This improv focus course is about improving your character work and learning how to create interesting dynamics between your characters.
Previous improv experience is necessary for this course. Either you’ve done a beginner’s improv course before (with anyone, not just us) or you’ve been casually doing improv for a little while (e.g. the Jam).
What you’ll be doing in this Improv Course
You’ll be looking at creating and deepening your characters, practicing staying in character, and playing with relationship dynamics.
The character you play is the filter for the things you say and do on stage during scenes. That’s why having some range can really add variety across your performances. We’ll look at methods for creating characters, such as physicality, voice and temperament. But we’ll also work on range, and practice coming up with many different types of characters to help avoid playing the same few in every scene.
Inhabiting characters and practicing staying in character will also be a part of it. Very useful for long-form improv and comedy acting. We’ll touch on adding depth to your characters, which makes it easier to explore their relationships with others.
Relationships between characters are how many of us relate to a story being told (as well as the characters themselves, of course). You’ll spend some time on discovering and playing with the dynamics between your characters, something that helps drive scenes in a big way.
It can be a lot of fun bringing different characters together and seeing how they end up interacting or playing out a scenario. It’s pretty easy to lose yourself in the scene once you really get into it.
Teacher: Eji Osigwe
Eji is the founder of ImproQuo and a long-time performing artist. He has years of experience in comedy improvisation, including performing in shows, coaching teams, and directing and running live improv productions.
He has also appeared as a regular on BBC Radio Manchester, hosted the main stage at the Festival of Manchester and performed stand-up throughout England.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Improv Focus Course?
Focus courses are short courses that focus on a single aspect of the craft. They accept a limited number of students so that everyone can get plenty of practice time. These courses give you the opportunity to practice improvisation in great depth with guidance from an experienced teacher.
These courses will run frequently throughout the year, will usually be repeated, and can be taken during, between and after the 8-week courses. Regularly attend focus courses to expand and deepen your improvisational skills long term.
What is an Improv Curriculum Course?
A curriculum course is any of our "Level" courses. (These are often shortened to "L1", "L2", etc.) These courses are always 8-weeks long and cover a broader aspect of comedy improvisation, such as short-form, long-form and performance; they can be considered benchmarks for where you're up to in your improvisation journey.
Will there be a showcase?
Most focus courses will not end with a showcase at this time. We will occasionally be able to align a focus course with a curriculum (i.e. Level 1, Level 2, etc.) course, but this is not to be assumed.We aim to change this in the future. As we grow, and more courses take place simultaneously, we will eventually be able to arrange showcases for these types of courses.
I can't make every session. Should I still sign up?
You should sign up if you think you'll be able to make at least 3 of the 4 sessions. Any fewer than that and you may find yourself falling behind.
Payment TermsWe can be flexible with payment and so if you’d rather not pay in full now, you can pay a deposit to lock in your place and pay the rest later. Payment must be completed before or at the first session of the course.
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