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Lunchtime Lecture Series - New Zealand Improv Festival

Lunchtime Lecture Series - New Zealand Improv Festival

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  • Tue 23 Oct ’18, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
  • Wed 24 Oct ’18, 12:15pm – 1:15pm


BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

NZIF 2018 is delighted to present two free public lectures from two internationally renowned improvisors. Join us at BATS Theatre and learn more about the art of improvisation.

Bring your lunch! Meet festival participants and pros!

Tuesday 23 October - The 9 Ways Up The Mountain
Jonathan Pitts, Chicago.

There are 9 major philosophies in world-wide improvisational theatre. Each of those philosophies have produced improv theatres, training centers, shows, directors, and performers. Each philosophy is like a different path leading up to the same top of a mountain in which the final view is transcendent and the same, but the ways up can be very different from each other.

This lecture will analyze, compare and contrast those 8 different major improv dogmas, including their similarities and their differences, without valuing one approach over the other. After all, the aim of climbing the improv mountain is to get to the peak, as that’s where best sights are.

Jonathan Pitts was the co-founder of the Chicago Improv Festival and produced it for 20 years. He taught at Second City for 16 years, and was a contributing writer to Second City’s book on improv. He has taught and performed internationally in 15 countries. Three times selected as one of Chicago’s “Top 50 Theatre Players” by New City, Jonathan has performed in over 1,250 improv shows with all kinds of forms and styles.

Wednesday 24 October - Audience: Context & Role
Lliam Amor, Melbourne

One of a series of bespoke lectures sourced from the Deakin University course ‘Improvisation: Principles in Action’. Theoretical and historical perspectives will be explored through the working methods of notable practitioners in the field, including the relationship to genre, material conditions, cultures and historical contexts in which they were developed. The lectures include themes such as the release of imagination, spontaneity and freedom, adaptation and flexibility, time and space in the theatre.

Lliam Amor is an actor, improviser, director and graphic artist. Involved in Melbourne’s theatre and television industry for over 20 years, performance highlights include his one man show: The Ronin, Beckett’s All That Fall, Theatresports, The Big Hoo-Haa, The Increasingly Handsome Adventures of Earl Bircher, The Jazz Age, The Rule of Three, It’s a Dad Thing, Late Night Impro and many more.

He was a founding member of Impro Melbourne and directed the award-winning sketch group The Wizard Sandwiches and Rob Lloyd’s The Heart Awakens. He has won the National Theatresports Competition twice as well as the Maestro Championship at the 4th International Improvisation Theatre Festival in Belgium.

On television, he has appeared in Fresh Blood, Neighbours, Underbelly, Tangled, Thank God You’re Here, Hawke, The Micallef Program, Micro Nation, You’re Skitting Me and many TV commercials.

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