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Actors' Improv with Bobbi Block

Actors' Improv with Bobbi Block

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  • Tue 23 Feb ’16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Wed 24 Feb ’16, 6:00pm – 9:00pm


The Performance Lab, 8 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria, Wellington



Ticket Information:

  • Single Day: $50.00

Join Philadelphia instructor Bobbi Block for two three-hour workshops exploring the Actors' Improv Technique™, designed for actors who are interested in exploring unscripted theatre, and Improvisers who are interested in exploring naturalistic acting.

This program teaches a honed method to build compelling scene work exploring authentic relationships. Just as writers are advised to 'write what they know,' participants are taught to improvise from their own experiences and meld fact with fiction. This truth-inspired, emotionally-grounded method allows both comic and dramatic moments to arise organically. Participants learn to create a strong emotional point of view, and explore both verbal and nonverbal offers (silence, breathing, physical contact with scene partner). Participants also learn how to simultaneously behave as both actor and playwright to build the tension and dramatic arc of a scene. When this method is integrated, the result combines the playfulness of spontaneously-generated work with the integrity of scripted theatre.

Bobbi Block is the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theatre. Tongue & Groove works in the style of Actors Improv taught in this program. She has a Masters degree in Theatre, and has trained with master improvisors at renowned improv theatres around the US including Annoyance, IO and Second City. She currently teaches Improvisation at Temple University and Drexel University in Philadelphia. She taught improv at New Zealand’s University of Otago and throughout New Zealand and Australia. She returned to NZ to direct her signature format, SECRETS, for the New Zealand Fringe Festival. In addition, she has toured Europe teaching Actors' Improv to various improv groups, and has also taught Improv in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where SECRETS continues to be performed.

In addition, Bobbi is an Applied Improv Facilitator and Coach and has worked for 20 years around the world teaching Leadership, Collaboration and Presence skills to corporate executives using acting and improv techniques. This is Bobbi's third time working in Wellington, with her 2013 visit resulting in the acclaimed season of 'Secrets', about which Theatreview said:

"Some of the best improvisation I have ever seen, with the performers mining real depths of emotion. The show's format allows for greater exploration of material than usual in an improvised show. Highly recommended and worth repeat viewing.”

Feedback from students who have taken Bobbi's Actors' Improv ™ program:

"I've worked with a number of great improv teachers including Keith Johnstone, David Razowsky, Joe Bill, ... and I certainly rank you right up there with them. In your workshop I saw intermediate improvisers go from doing weak gag-based work to realistic, compelling scenes, and some very experienced improvisers suddenly doing the best work I'd seen from them in years."

"I haven't enjoyed improv so much in years. And that's 100% entirely down to your direction, not just the professional approach, but also the way that you have brought us together as people and made it safe for me to start really being myself."

"Working with Bobbi opened my eyes to the wealth of material that can be taken from my own life experience, as a basis for rich, truthful improvisation, making manifest the maxim, "improvise what you know”."

Please note: You may register for both workshops ($85) or just for the Tuesday workshop ($50).
Participants should have experience in either scripted or improvised performance.

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