$19 for a One-Day Intro to Improvisation Workshop and T-shirt at Instant Theatre Company ($59 Value)

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Karin K. ·
Reviewed October 26, 2011
Fantastic intro class....I left feeling like I would like more and think I will sign up for another class. Thanks Alistair!


Cara H. ·
Reviewed October 26, 2011
The intro to improv class was an excellent program! We had a lot of fun in a really safe environment where there were no "mistakes". Alistair is able to explain the new tec hniques clearly with very funny examples. He knows his stuff and is fun to be around. I hope to take his next class soon!


Wolf S. ·
Reviewed October 26, 2011
The intro was a good 'taste', I would have liked a bit more of an idea of the overall training-theory-experience process - perhaps this could be done as a follow-up or handout. Given the time constraint, the 'taste' was the most important thing to do.

What You'll Get

Improvisation traces its origins to the dark ages, when villagers had to react quickly to accusations of witchcraft and implications they'd invented the Internet. Learn a historic, fast-paced art with today's Groupon: for $19, you get an Introduction to Improvisation workshop (a $39 value) on a Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a T-shirt (a $20 value) at Instant Theatre Company (a $59 total value, including HST). Click here for Instant Theatre's available workshop dates.

Instant Theatre's artistic director Alistair Cook extracts on-the-spot emotion from participants during team exercises, storytelling, and scene work to encourage unleashing creativity in both stage performances and in daily life. Up to 15 students attend each intro workshop at the Instant Shop studio, flexing short-form biceps and long-form obliques in the basics of play, spontaneity, character, and story. During warm-ups, Alistair introduces concepts including acceptance and justification before a 45-minute midday lunch break re-energizes brain pistons. Performance games cap off the lesson, in which pupils craft 30-second scene starts, their first narrated scenes, and defend dissertations on the benefits of miming. After each workshop, students receive one of the company's graphic T-shirts in a hand-drawn aesthetic.

While performance experience is preferred, students may arrive to class without any prior improvisation skills. Cook and his company employ both long and short form methods using a blend of structured, freestyle, and underwater stage-combat techniques, also drawing from experience building national improv-centric instructional programs.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. 2 weeks cancellation notice required. Subject to availability. Must be 18 or older. All classes taught in English. Classes are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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