“The thing I love about the way Jason teaches improv is that his own love, care and curiosity for improv come shining through in the way he works with students. He is always exploring, thinking and trying new things but building on the base of a deep and nuanced understanding of the form that makes journeying with him a mind and heart expanding pleasure.” – Christine Brooks – Co Director of The New Zealand Impro Festival. (NZIF)
Remember that rehearsal when it went ‘wrong’ but felt right? The edge-of-the-precipice adrenalin, the rollercoaster recovery, the injection of fresh energy and meaning into the work…this is the magic of Improvisation.
Does the thought of being without a script make you sweat?
Improv is an essential skill for actors, but it can feel intimidating if you are used to working within the confines of scripted film or theatre. Improv for Actors will revive, sharpen or add the crucial tools of improv to your skill set.
Whether it’s something you’ve never done, just let that muscle atrophy, or need to shake off those dusty skills, this course is for you.
Over 4 weeks you will dig into the basics of sound improv practice, in order to get the most out of your ensemble and individual performance. Get the inside scoop on when and how to break ’the rules’, work the improv muscle to develop great work, nail auditions and hold your own on the floor.
Deepen your understanding of improvisation from the very basics to enhancing your scripted character’s development. Good improv is about connection, understanding and empathy, not just being funny. Many actors are put off by the comedy-heavy reputation of improv, while we will be exploring facets of this style, this course is geared to help you to be able to approach improv without feeling intimidated.
Confidence and imagination books jobs. Casting briefs will often state, ‘must be strong with improv’, so why not make improv an ally for life?
Join legendary improv teacher Jason Geary for 4 weeks of electrifying, skills-based work and never be afraid of “going off script” again!
Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discourse and floor work.
The floor work will involve group exercises – for both the whole group and in small groups – and masterclass scene work.
There is minimal preparation for this class, so you will be expected to participate in all facets with courage and openness.
Improv builds the kind of courage and confidence transferable to everyday life.
You will learn and experience the power of the improvised moment, walking away with a skill set that can help in content creation, writing, group-devised work, ensemble practice and a new acting technique to dip your feet into.
“I want nothing more than for you to succeed, so together we can overcome any fear you bring into the room and create together. All you have to do is be willing to take that first step!” – Jason Geary