David Razowsky: Improvising as an Actor – Oct 2017

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 – davidrazowsky.com.

Improvising as an Actor

Every actor needs improvisation skills. They are essential in today’s competitive audition environment, and indispensable on stage and screen. The skills you will learn in this two-and-a-half day workshop (1 evening + 2 days) will allow you to become comfortable organically developing a character within a given set of circumstances. Actors will be taught how to effortlessly create instant relationships, compelling points of view, strong character choices, in exciting and natural scenarios.

Actors who have worked with Razowsky call his approach “compelling,” “gratifying,” “simple,” and “exciting.” Once you’re exposed to this, you won’t let go.

Bonus: Guided Performance

As part of the workshop, there will be a guided improvisation performance on the evening of Sunday, 15th October, in the Gloucester Room at the Isaac Theatre Royal. This is an unmissable opportunity to put what you have learned into action!

Performing in a show that’s directed by David Razowsky is a special event, particularly when David directs you while you perform. His gentle, direct “side coaching” has proven to benefit all improvisers who’ve joined him for these “Guided Improv Scenes.” The cast of actors will be lead through two-person scenes with David keeping the actors focused on their points-of-view, guiding them toward the “shiny objects,” following where the scene’s heat is and where the scenic surprises live. All this with a live audience!

(Note: Participation in the performance is optional – but highly recommended!)

Notes for Participants

  • David’s unique method of teaching improvisation means that you need not have previously studied improvisation. A background in acting (in any form) will help you get more out of the experience, but all that really matters is you, your experience as a living, breathing human being, and a willingness to set aside your ego, and just be.
  • Priority for places in the workshop will be given to local performers. Impulse Theatre is committed to bringing world-class teachers to Christchurch to offer exceptional training experiences to our local performers. Whilst we appreciate the enthusiasm shown by other NZ performers to travel to Christchurch for these workshops, our goal is to add to the performing arts scene here in Christchurch.

Special Thanks

This workshop has been made possible due to the financial assistance of the ASB and the Isaac Theatre Royal through an ASB Performing Arts Community Grant.

Workshop Details and Booking Form

Dates / TimesFriday, 13th October: 7 pm-10 pm
Saturday, 14th October: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, 15th October: 10 am – 5 pm
Guided Performance: Sunday evening from 7 pm.
LocationFriday / Saturday Workshop:
Forfar Courts Community Hall
95 Forfar Street, St. Albans
Please park on the street. Forfar Courts parking is for residents only.
Map to Forfar Courts:
https://goo.gl/maps/grCyBxhJirjSunday Workshop AND Performance:

The Gloucester Room,
Isaac Theatre Royal,
145 Gloucester Street
Map to Isaac Theatre Royal:
Participantsmaximum 16
Cost$220 ($100 deposit will be required to confirm your place)
Booking Formbookings are closed


If you have any questions about this workshop, including applying for a cost reduction, please send a message using the contact form.