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As the home of The Court Jesters, the improvisational masterminds behind Scared Scriptless we love to share the techniques of improvisation. All our classes are taught by Jesters and are geared towards introducing participants to the skills and joys of improvisation.

“We were so lucky that we had The Court Theatre as a base. The best way to learn your craft is to do it.
“It totally formed me. I moved on from improv to stand up but it made me unafraid of what could happen on stage.”

New Zealand Comedian Cal Wilson

  • Spontaneity Part One


    Introduces the fundamental improvisation techniques in an environment in which all participants can discover the charismatic performer inside themselves. Learn how to generate creative offers, find the joy in failure, and gain confidence. No experience necessary! Please note this class is for ages 18+.
    $127 per Term CLICK HERE TO BOOK A PLACE FOR TERM 3
  • Spontaneity Part Two


    Builds on the fundamental exercises and games to work towards creating improvised scene work and character. Please note this class is for ages 18+.
    $127 per Term
  • Character and Narrative


    An opportunity to focus on a particular performative skill, for e.g. physicality, music, character. Assumes basic improvisation skills, as well as basic narrative skills. In general, it is only open to people who have done the Spontaneity courses. Please note this class is for ages 18+.
    $157 per Term
  • Performance Improvisation*

    A longer more intense session. An opportunity to dissect and analyse short and long form games and formats. Focus will be given to learning storytelling devices and structures, directing scenes and combining skills learned in the other streams to produce compelling improvised shows. Places limited. Admission by invitation. Please note this class is for ages 18+.
    $177 per Term
    *This stream is open to all students who have prior improv training, or who have completed two terms of Spontaneity.
  • Junior Youth Improv

    An introduction to improvisation for younger students. A great introduction to performance and working towards creating improvised scenes and learning how to create as a group. Class for ages 12-15 years.
    $107 per Term THIS CLASS IS FULL, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST

  • Senior Youth Improv

    Builds on the fundamental exercises and games to work towards creating improvised scene work and character. Great way to compliment out Theatresports in Schools programme for students wanting some extra coaching. Class for ages 16-18 years.
    $127 per Term THIS CLASS IS FULL, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST

 

Timetable for 2017

All classes are held onsite at The Court Theatre on Bernard Street, Addington.

Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday
Spontaneity:
6pm-7.30pm
Spontaneity 2:
7.30pm-9pm
Junior Improv:
4.30pm-5.30pm
Character and Narrative:
7.15pm-9.15pm
Performance:
6.30pm-8.30pm
Senior Youth Improv:
4.30pm-6pm

Tutors

Improvisation classes are taught by members of the Court Jesters, The Court Theatre’s resident improvisation company. Check out their show Scared Scriptless every Friday and Saturday night at 10.15pm!

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    Jeff Clark

    Jeff has been a member of The Court Jesters since 1995 and is well-known for his narrative skills and witty wordplay. He enjoys using his wealth of performance experience to assist other improvisers hone and develop their skills, teaching a wide variety of methods to create characters and storylines.


  • Brendon Bennetts

    Brendon is one of the Jesters’ most experienced tutors, teaching workshops on improvised theatre, team building, body language, and presentation skills.

    Brendon has been improvising with the Court Jesters since 2002. On stage, he is known for his dry wit and storytelling flair. As an MC and director, he is known for innovative shows and formats.

  • cusdin.emmaEmma Cusdin

    Emma has been acting, improvising and teaching at The Court Theatre for the last 10 years. On stage Emma is known for her character work and for her playfulness.

    She has performed and studied performance internationally, most notably with Loose Moose Theatre in Canada. She is passionate about helping others to expand their repertoire in performance and is currently working towards her diploma in secondary teaching.