Improv school

IMPROV SCHOOL

About Improv School

Improv is good for your heart, risible muscle and all senses. It sharpens your perception and respect. It is about playing, following, leading, letting go and fooling around. Improv gives energy, makes you feel good and it makes you smart.

Corona

We ask you to show up negatively tested on all course days. We will not control this, nor is it required by law at this time. Please do this anyway for all of us who don't want/need to get sick now, for a safer feeling in our courses and also for us who want to keep the improv school going.

 

Levels

When you decide to get deeper into improvising after a taster weekend, you can start as a Beginner and continue as an Advanced. We recommend two Beginner's and two Advanced classes before moving on to the Stage Class. But ultimately, its your decision for how long you want to participate in each level. Please notice, that you can attend Stage Class only once. If you want to continue improvising after Stage Class the Impro4ever-Classes with different improv topics are open to you. At the Impro Sessions you have the chance to perform in front of the audience. Maybe you also find companions at the workshops to find your own improv ensemble ... If you are already playing in an improv group but still want to improve your skills, just take part in our Performer Classes.

No matter what level you are improvising in, we look forward to you and wish you a lot of joy, fun and courage!

To Try Out

Class description

Curious to see what improv's all about? Try it! If you want, you can continue with a beginner's class afterwards.

11.02. + 12.02.2023 English Taster Weekend February with Lee
with Lee
Saturday + Sunday, 11+12 Feb, 2023
1 to 5 P.M.
EUR 98,00
sign in until 1 Feb, 2023
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

Want to try something new, fun and spontaneous? Why not join our Taster Weekend Class? Come and get a feel for what an improv class is like, meet some new people and challenge yourself to live in the moment. Play some games and exercises to get an inside glimpse of how we practice and train to tell stories and enjoy each moment with your scene partners. Take the chance and discover your spontaneous side. Improviser Lee White guides you through the class with his over 30 years of experience.

Beginners

Class description

After participating in a Taster Weekend (required), you're learning the basic skills of good improvisation. Each instructor defines these a little differenty. But we all agree: different ideas are the salt in the improv-soup. Playfulness, courage and mindfulness are the most important ingredients. We recommend two consecutive classes in the beginner's level before you move on to the next level. Because practice makes perfect.

09.01. - 27.02.2023 English Evening Class Beginners Monday with Inbal and Lee
with Inbal and Lee
Monday, 9 January to 27 February, 2023
7.30-10.00 P.M.
€ 189,-
sign in until: 28 December, 2022
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

Improvised theatre is fun and exciting. Why not try it yourself?
You don’t need to be an actor or have any improv skills, because our class is designed to give you the confidence to play. We teach you the fundamental philosophy of improv. A great introduction, refresher or continuation to the joys of being spontaneous. Meet new people and have some laughs while playing scenes and games to get you more comfortable being in the moment.

21.01. + 22.01.2023 English Beginner Weekend January with Lee
with Lee
Saturday+Sunday, 21+22 Jan, 2023
1 to 5 P.M.
€ 98,-
Sign in until: 10 Jan, 2023
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

Crash Course for Beginners
So you are new to improv and once you got that first taste you realize you need more. This two day session will give you some fun skills to survive any scene. Learn to listen to your partner and make them shine. Find some new ways to heighten your improv tools. A packed weekend of improv fun. Instructed by Lee White. He has been performing improv on stage since 1992. Since then he has traveled the world teaching, performing and learning.

Beginners / Advanced

Class description

These mixed courses are for both absolute beginners and experienced students. After all, it’s all about playing with each other!
If this is your first time improvising, let the buffs pull you along and show you the ropes. As for all you experienced players - you’ll benefit from remembering the basics of improv, and the ‘newbies' might even breathe some new life into your performance! Have fun!

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Advanced

Class description

You understood the improv-basics, laughed a lot and sometimes quarreled with yourself. You are now standing at the threshold to the next step. And that is continuous rehearsing. In some (marked) courses of this level there is an improv musician teaching every now and then, that you can learn how music guides you through a scene. Practice in this level as long as you need to feel ready for Stage Class.

10.01. - 28.02.2023 English Evening Class Advanced Tuesday with Lee
with Lee
Tuesday, 10 Jan, 2023 - 28 Feb, 2023 (8 evenings)
7.30 P.M. - 10.00 P.M.
€ 189,-
Sign in until: 30 Dec, 2022
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

It's time to take your improv to new heights! This course is designed to give you insight into building strong scenes and characters. Get new inspiration into the philosophy and strategies improv uses to make stories come alive and affect the audience. Every improviser is at different places in their journey with improv. Let’s focus on what you need to improve and shine in your work while strengthening the skill you already possess.
Instructed by Lee White, a professional improviser with over 30 years of experience, he will help you take your next steps on the improv path.

