SPRING
WORKSHOPS

We are offering three workshops in our
GUEST ARTIST SERIES this spring!

STORY AND CAST DESIGN:

with Jason Geary

In this workshop led by Jason Geary, participants explore the core principles of storytelling as defined by Robert McKee. These principles are designed for screen writers but have particular usefulness for the improvisor as storyteller. We look at areas such as; How do we identify a protagonist in our improvised stories? How can we best support the protagonist after this discovery? How can we design a cast around the protagonist that gives us the best change of playing a complex story? How do we build a story so our protagonist is changed by the choices they make. This workshop focuses on narrative, character creation, and deepening the complexity of improvised characters.

Instructor Bio:

Jason Geary has been a professional improviser for over 25 years; in that time he has performed all around the world, from Australia through Asia, the USA to the stages of Europe. Jason has studied Improvisation with teachers like Keith Johnstone, Patti Stiles, Randy Dixon and Dan O’Connor and story with Robert McKee. Jason is a founding member and former Artistic Director of Impro Melbourne and has performed with the company for 15 years where he has created and directed many long and short form improvised formats. His format ‘How ‘bout This?’ has been adopted and played internationally. His original Improv format ‘Zoom’ has been invited to festivals across three continents and is a regular production in NYC. Jason has been teaching Comedy Improvisation for 20 years to both newcomers and experienced improvisers alike, and is renowned for bringing the best out of his students no matter their experience and skill level. Jason has a passion for exploring the craft of improvisation, in all of its forms. Jason is a sought after teacher globally, he has taught in every Australian capital, Amsterdam, Seattle, Portland, Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Berlin, Hong Kong, L.A, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Paris, Rome, Milan, Barcelona and New Zealand just to list a few.

STORY AND CAST DESIGN:

with Jason Geary

In this workshop led by Jason Geary, participants explore the core principles of storytelling as defined by Robert McKee. These principles are designed for screen writers but have particular usefulness for the improvisor as storyteller. We look at areas such as; How do we identify a protagonist in our improvised stories? How can we best support the protagonist after this discovery? How can we design a cast around the protagonist that gives us the best change of playing a complex story? How do we build a story so our protagonist is changed by the choices they make. This workshop focuses on narrative, character creation, and deepening the complexity of improvised characters.

Instructor Bio:

Jason Geary has been a professional improviser for over 25 years; in that time he has performed all around the world, from Australia through Asia, the USA to the stages of Europe. Jason has studied Improvisation with teachers like Keith Johnstone, Patti Stiles, Randy Dixon and Dan O’Connor and story with Robert McKee. Jason is a founding member and former Artistic Director of Impro Melbourne and has performed with the company for 15 years where he has created and directed many long and short form improvised formats. His format ‘How ‘bout This?’ has been adopted and played internationally. His original Improv format ‘Zoom’ has been invited to festivals across three continents and is a regular production in NYC. Jason has been teaching Comedy Improvisation for 20 years to both newcomers and experienced improvisers alike, and is renowned for bringing the best out of his students no matter their experience and skill level. Jason has a passion for exploring the craft of improvisation, in all of its forms. Jason is a sought after teacher globally, he has taught in every Australian capital, Amsterdam, Seattle, Portland, Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Berlin, Hong Kong, L.A, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Paris, Rome, Milan, Barcelona and New Zealand just to list a few.

MOVEMENT & AWARENESS             

with Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Movement improvisation, awareness, and play. This workshop is designed for improviser and actors to find, joy, comfort and possibilities with movement. We will work on exploring our personal movement languages and fabulous peculiarities through play, experimentation and technique. No experience necessary. All bodies welcome. Wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in and bring a water bottle.

Instructor Bio:

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is an award winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, writer and educator. Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, she is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer “who defies categorization on any level”(The Georgia Straight). Tara is celebrated nationally and internationally for her unique and dynamic hybrid of dance, comedy and theatre. The string of celebrated full-length solo shows to her credit includes bANGER, Goggles, Porno Death Cult, and I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember, and she partners regularly on multidisciplinary collaborations, commissions and boundary-bending ensemble creations. When she isn’t creating innovative movement for theatre, Tara performs around the world- highlights include DanceBase/Edinburgh, South Bank Centre/London, On the Boards/Seattle USA, and High Performance Rodeo/Calgary. Recent works include The Body Project (premiering 2020/21 season) The River with dance artist Miriam Colvin and artist and activist Molly Wickham (premiering 2021 in Wet’suwet’en Territory), empty.swimming.pool with Italian dance/performance artist Silvia Gribaudi, (Castiglioncello, Bassano, Victoria, B.C. and Vancouver, B.C.), how to be (Vancouver, B.C.) , and I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember (currently touring). Tara lives in East Vancouver with her husband composer Marc Stewart and their son Jasper.

PLAYING WITH SPACEWORK

with Shaun Lowthian

Words are overrated! In improv, if an audience is going to believe our characters, dialogue is just one part: they also need to see what’s interesting about their context. This workshop will explore spacework, physicality and your environment to create more dynamic scenes, discover game of the scene, and heighten relationships.

Instructor Bio:

Shaun Lowthian (UK) is an improviser, actor and comedy writer. He performs at London’s Free Association with The Wilsons, The Badge, Uncle Glen’s Menagerie and Jacuzii. With award-winning DNAYS and twoprov The Homunculus, Shaun has performed in 10 countries over 13 years in improv. He trained in long-from improv with the UCB, iO and Second City. Shaun is a Writers’ Guild Award-nominee for comedy series Spokke. Credits include: Quickies (BBC3), Off The Top (EpicLloyd/YouTubeSpaceLA), Newsjack (Radio4), McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC1) and character podcast Fact Up. www.shaunlowthian.com

PLAYING WITH SPACEWORK

with Shaun Lowthian

Words are overrated! In improv, if an audience is going to believe our characters, dialogue is just one part: they also need to see what’s interesting about their context. This workshop will explore spacework, physicality and your environment to create more dynamic scenes, discover game of the scene, and heighten relationships.

Instructor Bio:

Shaun Lowthian (UK) is an improviser, actor and comedy writer. He performs at London’s Free Association with The Wilsons, The Badge, Uncle Glen’s Menagerie and Jacuzii. With award-winning DNAYS and twoprov The Homunculus, Shaun has performed in 10 countries over 13 years in improv. He trained in long-from improv with the UCB, iO and Second City. Shaun is a Writers’ Guild Award-nominee for comedy series Spokke. Credits include: Quickies (BBC3), Off The Top (EpicLloyd/YouTubeSpaceLA), Newsjack (Radio4), McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC1) and character podcast Fact Up. www.shaunlowthian.com