Inside Long Form Improvisation course – starts February 2014

COURSE: Inside Long Form Improvisation
WHEN: Monday evenings 10 Feb 2014 through to 31 Mar 2014 inclusive (8 weeks).
COST: $185 INC GST
LOCATION: Inner west of Sydney, Australia
TEACHER: Richard Bennett

What will it cover?

This fun and information rich course will: provide you with a more grounded and holistic approach to long form improvisation than is taught elsewhere; introduce and experiment with the core principles of the various styles of long form improvisation (many of which aren’t taught in Sydney); identify and help you unlearn incorrect techniques that you may have learnt in other workshops/courses and that are most likely holding you back; and will spend a lot of time improvising and perfecting scene work. Whatever your skill level or experience, you will definitely learn something, and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process. There will also be an opportunity to form an ongoing performance troupe once the course is completed.

The class size will be small, and the course will be adapted to the skill levels of the participants. A minimum level of actor improvisation training or impro/improv experience is required, roughly equivalent to the first level of Impro Australia’s long form impro course (so go do that now, and tell them I sent you!). This course does not replace or compete with Impro Australia’s long form impro courses, but dives deeper into long form improv techniques, including those not regularly taught in Australia, and Richard’s own long form philosophy.

A few selected testimonials

“I’ve been to second city, I’ve had a lot of training. I rate Richard as one of the best coaches I’ve had” – Brett Jacobs

“Richard’s easy and thoughtful teaching style encourages participants to explore Chicago Longform Improvisation in a very meaningful, fun and productive way” – Anne McGrath

“Richard’s coaching helped me realise that there are offers happening every second in a scene” – Seamus McAlary

Improv for Actors – starts Oct 9

Improv for ActorsOur new Improv for Actors course is a 7-week intensive designed with actors in mind.  This course will provide you with invaluable tools that you can use in auditions, rehearsal, and performance.

With more and more directors and casting agents throwing improv into the audition mix, you can’t afford to be caught out.  Being able to improvise may be the difference between getting that role, and hearing an indifferent “Next!”.  So be prepared, to be unprepared!

Inside Long Form Improvisation

We’re excited to pre-announce that we’ll be running a long form improvisation course this coming August/September 2013, titled “Inside Long Form Improvisation”, in response to requests by participants in our recent seminars and workshops. It will consist of 8 classes, one night per week for 8 weeks, and includes a public stage performance by the class and ongoing performance opportunities after successfully completing the course.

What will it cover?

Following on from our seminars and workshops, this course will: provide you with a more grounded and holistic approach to long form improvisation;  highlight and experiment with the core principles of the various styles of long form improvisation; identify and help you unlearn conflicting techniques that may be holding you back; and will spend a lot of time actually improvising and perfecting scene work. Whatever your skill level or experience, you will definitely learn something. There will also be the potential for forming an ongoing performance troupe once the course is completed.

The class size will be small by design, and the course will be adapted to the skill levels of the participants. A minimum level of improvisation experience is required, roughly equivalent to the first two levels of Impro Australia’s long form impro course (so go do those now, and tell them I sent you!). This course is not designed to replace or compete with Impro Australia’s long form courses, but to dive deeper into long form techniques, including various Chicago styles and my own long form philosophy. Some acting experience or actor training is preferred, but is not required.

What’s the cost?

The cost of the course will be determined by the class size and rehearsal space availability. i.e. it will be cheap by comparison to other courses of similar length, as the goal is to improve the quality of long form improvisation in Sydney, not to turn a profit.

How do I enrol?

We’re now accepting applications of interest. If you’re interested in the course, just send us a message now, stating why you would like to do it, and your improvisation and acting experience. You’ll go onto a priority list for when the course is locked in with the dates, location and cost. By contacting us now, that doesn’t mean you have to or will be able to do the course, just that you’ll be given priority when it is officially announced.