Improv school

IMPROV SCHOOL

We are so glad that we can see you in real life again! Being able to work again! Not yet in our class rooms at ETI (they will remain empty), but outside, in the outdoors. We will look for fitting places in our beautiful city and play there with you. With distance, fun and joy for life. Indoors, we will continue from our living rooms: we have again asked colleagues from all over the world to give you impro classes via zoom. Our summer classes will start at the end of June. More info coming soon.

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.

Summer party on 16 June, 3:30 pm at the Ratibor
Play and eat
Come around! We're looking forward to you!

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!

Taster Weekends

Class description

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

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Beginners

Class description

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

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

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!

29.06. - 03.08.2020 English Online Class: Mondays 18:00-19:30 Beginners / Advanced with Lee (6x)
with Lee
6x Mondays, 29.06.-03.08. from 18:00-19:30
Online
89€
Max. 10 part.

If you have taken one or more Advanced impro classes in real /non-virtual life before, or at least a Beginners class, this is for you.
And this is what you can expect: Everyone is at their place. The computer/laptop is charged. Internet connection stable. You have some space around you, light, so the others can see you. Nobody at home to interrupt you in the next 1,5 hours. Webcam, microphone and speaker of your computer are activated and then you click on the link, which we will send you. The first time when you do that, you'll have to download and install the software that pops up automatically (its really simple!) and then you automatically see yourself, your instructor and classmates. In the beginning you will learn the possibilities of playing online, the tech etc, and then you'll dive right into the playing, improvising, being present and with each other. Stories develop, imaginary places, characters, delightful playing. 90 minutes of diving into the impro world to come back out refreshed. Until next time.
03.07. - 07.08.2020 English Outdoor Class: Fridays 19:00-21:00 Beginners / Advanced with Inbal (6x)
with Inbal
6x Fridays, 3.7.-7.8. from 19:00-21:00
Meeting point: Treptower Park, S-Bahn station Treptower Park
120€
Max. 12 part.
Possible replacement date for classes cancelled due to bad weather: 1./2.8

Who am I in this forest!?
Our stage is going to be Treptower Park! Our scenes are going to happen in the woods. I want to invite you to take part in this special adventure to explore nature through improvisation. I would like us to experiment with characters, locations, stage pictures and more. I would like us to use our senses to become more alive, alert and free. Let's play hippies, pixies, queens and kings or whatever it is we’re inspired to in that location. This will be a great opportunity to learn how to project our performance when we’re outside. We’re gonna have a lot of fun out there!

Our new Outdoor Classes are comparable to the currently allowed outdoor sports classes: With distancing, outside, with movement, fun and finally live and direct. Our instructors have chosen nice green spots in our city, where you can improvise together. While minding the necessary physical distance, this will be possible without a face mask. We will also make sure that there are bathrooms available nearby. Since the outdoor activities will depend on weather conditions, we have allotted a possible later date to make up for cancelled classes. On days with bad weather, the instructor would then get in touch with you via SMS / Whatsapp to cancel and then reschedule on the given extra date. With registering for the class, you accept that this communication will be handled by using your cell phone number.

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.

03.07. - 07.08.2020 English Online Class: Fridays 20:00-21:30 Advanced „Creating Great Scenes and Scene Beginnings“ with Randy (6x)
with Randy Dixon
6x Fridays, 03.7.-07.08. from 20:00-21:30
Online
89 €
Max. 8 part.

Creating Great Scenes and Scene Beginnings
“First sentences are the doors to worlds” - Ursula K. Le Guin

As we begin each scene it must begin with importance. An offer that when given stakes and weight can carry you to the end. Within the first five lines of every scene, we should have unlocked the offers that will carry us to the end. This workshop will work identifying those offers and how to expand on what we have rather than advancing to the next plot point.

And this is what you can expect: Everyone is at their place. The computer/laptop is charged. Internet connection stable. You have some space around you, light, so the others can see you. Nobody at home to interrupt you in the next 1,5 hours. Webcam, microphone and speaker of your computer are activated and then you click on the link, which we will send you. The first time when you do that, you'll have to download and install the software that pops up automatically (its really simple!) and then you automatically see yourself, your instructor and classmates. In the beginning you will learn the possibilities of playing online, the tech etc, and then you'll dive right into the playing, improvising, being present and with each other. Stories develop, imaginary places, characters, delightful playing. 90 minutes of diving into the impro world to come back out refreshed. Until next time.

Stage Class

Class description

On the last workshop day the whole class plays a show at the Ratibor Theater supported by their instructor. That's why in class you intensively practise acting and editing techniques, communication with the audience, and how you can support the other performers from off-stage. After the show there will be a final feedback meeting. And then you are ready for the next level: Impro4ever. 

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!

 

30.06. - 04.08.2020 English Online Class: Tuesdays 20:00-21:30 Impro4ever „Acting for Improvisers“ with Inbal (6x)
with Inbal
6x Tuesdays, 30.06.-04.08. from 20:00-21:30
Online
89€
Max. 8 part.

