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Kay Schutte

creative communities Christchurch

In huge demand around the world, we've been incredibly lucky to grab Katy Schutte right here in Christchurch!

Katy will be running 3 workshops over the weekend from Friday, 22nd through to Sunday, 24th February 2019, covering a broad range of improvisation skills. The Sunday workshop will also build towards a public performance on the Sunday evening - Genre Performance w/ Katy Schutte

These workshops have been made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme (see below for additional details).

Jonathan Pitts

This is your chance to work with one of the big names of the Chicago improv scene - Jonathan Pitts.

Chicago is the Mecca of modern improvisation, home of the famous Second City, a place that has been one of the main sources for an entire generation of America’s best and brightest comedic entertainers for over 30 years, and Jonathan Pitts has been right at the centre of that for much of its history. He is a co-founder of the Chicago Improv Festival, which he has produced for 20 years. He taught at the famous Second City training centre for 18 years.

Here in New Zealand for the New Zealand Improv Festival, we are very lucky that Jonathan has agreed to take a side-trip to Christchurch! Come and upgrade your improv with one of the world's best teachers!

Linda Calgaro is an Australian actor, teacher, director, singer and musician who is passionate about making improv theatre.  More recently, she has been living and working in Nelson, but we have one last chance to work with her before she returns home to Sydney.

Linda is a talented vocalist and musician, capable of bringing out the best in even the most reluctant singer in a fun and delightful way.  Don't miss this opportunity to work with Linda, in a full day workshop that will open your eyes and ears to the possibilities of spontaneous, joyous vocal exploration.

Pauline Calmé is a French improvisation teacher from Paris. She is a specialist in the use of mask and will be teaching a full-day workshop on Saturday,19th May 2018.

Pauline's previous workshop sold out, but luckily for us, she is staying an extra week and is offering a full-day workshop on Saturday.

This is a great opportunity to work with an international teacher with a unique and inspirational approach. You don't need to be an improviser to benefit from this workshop as the techniques and concepts taught are broadly applicable to all forms of performing arts.

This is HUGE! Award-winning, TV and film actor, director, comedian and a master teacher of improvisational acting, Gary Schwartz, will be joining us in April this year for a weekend intensive from Friday, 13th April to Sunday, 15th April.

"Gary is a terrific teacher" --- Dan Castellaneta (a.k.a. Homer Simpson)

"Viola had genius and she shared it. Gary Schwartz continues to share her genius with integrity" --- Valerie Harper

Master teacher of improvisational acting, Gary Schwartz, will be teaching an evening workshop on Wed 11th April from 7pm - 9:30pm.

This is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the world's top improv teachers and is suitable for improvisers of any level.  Gary is here to teach a full masterclass from Friday 13th - Sunday 15th and the Wednesday workshop provides a great chance to work with him for those who cannot commit to the full weekend workshop, or who just want to dip their toe into the world of improvisation.

Pauline Calmé is a French improviser from Paris best known for her poetic, musical and clowning approach to improvisation.  She is visiting New Zealand to attend NZIF (the NZ Improvisation Festival) and as part of her visit will be coming to Christchurch to share her knowledge of Physical Theatre, Mask, and Movement in this special one-day master-class.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with an international teacher with a unique and inspirational approach.  You need not be an improviser to benefit from this workshop as the techniques and concepts taught are broadly applicable to all forms of performing arts.

David Razowsky workshop

David Razowsky is the one of the most sought after teachers of acting and improvisation in the world. He is the former Director of Training for the prestigious Second City, Los Angeles and is a featured teacher at the world's largest improvisation festivals.  As a performer, he has worked with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, Amy Sedaris, and many others.

You can read more about David, and his work, on his website -

Bobbi's back!

Bobbi's 2016 workshop filled up fast.  In Feb 2017 she's back - don't miss out!

Bobbi Block, Artistic Director of Philadelphia's critically acclaimed Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, returns to NZ in 2017 - and this time we've got her lined up for a full weekend intensive and a show.

This unmissable weekend intensive will run from Friday evening (3rd Feb), all day Saturday and Sunday (4th/5th).  The weekend will also include Bobbi directing you in her brilliant improvised show, "Secrets", on Sunday evening (5th Feb).

This is a rare opportunity to work with one of the great international teachers of improvisation.  Spaces are strictly limited.

Jonathan Briden (Artistic Director of Impulse Theatre) presents "Get Engaged" in Christchurch on Monday 5th December 2016.  Jonathan presented this workshop for El Teatro Piso in Buenos Aires in April, and it sold out at the NZ Improvisation Festival in Wellington in October - Now it's your chance Christchurch!

Perfect for Every Actor

This workshop will help you to bring out the truth of your characters, regardless of the medium.  For stage or screen, engagement is an essential facet of your performance.  Bring your dramatic scenes to life and enrich your comedic scenes.  These skills will also provide a boost to your auditions.