06.03. - 15.05.2023 Special: English/german Evening class Advanced Monday "Action Theater™" with Sten Rudstrøm
with Sten Rudstrøm
Montag, 6 March to 15 May, 2023 (without 3/27; 4/10; 5/1)
7.30 - 10.00 P.M.
€ 189,-
sign in until: 24 february, 2023
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

Some of us Gorillas were lucky to meet Ruth Zaporah, the founder of Action Theater, at a festival in Seattle in 2001. It really flashed us! It brings impro back to the body, and since the head is a part of it, it has a lot of things to do. Many improv players from the international scene have tried their hand at this particular form of improv and, like us, are thrilled. Here is THE one to try it with in Germany: Sten Rudstrøm, because he is trained by R. Zaporah and he is a fantastic teacher. He has been living in Berlin for a long time, speaks English in class, but can always translate if needed. He writes that:
ACTION THEATER™ is an approach to body-oriented theater improvisation that is both a training method and an artistic practice. It integrates body and mind and encourages spontaneous and conscious expression.
In Action Theater™ the improviser follows the changing content of his/her own imagination and responds to it through physical, vocal and/or linguistic actions.
Action Theater™ is not a technique, but a map, a way of encountering the many phenomena that rise into our consciousness. The improvisation exercises are simple, playful and challenging. You expand your ability to be in the moment, the analytical mind comes to rest. You awaken your perception, feelings, thoughts, memories, imagination and intuition and can incorporate them into your expression. Playfully you gain new insights of yourself. The exercises illuminate the relationship between intention, consciousness and action and activate mind and heart.

10.03. - 12.03.2023 BIF-Days: Play Time!
With Sara Šoukal

Friday, March 10th - Sunday, March 12th, 2023
Location: Jugendkulturzentrum Pumpe, Lützowstraße 42, 10785 Berlin
Registration fee: 269 € (Early Bird until Dec 31st 2022.: 239 €)

Whether you are experienced or a beginner, the search for the right amount of playfulness is always present on stage. How to be playful and not get lost while improvising a scene? How to stay on track like a train and still be light as a feather? In this workshop we will research our own playfulness and how we can share it with the group on stage. We will strive to find group play instead of inventing it and we will first and foremost PLAY!
Sara is a well-seasoned actress and theatrical pedagogue, who is the most active in the field of theatrical improvisation. Her impro aesthetic is poetic, dream-like and full of details. Lately, she has been setting her foot in other performative fields with great joy and interest. She has been flirting with devised theater, contemporary dance and object theater. She is one of the most active and prominent improvisers in Slovenia, working also abroad, in many impro collectives, theatres and associations. Sara also taught and/or performed in: Seattle, Uppsala, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Dublin, Budapest, Leuven,Paris, Strasbourg, Graz, Bydgoszcz and Würzburg.

One of the main missions of The International Festival for Improvisational Theatre Berlin, IMPRO, has always been to be an artistic torchbearer in the world of improvisational theatre. It would not only bring the best that the impro world could offer at that moment to Berlin, but also challenge the artists to find new ideas, formats and expressions, so that the collective impro brain trust of this globe can keep growing. A great way to do that is to disperse knowledge - so to not only have artists perform and be great at their craft for the audience, but also learn from their peers and teach others. We wish to go beyond just the practice of improvisation and also create space for thinking and discussing impro. That’s why some time ago we created the BIF (Berlin Improfestival Program) program - a unique plan for improvisers of different experience levels, where you not only learn from the masters through a workshop system, but also get to see the inner workings of how to do great impro facilitated through presentations, discussions and shows of the festival – included in the price of the program!


The programs involve 11 hours of workshops, tickets to 3 shows of IMPRO 2023 and 2 impro jams.

Friday, March 10th: 11am - 3pm
Saturday, March 11th: 11am - 3pm
Sunday, March 12nd: 12am - 3pm

Acting classes for improv enthusiasts

Class description

Impro is a craft, so is acting. Getting to grips with both broadens your view of characters and scenes. And it's fun, too. Try it out!

