Impro Melbourne Workshops
Impro Melbourne is Victoria’s internationally renowned, longest-running, award-winning professional improvised theatre company, producing shows and public improvisation workshops.
Impro Melbourne hosts four regular workshops at the Abbotsford Convent, Spontaneity with Rik Brown, Spontaneity with Katherine Weaver, Narrative Technique with Amy Moule and Performance Series with Jenny Lovell.
Spontaneity: Spontaneity is an introduction to the skills, language, theory and concepts of improvisation explored through the use of games, exercises and discussion in a safe, firendly and playful atmosphere.
Students learn to:
- Relax and allow creative ideas to flow
- Trust their creative impulses
- Be present in the moment
- Form good listening skills
- Work collaboratively with others
- Understand and identify imro terms.
This course is the mandatory first course of Impro Melbourne workshop program, but requires no prior improvisation or performance experience.
Narrative Technique: Narrative Technique teaches how to create an improvised story without any planning. It's freeform creative writing, on your feet. We build on the improvisation skills you learned in Spontaneity and introduce you to new vocabulary and skills to begin building narratives.
Students learn to
- Make bold offers
- Identify the different types of offers made in scenes
- Build their listening and observational skills
- Take creative fearless leaps
- Identify the 'story' offer
- Understand and identify the impro terms hedging, cancelling, and side-tracking.
The course is designed to revisit and strengthen skills, games and exercises from Spontaneity and introduce new material specific to Narrative Technique.
Performance Series: Performance Series is an in-depth and creatively challenging workshop experience. Over 9 weeks students will be introduced to, develop, rehearse and perform an improvised show! The course is designed to challenge students in performance skills, improvisation technique and various aspects of creating and performing an improvised format. Each Term offers a different Format. The formats have been selected to target different skill areas and provide a diverse and dynamic experience to the student.
- Performance technique - confidence, relaxed energy, voice
- Stage Craft
- What is the point and promise of a format for an audience
- Shaping a performance
- How to serve the scene and the overall story through character
- Improvisation skill enhancement and development
This course requires prerequisite skills with Impro Melbourne’s Spontaneity, Narrative Technique, Character and Scene work courses or similar training at the discretion of the course instructor.
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