Beyond Improv: Acting to Create


  • 17 February 2024
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Samoa House
Samoa House, 283 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Applications Open 24 January 2024 12:26 pm
Applications Close 8 February 2024 5:00 pm
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The word “improv” has come to define a style, a tone, a genre. Let’s move beyond that word and investigate the tools available to an actor looking to create something new, whether the words are written down for them or not. This active, fast-paced workshop is about acknowledging your creative agency and learning to “write” using tools specific to the actor: action, games, and the endless surprise of your scene partners. Tap your natural play instincts with tangible skills that can be used repeatedly in the creation of new performances, with or without a text. Take your cues from your fantasies and grow your sensitivity to game structures within scenes both scripted and spontaneous. Participants will walk away with a fresh set of approaches to fuel them in whatever audition, stage or set they move to next. Please note: this is an event for NZ actors only.


  • Jonathan Price

    A professional actor, director, and teacher, Jonathan is a proponent of creative approaches that emphasise the actor as player and maker. His credits include the internationally recognised, interactive adaptations of Don Juan, Jekyll & Hyde and The Trojan War (A Slightly Isolated Dog); A Traveller’s Guide to Turkish Dogs (co-creator and director); Indian Ink’s The Elephant Thief (actor/puppeteer) and Circa Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest (director). Formerly a regular guest tutor and director at Toi Whakaari, Jonathan is a graduate of the VUW Theatre Programme, The John Bolton Theatre School, and an alum of École Philippe Gaulier.


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