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Tutors

Charlie Sturgeon

Charlie Sturgeon

“Charlie is stupidly talented—quick, smart, with acting chops and an infectious joy. He’s a pleasure to workshop with and super fun to play with.” – Cale Bain, Artistic Director of Improv Theatre Sydney, Improv Director for Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia


The Herald Sun called Charlie a ‘master improvisor…a leading force in Melbourne’s improvised comedy world’.
Charlie has been a professional improvisor since 2010, performing with The Big HOO-HAA!, The Improv Conspiracy, Impro Melbourne, Impromptunes and Handcrafted Theatre as well as guest appearances with improv companies across Australia.
His acclaimed deaf and HOH-friendly show, Quiet Achievers: Completely Silent Improvisation has played all over Melbourne in different venues and festivals including; Federation Square, White Night Melbourne, Chapel Off Chapel, TEDxColes, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Charlie has trained in the work of master teachers Keith Johnstone, Del Close, Philippe Gaulier, École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and PEM Technique.
Charlie has been teaching improvisation since 2012 at various institutions and theatre companies, The Improv Conspiracy, The National Institute of Dramatic Art, The Victorian School of Performing Arts, The Australian Shakespeare Company. He is also a highly esteemed private coach with a dedicated following.
“Charlie is a generous improvisor who is always plays for the good of the scene and his scene partner. He is funny, incisive and supportive. A true joy to improvise with. I’ll be his wingman anytime.” – Jason Geary, founding member and former Artistic Director, Impro Melbourne
Since graduating from 16th Street Actors Studio’s inaugural Part Time Program in 2011, Charlie has been a core ensemble member of the Australian Shakespeare Company performing an many of their productions from Henry IV part 1, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet to starring in A Midsummer Nights Dream, As You Like It and Twelfth Night.
In September 2017 Charlie begins the MA Acting (Classical) Programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
We are thrilled to welcome Charlie to the 16th Street faculty.

Philosophy

“Improvisation ia a joyfully complicit process of merging our seperate identities and the creativity in service of shared truth and the presently ever-unfolding moment. This is the essence of Del Close’s ‘group mind’ and ‘art by committee’, and Viola Spline’s intuitional notion to ‘follow the follower’ – a more nuanced concept than the commonly bandied about improvisation philosophy of ‘yes, and’. Ultimately it’s surrender, transcendence and liberty of the self – the deepest form of communication and change, which is through oneness.” – Charlie Sturgeon