Improvisation courses from beginners to advanced

We run improvisation classes for all levels, from total beginners to advanced. Interested? You’ve come to the right place!

And know that you’re in safe hands, as most of our Maydays improv facilitators are enhanced DBS checked and hold up to date QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) as well as Mental Health First Aid Qualifications. If these are requirements you’d like in your improv facilitator, please pop us an email and we’ll let you know which courses are suitable.

Due to the current pandemic, we are currently running all our improv offerings online in collaboration with our friends, The Nursery. As soon as it’s safe to come back out to play, we will! All of our classes have the option for transcription.

You can read our Covid-19 update here. Stay safe and well you creative cats.

We are working hard to try to provide the best quality online courses possible.  If you feel you would like to donate to us to help us keep going in these times, please consider using the button below.  Thank you.

Improv is a form of comedy theatre where everything is made up in the moment. Unplanned and unscripted, everything is invented on the fly, from the dialogue, action and story to the characters. In workshops and shows, suggestions are often taken from the audience to get the improvisers started. It’s fun, silly collaborative and hugely satisfying!

From short form to long form, to music and performance courses, The Maydays have something for everyone. And if you’re more advanced, we’ve got that covered too. We loosely grade our courses Levels 1-5 (one being the easiest), but this is more of a helpful guide than a requirement.

Have a look below to find out what we’ve got coming up that might suit you. And if you’re still not sure, feel free to drop us a line any time.

Short Form is a style of improv that’s all about playing improvised ‘games’ on stage. Very much like Who’s Line is it Anyway, Short Form games are short, silly and typically unrelated. Unlike stand-up it’s not about cracking jokes. It’s about working together like a bunch of ninjas, to surprise and delight yourselves!

Long Form is about creating longer, more subtle and detailed scenes that often connect, creating a full-length piece of improvised comedy theatre. Just like the Maydays perform themselves. Whole shows are made in the moment, from audience suggestions.

Musical Improv is all about making up melodies and lyrics in the moment. Just like Short Form or Long Form it can be more game-focused or be woven into a full-length show to create an entire musical, depending on the course you take.

POC WORKSHOPS

POC workshops are an open and supportive creative space for BIPOC performers of all ages and skill levels.

These workshops run once a month, and they are stand-alone, so you can book one or come along every time. Each workshop is taught by a different instructor and focuses on a specific area of improvisation, performance, or writing. We encourage participants to come not only to play but also to enjoy meeting and connecting with other BIPOC performers from around the world.

WOMEN’S WORKSHOPS

Women’s workshops are an open and supportive creative space. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified. We encourage participants to come and be bold and fearless and meet other dynamic women from across the world.

These workshops run once a month, and they are stand-alone, so you can book one or come along every time. Each workshop is taught by a different teacher and focuses on a specific area of improvisation or performance, and we have some exciting people lined up over the coming months!

The Nursery/Maydays would like to thank Jennifer Jordan and Britt Pay for the excellent work that they did running this workshop for the past two years. At a time when the workshop could have fallen through the cracks, they took charge and built a community that helped to foster the talents of over 150 students and gave teaching opportunities to 20 incredible instructors. 

ONLINE SCHOLARSHIPS

In memory of the wonderful and much-missed Jason Chin, The Maydays and The Nursery are delighted to offer scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.

Up to two places per class are available and you are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to afford these courses, or would be unlikely to attend it for any other reason. There are no set criteria, and you can apply for any course that is live on the Maydays or Nursery website. Places will be allocated two weeks before the course begins and all that we ask is that people awarded scholarships attend as much of the course as they possibly can.

APPLY HERE

JASON CHIN

Jason R. Chin was the iO Associate Artistic Director, as well as the Director of the Training Center for eight years. He coached the Harold team “Deep Schwa” for 13 years and was a regular cast member of the “Armando Diaz Experience”. He created/directed several longform classic shows such as “Dinner for Six” and “Whirled News Tonight” which is has enjoyed over 15 years of continuous performance.

He has taught and directed improv in the Philippines, Australia, England and even Gainesville, and Florida. He is the author of the book, “Longform Improvisation and the Art of Zen”.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • There are no specific deadlines for application and applications will be assessed as they arrive
  • Applications may be made for any course lasting longer than a single session (not international teachers)
  • Successful applicants will be notified at least two weeks before the start of any course
  • Decisions are made by The Maydays/The Nursery Online Education Team and are final
  • Applicants may be asked to record a short testimonial about their experience

The Maydays/The Nursery Online Improv Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • All online improv bookings are non-refundable
  • We reserve the right to change the instructor of any of our online improv events
  • If you are unable to make your class due to illness, we will offer to transfer your credit to another session/course. This credit is valid for a period of 6 months for online improv events only.
  • If we have to cancel a scheduled online improv event for any reason, we will offer you a choice of either a replacement online event of the same value or a full refund.
  • Bookings may be transferred from one student to another before the commencement of training, after first notifying us at least 48 hours before training begins. The new student must have the necessary prerequisites for the training.
  • To transfer your credit to another class, please send an email to classes@thenurserytheatre.com with the subject line ‘TRANSFER’ and add the following details:
    • Your Full Name:
    • Your Booking Email ID:
    • Name of Class/Course Originally Booked:
    • Name of Class/Course to be Transferred To:
    • Any Other Details:
  • To transfer your spot to someone else, please send an email to classes@thenurserytheatre.com with the subject line ‘TRANSFER’ and add the following details
    • Your Full Name:
    • Your Booking Email ID:
    • Name of Class/Course Booked:
    • Full Name Of Your Replacement:
    • Email ID of your Replacement:
    • Any Other Details:

7-10s Online Improv Club!
Upcoming
21st April 2021
11-14s Online Improv Club!
Upcoming
22nd April 2021
Three Genres Improv Course
Upcoming
2nd May 2021
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