Orr USA

"Characters who actually like each other" (1 day)

Discover the power that you get as an improviser when you play characters who actually get along with the other characters in the scene. Most improvisers have heard of playing “happy/healthy”, but in my experience less than 5% of improvisers in the world actually know how to do this. Is there really a need for conflict and trouble between the characters in scenes? By getting along and liking each other, a whole new world of conflict-free detail opens up. You give yourself and your partners the room to be anyone, do anything and be anywhere. This is a powerful and transformative approach that will change your improv for good!

Tim Orr USA
(San Fransisco)
Fabio Maccioni

"Mirror theory" (2 days)

"We'll work on how to go deeper and deeper with our listening skills, in order to play more emotional and more organic scenes. All the exercises of this workshop will follow the metaphor of the mirror: a tool that will help us to respect and give value to the offers of our partner. In order to discover impro, more than create it. It will be fun and emotional, intense and poetic! "

Fabio Maccioni
Italia
Flavien Reppert

"Move your body! Sensitive animal" (1 day)

"This workshop aims at releasing your physical creative power. Your body is much more smarter than your brains and it's an open book worth to be read. Let's leave our brains backstage and follow our animal instincts. Listen to our bodies and our senses. Learn to be present from the 4 elementary animals: The Monkey (Earth): Body Creativity The Tiger (Fire): Release the Power The Shark (Water): the 6th Sense The Dragon (Air) : The Magic Skills and tools: physicality,creative work-out, Lecoq technique."

Flavien Reppert
France
Lee White

"Characters you recognize" (1 day)

Characters should be familiar and yet new. How do we do this? Lee White guides you through simple character creation and helps maintain and expand these characters for both long and short form. Strong characters that make your audience fall in love with them and come back over and over. Looking at the choices we make as improvisers and how to make better, stronger choices to develop great characters for the stories you want to tell.

Lee White
Canada
Flavien Reppert

"Pure Improv! Oh my guts!" (1 day)

"Are you afraid of the void, the slow, the silent and the unexpected? We’re going to explore global listening and learn how to reveal the magic scenes hidden inside you. We´ll learn to trust silence, our bodies, the environment and our partners to build our own truthful stories And share them to the world. Let's wait and not run, let's read the scenes rather than try to write them. Don´t give the audience what your fear thinks they want, give them what you are. Your pure honest self in the moment. Skills and Tools: Global Listening, Slow improv, physicality."

Flavien Reppert
France
Felipe Ortiz

"From imagination to poetry - Physical Improvisation" (3 days)

"Through spontaneity games, impro exercises, and specific movement techniques, you will find how to discover and create imaginary objects and spaces and how to connect your imagination with your body taking advantage of your possibilities and knowing your limits. In this workshop, the participants will be trained to allow their body to surprise them, taking them to unexpected places and circumstances, how to interact with imaginary spaces and objects, (they can be your best friend but also your worst enemy), this will be an important tool to avoid actor’s blockages and a limitless source of creativity and inspiration."

Felipe Ortiz
Colombia
Franck Buzz

"Playing with lights and video" (1 day)

"LightboX is an innovative format created by Franck BuzZ where lighting and video atmospheres are the starting point of each new scene. The LightboX has been played in 10 differents countries and with a lot of international famous improvisers : Patti Stiles, Joe Bill, Inbal Lori, Felipe Ortiz, Susan Messing ... In this workshop, discover how light can become your partner on stage and how you can create strong and powerful pictures to release your creativity and playfulness. Inspired by the « Lightbox » format, you will play in several lighting and video atmospheres to enter in a new universe of fantasy and poetry. Unique experience ! Guaranteed fun !! (videos of LightboX shows and workshops : https://vimeo.com/album/4163122 )"

Franck Buzz
France (Brest)
Lee White

"Stories are for humans" (2 days)

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.

Lee White
Canada
Jill Bernard

"If it makes you happy" (1 day)

Too often improv feels like a chore, filled with right decisions and good and bad choices. In this session with Jill Bernard, participants will learn the joy and success that follows doing exactly what tickles them.

Jill Bernard
USA
Omar Galvan

"Magical Realism, poetic body, reality levels" (2 days)

"An pure Omar workshop. Omar Argentino Galvan shares his particular and evolving work always researching dramaturgic paths and performing solutions not generally explored in improv. The poetic movement. The magic realism as an excuse and inspiration to learn and generate new shows. Ghosts, the non-living character, the use of empty space, reality planes, imaginary object 2.0 and sound painting strokes. A key workshop to discover and understand a Latin American style of improvisation as a theatrical expression."

Omar Galvan
Argentina
Tim Orr

"Narrative long-form intensive" (3 days)

Learn how to improvise sustained, improvised stories in any style or genre! This course focuses on the core elements that make San Francisco-style (Improv Playhouse, 3 For All, True Fiction Magazine, BATS, etc.) Long-Form successful—Ensemble, Narrative, Acting, and Genres/Characters/Wheres. This intensive is for both improvisers with previous experience who want to step up to the next level, and for improvisers who are just starting to do long-form stories. (Warning: this course may give you the desire to do long-form improv for the rest of your life).

Tim Orr
USA (San Fransisco)
Inbal Lori

"Create your own world" (1 day)

"What ever you or the scene needs is present on stage right now. As improvisers our imagination is working extra hours. Is not just about what we say or who we play, it’s also about where we are, what else is around us and how can we use it. This workshop will explore the ways to imagine and create the world you’re in. It will shift your focus into a wider perspective allowing you to be more spacious, detailed and inspired. See where you are and use it for the best of the scene!"

Inbal Lori
Israel
Franck Buzz

"Trust your impulses" (1 day)

"Our body knows. Every improviser has already felt this inner impulse pushing you on stage because it's «now». And we also know this little voice in our brain telling us just after the impulse: «are you sure ? is it a good idea ?». Inspired by techniques of other disciplines including dance, american native clowning, breathing and meditation, martial arts, Franck Buzz will help you connect more deeply with your body. You will learn to recognize these inner impulses and listen to them, trusting yourself, here and now. In that way, you will shut off your « clever » brain, releasing your spontaneity to play organically with more love and honesty. Are you ready to intuitively play impro with eyes closed (literally) ?"

Franck Buzz
France (Brest)
Jill Bernard

"Your Voice as an artist" (2 days)

"Not a traditional voice class, instead, we want to look at how you as a human being can create art that reflects what you want to say to the world. Of course we can do improv scenes about anything, but a playwright is able to choose their subject. This class guides you to examine what you really would like to improvise about. "

Jill Bernard
USA
 Heather Urquhart - Joe Samuel

"Improvised musical intensive" (3 days)

"Longform improvised musicals are one of the most intense, joyful and brave formats for an improviser. If you want to take your improv to the next level, this series of workshops will focus on intense listening, commitment and support as well as some technical skills useful for performing improvised musicals such as song structures and big group numbers. We will also look at handling narrative, singing songs that matter, lyrics and choreography. No previous experience of musicals required, just bring your heart and soul! "

Heather Urquhart - Joe Samuel
UK