Masterclasses

Our masterclasses bring teachers from all over the world and around New Zealand.

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Previous Masterclasses

Rahel Otsa: Dynamic Improv - Sunday, 8 March 2020

Rahel Otsa

Rahel Otsa is a thoughtful and dynamic improviser who created one of the first improv theatres in Estonia, Jaa !mproteater; and is the main producer of the International Improv Festival Tilt in Tallinn. Before becoming hooked on improvisation, Rahel’s early focus was on classical theatre and the theatre of the oppressed. She combines all of these experiences to find new ways to approach improvisation. She is constantly looking for ways to make improvisation touch audiences' hearts and minds with more than just laughter. Rahel firmly believes that well-told stories can change the world.

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Storytelling and Improv workshops with Christiane Brew

Christiane Brew

Christiane Brew is a professional improvisor, storyteller, and actress based in Tokyo. She’s visiting NZ in November, so we’ve tempted her to come down to Christchurch to share some of her amazing depth of storytelling and improvisation knowledge with us.

There will be a half-day workshop on Saturday 16 November, and a full-day workshop on Sunday 17 November (with a possible show to follow).

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Luke Rimmelzwaan: "Ghosts", Sunday 6 Oct 2019

Luke Rimmelzwaan

We are constantly surrounded by ghosts. The figments of memory that haunt us, our childhood growing up, the joy we feel when we see those we love. These ghosts are all around us at all times. They influence us, but are never seen. But what if we could?

Luke Rimmelzwaan, the founder of Brisbane’s ImproMafia, is visiting for the New Zealand Improv Festival. While he’s here, we’ve nabbed him to do a workshop on the fun and phantasmal concept of magical realism.

The workshop will be a full day on Sunday, October 6th. Places are strictly limited!

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Danny Lee: Mime and Clown, Aug 2019

Danny Lee

Do you want to upgrade your mime and clown skills? As well as being a lot of fun, these skills really add to your physical presence on stage.

We’re very fortunate to have a top teacher right here in Christchurch. Danny Lee is the creative director and premiere performer of Circotica and a very experienced physical performance teacher. He will be running a full day workshop on Sunday, August 4th.

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Katy Schutte, Feb 2019

Katy Schutte

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).

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Jonathan Pitts: Improv Chicago-style, Nov 2018

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!

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Linda Calgaro, Vocals & Scene-work - Sunday, 24th June 2018

Linda Calgaro

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.

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Pauline Calmé Mask Workshop - Saturday 19th May 2018

Pauline Calmé

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.

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Gary Schwartz weekend intensive - 13th - 15th April 2018

Gary Schwartz

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

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La Poésie sans Parole - Saturday 4th Nov 2017

Pauline Calmé

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.

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David Razowsky masterclass - 13-15 October 2017

David Razowsky

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.

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Bobbi Block intensive - 3-5 Feb 2017

Bobbi Block

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.

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Mask Masterclass - Steve Jarand - March 2016

Steve Jarand

Steve Jarand is a master of mask and improvisation and will be presenting a two-day Mask and Improvisation Masterclass in Christchurch on March 19th and 20th.

Steve is based in Canada and has been part of Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary since 1987, working with teachers such as Keith Johnstone (the creator of TheatreSports) and Shawn Kinley. He travels extensively with his teaching - across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India - and now we have a chance to work with him here in New Zealand!

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Bobbi Block workshop - Feb 2016

Bobbi Block

Update: Extended workshop - Wednesday 17th Feb

Bobbi’s two-day workshop filled up in just a couple of hours, but we didn’t want you to miss out on this opportunity to work with her, so Bobbi has kindly agreed to run an additional workshop on the Wednesday. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with a great international teacher here in Christchurch!

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