Improvising For Screen: a Masterclass with Jesse Griffin


  • 19 February 2022
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
TAPAC - The Auckland Performing Arts Centre
100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland, Auckland, 1022, New Zealand

Applications Open 21 January 2022 8:00 am
Applications Close 14 February 2022 10:00 pm
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Using impulse exercises, status games, basic characterisation and improv fundamentals, this experiential workshop will explore the skills required in improvising for the screen.  


  • Jesse Griffin

    Jesse Griffin is a writer, director, comedian and actor living in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa working throughout NZ, the UK and Australia for over 25 years. After a physical theatre training at the John Bolton School in Melbourne, Jesse co-founded physical comedy trio the 4 Noels and performed with the group from 1996 to 2007 creating a number of award winning comedy shows and short films. Since 2004 he has written, performed and continually developed the comedy character American country singer “Wilson Dixon”. He was commissioned by the BBC to write “The Wilson Dixon Line” radio series in 2009 and in 2012 wrote and performed the TVNZ comedy special “Wilson Dixon - A New Zealand Story”, a comedy special for TVNZ. In 2019/20, Jesse wrote the storylines and directed two series of the critically acclaimed improvised comedy, “Educators” for TVNZ. Using the same approach, he also wrote and directed the 2021 TVNZ comedy series “Last @ Eleven”. 2022 will see production on Educators season 3. Jesse’s television writing credits also include Co-Head Writer for comedy panel shows“7 Days” in 2011 and “Word Up” in 2015, and Creative Executive Producer, Director and Head Writer for “Comedy for Cure Kids” for THREE from 2012-2015, creating the charity songs ‘Feel Inside’ with the Flight of the Concords and ‘Team Ball Player Thing’ with Taika Waititi, Joel Little and the All Blacks.


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