Course Dates: 19/02/24 - 18/03/24
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Enrich and develop your skills in this improvisation course. Working in a safe and supportive atmosphere, you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing effective improvisations.
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Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00

Course Code: DRB071

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Mon, eve, 19 Feb - 18 Mar '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is about discovering the pleasure of sharing the acting space with fellow players regardless of experience, creating the freedom to communicate confidently and effectively. You will improve your spontaneity ability to listen, and to work openly with truth, in the moment. Ideal for those wanting to improve their improv skills and develop more range in their work.

What will we cover?

• Essential improv skills such as listening, working spontaneously and freely with others
• Creating and exploring character and relationships
• Exploring and developing situations
• Application of emotional reading into improvisation
• Meisner repetition
• Become aware of audience expectations when crafting scenes

Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Confidently participate in improvisational games
• Work openly with other players
• Confidently contribute to the development of improvised scenes.
• Use status, emotion and other techniques to define character and scenarios.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all. It is ideal for those who wish to build confidence, develop openness in their work and learn to takes risks while playing.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Communicate clearly in discussion and drama practice.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Work alone, within groups and in pairs safely.
• Take risks.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

As part of a whole group, in pairs and small groups, sometimes alone.

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Comfortable clothing for freedom of movement should be worn. Soft shoes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Enrol onto the next improv course at City Lit. Talk to your tutor who will advise you. Any general acting and or physical skills class will help you to grow as a performer.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Mark Phoenix

Mark Phoenix is an actor, improviser, and teacher. He teaches acting, from script to physical theatre, Meisner, Uta Hagen, Michael Checkov and improvisation techniques. He has developed his own style of performance- improvisation which he is now adapting to online work; improvising whole plays becomes improvising whole movies. Mark is also UK champion of Argentinian Tango (2016,17,18 salon category and 2019 scenario category.) His film and television work includes roles in "V for Vendetta," "The Bank Job," "East Enders," "Prime Suspect" and "The Windsors." Mark has taught at City Lit for over twenty years on both accredited and non-accredited courses.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.