IMPROV' WORKSHOPS - The Courtyard Playhouse The Courtyard Playhouse

IMPROV’ WORKSHOPS

IMPROV FOR ADULTS SPRING 2019

 

INTENSIVE WITH DEREK AND MICHI FLORES - CHARACTER
1st March - 18th March |
Fridays 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fees: 1 130 AED (Three 3 hour sessions + Showcase)

 

INTENSIVE WITH NANCY AND MARSHALL - MUSICAL IMPROV
5th of March | Tuesday
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Fees: 450 AED (One 3 hour sessions)

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

We are proud to announce our Guest Instructors for Spring 2019 will be Derek and Michi Flores from New Zealand. Derek and Michi will be teaching the Storytelling and Spirit workshops respectively.

Inspired by masters such as Groucho Marx and Bugs Bunny, Derek has pursued a life in comic theatre. At a young age, he was introduced to the teachings of Keith Johnstone which saw him through a life as a street performer and cabaret act throughout festivals around the world. Eventually finding himself on the mainstage at The Second City Toronto and sharing the stage with Colin Mochrie and Robin Williams.

Michi graduated from Gastown Actors’ Studio in Vancouver, B.C. and The Second City Conservatory in Toronto. While living in London she spent a year training with clown teacher Philippe Gaulier and was fortunate to also study with Improbable Theatre, Keith Johnstone, Theatre De Complicite, Told By An Idiot, and Angela De Castro.

DON'T PANIC!

- AN INTRO TO IMPROV'

Dip your toes into the fun, interesting and exciting waters of improvisation. Meet others who want to try something new. DON’T PANIC is the introduction Improvisation course that will calm your fears, make you laugh and show you that there’s more to improvisation than what you might expect (it’s easier than you might expect and less pressure than you imagine). This course is great for people who love to be on stage and want to learn the core elements of improvised theatre, or for business people learning to feel comfortable with public speaking, or anyone who wants to have fun while learning to be more spontaneous, creative, playful, open and aware. Follow up this section with the PLATFORM & SPIRIT  section.

SPIRIT

Are you developing a growing appetite for improvisation? SPIRIT is a course of improv' training that you will keep coming back to.  Always something new, SPIRIT will push your skills and help you develop beyond the level you are currently exploring.  There will be balanced components of games, narrative, character,  theory, practice, play and personal development aiming you towards stage performance. This section of improv' training will adapt to the needs of the class and is geared to those who have explored the introduction course, “DON’T PANIC!”

STORYTELLING

This workshop will concentrate on the important element of Story.  The Story is everything.  As with the SPIRIT section of the Playhouse Improv’ classes, there will still be games and character but the focus will always direct the attention to engaging the audience into the meat of the improvisation – story.  We will explore various techniques and formats that bring the audience to the edge of their seats in laughter, fear, expectation and anticipation.

This section of improv’ can be explored after the course, “SPIRIT”.