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!

02.09. - 14.10.2020 English Evening class Beginners / Advanced Wednesday with Lee
with Lee
Wednesdays, 02.09.2020 - 14.10.2020
19.30 - 22.00 pm
€ 169,-
sign in until August 23rd 2020
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

The course is carried out in compliance with the currently applicable hygiene and distance rules (ventilation, distance, number of participants per sqm room size, ...). Please also pay attention to this by yourself. When you arrive at the ETI, first wash your hands and use the disinfectant available at the entrance.


Required is the participation of a Taster weekend

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.

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

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!

 

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.

31.08. - 12.10.2020 English Online Class: Mondays 19:00-20:30 Impro4ever „Acting for Improvisers“ with Inbal (7x)
with Inbal
7x Mondays, 31.08.-12.10.2020 from 19:00-20:30 pm (Berlin time)
Online
149 €
Max. 8 part.

Acting for improvisers
In these 7 online sessions we invite new and former students to explore powerful and effective tools from the acting world. Those tools will sharpen your performance skills as an improviser. We will work with objective, obstacles, subtest, emotions and stage/ screen presence. We will work with monologues, dialogues, with 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.

01.09. - 13.10.2020 English Online Class: Tuesdays 19:00-20:30 Impro4ever „Getting emotional“ with Lee (7x)
with Lee
7x Tuesdays, 01.09.-13.10.2020 from 19:00-20:30 pm (Berlin time)
Online
149€
Max. 8 part.

Getting emotional
Getting emotional is something most of us try not to do in our daily lives. On stage emotions we express makes a huge impact on the audience and how they feel about the characters they watch. They can’t love a character who doesn’t show their heart.

This focused workshop dives into making a more emotional performance. Being passionate and maintaining it with all your characters. Playing and balancing them with your scene partner. Discovering and stretching the emotional range you express. Driving and controlling your rollercoaster ride of feelings isn’t always easy. Work on the skills to keep your mind calm while your characters emotions take over.

Characters who are apathetic get an apathetic audience.

If you’ve been improvising for awhile and want a quick boost to your characters, scenes and stories this workshop will give you long lasting inspiration. Let’s get emotional!

02.09. - 14.10.2020 English Online Class: Wednesdays 18:00-19:30 Impro4ever „The logic of the illogical“ with Inbal (7x)
with Inbal
7x Wednesdays, 02.09. - 14.10.2020 from 18:00-19:30 pm (Berlin time)
Online
149 €
Max. 8 part.

The logic of the illogical
Improvisation, like any other form of storytelling, does not have to stick to reality as we know it. We can create different times and places and portray characters who are not from this world. However, those places and characters are not randomly different. They have their own internal logic and reason. It’s just different than ours.
This class will focus on creating unrealistic stories in a realistic way. It will help you to find order in chaos and logic in imaginary realms.
We will create alternative realities and challenge ourselves to play with the alternative structures that hold them.
It will be a trip of the imagination in an act of creation.
We invite new and former student to dig deep into the topic.

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.