In this improvisation course, you’ll have fun learning how to make up short comedy sketches on the spot. You’ll also get to play some of the hilarious Theatresports games made famous by the hit improv show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’.
Over seven weeks, you’ll learn ways to:
– Embrace failure
– Be in the moment
– Be a better listener
– “Yes, and?”(work with other ideas)
– Run with your first instinct
– Create whole comedy scenes from a small suggestion
– Be a supportive team player
– Connect with others
It doesn’t matter if you have previously performed or not, because we create a supportive and inclusive community in our classroom that feels safe and is loads of fun! Some people learn improv to become better at auditions or stand up comedy, while others learn improv to apply the techniques socially or at work. Whatever your reason for learning improv, we can guarantee* you’ll learn techniques that will increase your awareness and skills that could enhance other areas of your life.
There’s no preplanning or scripts—so get out of your head, be in the moment, and have some fun with us!
*not a real guarantee; just come along and give it a go!
The seven-week course runs for two and a half hours every Sunday from 1pm to 3.30pm AEST (Qld time) from 23 July until 3 September 2023.
The course takes place on the Queensland/NSW border at the CWA hall 169 Griffith St, Coolangatta. The venue is wheelchair friendly.
ABOUT YOUR TEACHERS
Your teachers, Ben and Mandy, are well versed in many improv forms and formats. They have collectively performed close to improv shows to live audiences in Australia and internationally.
In her late teens, Mandy made her professional stage debut in the musical HAIR while studying theatre at university. After five years of performing and an attempt to introduce Theatresports to Thailand, Mandy segued into the corporate world but continued to perform improv on the side at comedy festivals and theatres in Brisbane including the Brisbane Comedy Festival (2018), Anywhere Theatre Festival (2017 & 2021), Bris Funny Fest (2019), and Brisbane Improv Festival (2021 & 2022).
As the former physicality director for Queensland’s only improvised comedy musical theatre troupe, she has trained other improvisers in various techniques as well as run improv jams at Big Fork Theatre. She has been invited twice to join exclusive performing arts’ panellists to speak about the lack of diversity in the Queensland improvised comedy scene, and how it impacts the audience and performers’ experience. Mandy loves miniature pigs and slip ‘n’ slides.
“One of the things I love about improv is it has helped me to be better at accepting and working with people’s ideas at work.” — Mandy
Ben Keane is an electronic engineer by day and improviser by night and weekend who has regularly graced the stage since 2017. Ben created and co-directed an award winning improvised sci-fi comedy at the Brisbane Planetarium in 2018, and created, directed and performed in Real Live Fake News at the Brisbane ABC studios in 2019 during the Anywhere Theatre Festival. Ben has performed in the Brisbane Comedy Festival with Big Fork Theatre’s Cool Story Bro in 2018, ImproMafia’s Theatresports in 2019, Big Fork Theatre’s Sing-A-Long in 2020, and Chris Martin’s Stand-Up vs Improviser 2022. Ben has even performed in improv shows in Canberra and Wellington, New Zealand. Ben has run improv jams, taught improv classes in Brisbane with Big Fork Theatre, and taught a special one-off workshop in Wellington at the New Zealand Improv Festival. He is father to two cats, Gypsy and Sprocket, and likes putting milo on ice cream. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and password is password123.
“Improv has given me the creative outlet I was searching for and brings as much joy to my life as jumping in the ocean.” — Ben