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Impro4ever

Class description

The motto for this level is: do what interests you, what takes you further and makes you happy. Acting, dramaturgy, long form ... Here you can dive deeper into improv. Either you take long term classes over a few months or short courses on a special topic every once in a while. In some (marked) courses there will not always be an instructor around, because improv also is self-organisation. If you want to play: Impro-Sessions are open to all students of this level. The stage at Ratibor Theater is yours for this night. Enjoy!

 

13.01. - 03.03.2023 English afternoon class Impro4ever Friday »DEEP DREAM« with Inbal
with Inbal
Friday, 13 Jan, 2023 - 3 Mar, 2023 (8 afternoons)
3.00 P.M. - 5.00 P.M.
€ 169,-
Sign in until 3 Jan, 2023
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

»Deep dream« is a format in which storytelling inspires bodies, and body language creates worlds. The stage is an imaginary border between sleep and wakefulness, where pictures appear and fade, stories are born and develop, and the audience gets a peek at a visual fantasy led by charismatic storytelling.

The workshop will be focusing on the following tools:
• Storytelling with body language and monologues
• Space and misancene work - creating space. Creating worlds.
• Working with personal dreams, fears and fantasies.
• Rhythm, intensity, beat in scene work.
• The relationship and balance between words and silence.
• An ensemble work that emphasizes on the magic that improvisation has to offer.
• The freedom of the improviser to dream while creating.

10.03. - 12.03.2023 BIF-Days: Hard Topics
With Ashawnti Ford and John Gebratatose

Friday March 10th - Sunday March 12th, 2023
Location: Jugendkulturzentrum Pumpe, Lützowstraße 42, 10785 Berlin
Registration fee: 269 € (Early Bird until Dec 31st, 2022.: 239 €)

This workshop will highlight what happens to us as performers when a scene becomes scary, offensive, or insensitive, and we freeze or lose ourselves. We explore some approaches to get the agency back when we find ourselves somewhere uncomfortable, tools for improvising mindfully and finding a proactive voice for you and your show. We will learn the swag-hat format. A living room-style discussion, and then we perform scenes inspired by the conversation.

John has traveled the world performing and directing impro along with teaching workshops and producing shows, all the while making impro inclusive and welcoming to all people, especially the underrepresented folks. He is a founding member of one of the hottest new impro groups, Blackout. He is the co-creator of the Black and Funny Improv Festival which started in Minneapolis and now has chapters all over the US and Canada. Ashawnti has creative roots in the Twin Cities as the daughter of two Twin Cities artists, her father a rapper and mother a spoken word poet. Raised with the richness of Black artistic expression and creativity, it was a natural path for her to become an actress, improviser, director, playwright, arts educator, cultural producer. Her work has always centered around social justice, youth empowerment and arts accessibility. She is the co-founder of the Black Ensemble Players.

Trigger and content warning: this is a class on scenes when you find yourself dealing with topics of race or socially and politically charged situations - which means it will include discussions and scenes dealing with race, gender* and other very personally sensitive areas and how to move forward thoughtfully, respectfully and meaningfully when you find yourself there.

One of the main missions of The International Festival for Improvisational Theatre Berlin, IMPRO, has always been to be an artistic torchbearer in the world of improvisational theatre. It would not only bring the best that the impro world could offer at that moment to Berlin, but also challenge the artists to find new ideas, formats and expressions, so that the collective impro brain trust of this globe can keep growing. A great way to do that is to disperse knowledge - so to not only have artists perform and be great at their craft for the audience, but also learn from their peers and teach others. We wish to go beyond just the practice of improvisation and also create space for thinking and discussing impro. That’s why some time ago we created the BIF (Berlin Improfestival Program) program - a unique plan for improvisers of different experience levels, where you not only learn from the masters through a workshop system, but also get to see the inner workings of how to do great impro facilitated through presentations, discussions and shows of the festival – included in the price of the program!

The programs involve 11 hours of workshops, tickets to 3 shows of IMPRO 2023 and 2 impro jams.

Friday, March 10th: 11am - 3pm
Saturday, March 11th: 11am - 3pm
Sunday, March 12nd: 12am - 3pm

Specials - Therapists

Class Description

Here we bring the principles of improv theater from the stage back to life: how things develop, what happens when things change, what to do when things stagnate ... To what extent you need previous improv experience, please refer to the respective course description.

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Info

New courses start in January, March, May, after summer break and in October/November.
 
The following conditions apply for our courses.
The application conditions for festival courses and workshop trips you will find in the according description.
 
Vouchers for workshops you get here.