ImproMafia offers workshops for people interested in learning more about the world of improvisation. Our workshop program begins with spontaneity classes, aimed at introducing participants into the world of improvised theatre, followed by more advanced classes designed to refine and develop performers' skills.

WHY?

The main reason to learn impro is to experience the thrill of entertaining an audience without a script. Even if you're not interested in performing, impro will bring laughter and play into your life and expand your comfort zone. It is an excellent way to build self-confidence and unleash your creativity.

who?

Anyone can get involved in impro - there's no need for drama or comedy experience. Impro classes are about learning to express yourself spontaneously and honestly on stage, and you don't need to be the world's greatest actor or funniest comedian to do so.

 

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SPONTANEITY

Our popular eight-week beginners course introduces you to the concepts and skills of improvisation through games, exercises and discussion in a friendly and playful environment. ImproMafia is the longest established and largest improvisation company in Queensland and our training program enjoys a reputation as Brisbane's best.

In Spontaneity, you will learn techniques to:

  • Relax and allow your ideas to flow

  • Trust your creative impulses

  • Be present and stay in the moment

  • Listen and attend to others

  • Accept and build on ideas

  • Work collaboratively with others

  • Deal with and even embrace inevitable mistakes

This course is a great way to try something new, bring laughter and play into your life and expand your comfort zone! Students take our courses for pure fun, to try a new hobby, to improve confidence in public speaking, work presentations, stand-up or acting, or simply to unleash their creativity.

Spontaneity is the first stage of the ImproMafia workshop program. It requires no prior improvisation or performance experience. The maximum class size is 16 to enable individual attention as well as the opportunity to learn by watching others.

 

2019 class DATEs


SATURDAY MORNINGS
10:30am - 1:30pm
Paddington, Brisbane
From 11 May
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TUESDAY NIGHTS
6:30 - 9:30pm
Paddington, Brisbane
From 7 May
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"Really fun and engaging. The classes helped me to develop skills I could use not just in improvisation, but in my life.”
Elisha, Spontaneity student, December 2018

“This course will make you comfortable with stepping on a stage with nothing prepared. Compared to that the rest of life is easy!”
Reegan, Spontaneity student, September 2018

"A really great introduction to performing arts and exploring my creativity!"
Grace, Spontaneity student, March 2018

“I love a teacher who obviously loves what they are doing. Their passion is contagious and every week Cam let her passion for improv move and direct the class. She made the class fun but also an incredible learning experience."
Amy, Spontaneity student, September 2018


MAKING A SCENE

Addicted yet? Making a Scene is designed to build upon the impro skills taught in ImproMafia's Spontaneity course. The aim of the series is the creation of scenes that satisfy you, your fellow performers and the audience. You will be encouraged to think about scenes more critically while maintaining the playfulness and fun of the craft.

Skills developed include:

  • The fundamentals of story, including platforms and tilts

  • Finding your inspiration for a scene

  • Playing characters and relationships

  • Using change and reaction to progress scenes

Prerequisite: ImproMafia Spontaneity course.  These classes generally run four times a year in similar blocks to the Spontaneity courses.


STORY

This advanced course will develop your skills to create scenes and stories that satisfy you, your scene partner and ultimately, the audience. Content covered in Spontaneity and Making a Scene will be revisited in greater depth, including being in the moment and bringing “your obvious” to the stage. Advanced techniques for creating characters and expressing their points of view will be taught, with an ongoing focus maintained on what inspires you, how to trust these ideas and then using narrative techniques to bring these elements together to create satisfying stories onstage.

Prerequisites: ImproMafia Spontaneity and Making a Scene courses. These classes generally run four times a year in similar blocks to the Spontaneity courses.