Acting for improvisers
In these 6 online sessions, I want to introduce you to some powerful and effective tools from the acting world which will sharpen your performance skills. We will work with objective, obstacles, subtext, emotions and stage/ screen presence. Methods will include monologues, dialogues, improvised and some scripted scenes. You will be supported as a group and as individuals, so you will be able to improvise from a place of commitment, honesty, courage and presence.
And this is what you can expect: Everyone is at their place. The computer/laptop is charged. Internet connection stable. You have some space around you, light, so the others can see you. Nobody at home to interrupt you in the next 1,5 hours. Webcam, microphone and speaker of your computer are activated and then you click on the link, which we will send you. The first time when you do that, you'll have to download and install the software that pops up automatically (its really simple!) and then you automatically see yourself, your instructor and classmates. In the beginning you will learn the possibilities of playing online, the tech etc, and then you'll dive right into the playing, improvising, being present and with each other. Stories develop, imaginary places, characters, delightful playing. 90 minutes of diving into the impro world to come back out refreshed. Until next time.
01.07. - 05.08.2020 English Online Class: Wednesdays 20:00-21:30 Impro4ever „Slow Ride“ with Lee (6x)
with Lee
6x Wednesdays, 01.07.-05.08. from 20:00-21:30
Online
89€
Max. 8 part.

Slow Ride
So much stuff goes on in our head while we’re trying to survive the scene. So much so, that we often feel disconnected as soon as the scene is over. Take it easy.
Let’s slow down. Calm the mind. Let’s follow our partner and find the tempo and rhythm that fits. Less is more. We just got to train your brain to trust it.
And this is what you can expect: Everyone is at their place. The computer/laptop is charged. Internet connection stable. You have some space around you, light, so the others can see you. Nobody at home to interrupt you in the next 1,5 hours. Webcam, microphone and speaker of your computer are activated and then you click on the link, which we will send you. The first time when you do that, you'll have to download and install the software that pops up automatically (its really simple!) and then you automatically see yourself, your instructor and classmates. In the beginning you will learn the possibilities of playing online, the tech etc, and then you'll dive right into the playing, improvising, being present and with each other. Stories develop, imaginary places, characters, delightful playing. 90 minutes of diving into the impro world to come back out refreshed. Until next time.
02.07. - 06.08.2020 English Online Class: Thursdays 18:00-19:30 Impro4ever „Monologues“ with Inbal (6x)
with Inbal
6x Thursdays, 02.07.-06.08. from 18:00-19:30
Online
89€
Max. 8 part.

Monologues
Let's use the fact that we are playing in front of a camera to a screen. Let's literally play to this screen. Let's be characters with the need to talk to someone, about something through a camera. Let's use this opportunity and medium to learn how to play powerful, effective monologues. Let's be specific, focused, touching, funny and courageous!
In these 6 sessions I would like for us to use the medium of the screen to create individual improvised moments for you, with wonderful performance quality, through character work boosted with acting skills.
And this is what you can expect: Everyone is at their place. The computer/laptop is charged. Internet connection stable. You have some space around you, light, so the others can see you. Nobody at home to interrupt you in the next 1,5 hours. Webcam, microphone and speaker of your computer are activated and then you click on the link, which we will send you. The first time when you do that, you'll have to download and install the software that pops up automatically (its really simple!) and then you automatically see yourself, your instructor and classmates. In the beginning you will learn the possibilities of playing online, the tech etc, and then you'll dive right into the playing, improvising, being present and with each other. Stories develop, imaginary places, characters, delightful playing. 90 minutes of diving into the impro world to come back out refreshed. Until next time.
10.08. - 14.08.2020 English Intensive Online Class: One week, Mo-Fr 10.-14. August, 20:00-21:30 Impro4ever „Narration“ with Lee (5 day intensive)
with Lee
5x in the week of Mo, 10.8. - Fri, 14.8. daily from 20:00-21:30
Online
74 €
Max. 8 part.

Another look at narration
We all narrate at some point. Seems easy enough - but is it?
Let’s take a deeper look at this amazing theatrical tool. We will explore how to narrate and still share the inspiration/scenes with your partner. Through the course of the class, we will learn when to use narration to fill in what’s missing.
An intensive workshop designed for the improviser who wants to challenge their narrative and listening skills and study how to balance leading and following through narration. These online classes give us a great opportunity to explore and strengthen this muscle.

And this is what you can expect: Everyone is at their place. The computer/laptop is charged. Internet connection stable. You have some space around you, light, so the others can see you. Nobody at home to interrupt you in the next 1,5 hours. Webcam, microphone and speaker of your computer are activated and then you click on the link, which we will send you. The first time when you do that, you'll have to download and install the software that pops up automatically (its really simple!) and then you automatically see yourself, your instructor and classmates. In the beginning you will learn the possibilities of playing online, the tech etc, and then you'll dive right into the playing, improvising, being present and with each other. Stories develop, imaginary places, characters, delightful playing. 90 minutes of diving into the impro world to come back out refreshed. Until next time.

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Performer

Class description

You have been playing in an improv-group for at least two years, getting continuous stage-experience outside of the improv school.
Now make yourself and your partners on stage the gift of further professional training. After all, it`s more fun to play with someone who is inspiring, precise and daring. If you feel that you could expand your limits, that it would be good to have a professional take a look at your improv skills and give you hints for your next steps, come on over: get new input and inspiration, enjoy to be the inspiration for others - welcome to the performer class!

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.
 
The current workshop dates are here available as download.