What is Improvisation?
We all improvise every day. None of us get out of bed in the morning with a pre-planned script to face the day ahead. So how can we deal with the challenge of improvising well if it is an activity that isn't planned?
You can think of improvisation as spontaneous creation and action. While, by definition, it occurs without pre-planning, improvising in life can be turned into a set of skills if consciously practised.
On stage, comedy groups such as The Comedy Store Players improvise and make up wonderful sketches on the spot night after night, based on audience suggestions.
At the Improvisation Academy, we put both words and structure to the creative practice that is improvisation and use a range of tried and tested activities to help you become more skilled at improvising both in life and in work.
Teamwork & Leadership
Creativity & Innovation
How we teach
We’ll be teaching in the tradition of Keith Johnstone and Viola Spolin. That means an experiential approach in which you learn in a safe environment. There’s clear explanations and purpose to every activity, with time for questioning, reflection and discussion. You don’t have to be funny, though the classes are almost always fun. We’re not training you to perform on stage, but to perform better in life.
We cover many aspects of improvisation in 8 sessions over 8 weekday evenings or 2 intensive weekends. The course is split into two parts, Improvisation for Life and Improvisation at Work, each of 4 sessions, to make sure you get the skills you want.
You can also come to a single taster session if one of the topics specifically appeals to you.