Improvisation Academy

Improvisation Academy | Member since November 2013 | London, United Kingdom

* Do you want to learn to use the improv skills that The Comedy Store Players use to make up their shows?

* Would you like to be more spontaneous
and develop your character on the stage of life?

* Do you enjoy meeting like-minded people to develop your confidence and creativity in a sociable environment?

Our aim is to reach people who may not yet have thought about improvisation as a set of skills for life. Perhaps you’ve been impressed when watching comedy improvisation on stage or television.

Those performers are applying various principles and techniques in order to create spontaneous entertainment. They are collaborating in intricate team-work, with awesome creativity, while dealing moment-by-moment with the intense pressure of producing an end product of high-quality for their audience.

All those skills are useful in many settings beyond the stage or screen. And they are all teachable, step-by-step to anyone who is willing to learn. After all, our lives are for the most part unscripted. We all make up stuff as we go along. At the Academy we put a framework and vocabulary to those abilities, encouraging you to access more of your resources.

Our first job is to teach those skills. The focus is on how you can apply the skills for your personal and professional development.

We’ll be teaching in the tradition of Keith Johnstone and Viola Spolin. That means an experiential approach in which you learn in a safe environment. There’s clear explanations and purpose to every activity, with time for questioning, reflection and discussion. You don’t have to be funny, though the classes are almost always fun. We’re not training you to perform on stage, but to perform better in life.

Our vision says our classes ‘will be of the highest standard’, so we want the best faculty we can find. The first group of tutors are Paul Z Jackson, Neil Mullarkey and Lee Simpson.

You will then be able to apply your learning to some (or all) of the following:

* Personal development: * Feeling more confident * Accessing more of your creativity

* Professional development: * Thinking faster on your feet * Working more effectively in teams

* Artistic development: * Creating characters * Getting your writing going

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