Online Course: Improvise It! Script It! Film It!

a funny picture of Amanda Bigford, Jessica Mitolo and Jonah Fazel. on the left the nursery theatre and the maydays logo's. underneath, the text: Improvise It! Script It! Film It! Make your own movie summer school. Thaught by Amanda Bigford, Jessica Mitolo and Jonah Fazel. Online, intermediate level, computer required. 10 Wednesdays from 1st July. 12am - 2am uk time.

Online Course: Improvise It! Script It! Film It!


About this event

As improvisers, we are constantly building worlds and characters that audiences fall in love with for one night and are never seen again. This course focuses on how to take the improvised scenes and characters that you love and turn them into your own short films.

No experience with writing or film needed and all filming can be done on your smartphone. This is a course for experienced improvisers looking to create their own digital material.

What to expect:

  • Devising and enhancing scripted material through improvisation
  • Learn Story structure and finesse written dialogue
  • Master the basics of storyboarding, shooting and digital editing

Materials Needed:

A personal computer for the Zoom lessons. A smartphone for shooting footage. Editing software: Openshot which is FREE to download and runs on Mac: OS X 10.9 or higher, PC: 32-bit versions of Windows 7,8,10 or higher or Linux.

Min. participants 6, max. participants 12. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.

Jonah Fazel is a veteran Character Actor, Theatre-maker, Television presenter and one of the UK’s most prominent improvisers, with over 15 years of performing and coaching experience. He trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and in multiple improvisational styles in the UK and US. He is the lecturer of improvisation at The University of Creative Arts, The Bridge Theatre Training Company and teaches at many UK drama schools and improv companies.

Jessica Mitolo is a performer, director, and teaching artist based in Chicago Illinois where she teaches improvisation and comedy writing to students of all ages and skill levels at The Second City. Independent of Second City, Jessica has trained comedians in over 10 different countries and leads corporate improv and idea-generating workshops where she has enjoyed working with companies such as NetSuites, LinkedIn, and Willis Towers Watson.

Jessica is also a performer and director (and the Education Manager at The Nursery!). She has directed more than 40 productions. Jessica was a participant in LaMama International’s 2017 Directing Symposium as well as The Lincoln Center’s 2018 Directors Lab. She is proud to have directed one of The Second City’s National Touring Companies and to have worked as Assistant to the Director on Second City’s Mainstage production, SOUTH SIDE OF HEAVEN.

Amanda Bigford is a Canada-based performer and content creator who teaches video editing and stop motion animation. She studied New Media Art at the University of Lethbridge and from there went on to study improv and comedy writing at various schools internationally. Amanda regularly improvises with her team SBDI, five friends who have never met in the physical realm. She also created a web series with her comedy partner during 2020, Unfluential: A Coming of Middle Age Story.

This experienced course runs 10 Wednesdays 30th June- 1st Sept. 6 – 8pm CT / Thursdays 1st July – 2nd Sept, 12 – 2am BST (for UK people, that’s midnight of Wednesday evening going into Thursday morning!).

Experienced (12 months+) A class for skilful players, especially those who have finished improv training programmes at their school and are looking to widen their horizons. These classes will make the assumption that you are comfortable performing longform improvisation and will push you.

NB: Our electives frequently sell out, but do not despair if this class has. You have not missed your shot. If enough people join the waiting list, we are often able to put the same class on a few days after or in parallel. So if you were excited, join up and we will be in touch.

Closed captioning is available in all of our classes and courses. If you need any information on how to access this in zoom, please contact [email protected]


Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Jessica Mitolo
Jessica Mitolo Online Education Manager Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Jessica Mitolo received her degree in Acting and Directing from Bowling Green State University. Since moving to Chicago, Jessica has studied, performed and directed at various schools and venues throughout the city. Her directing credits include Nostalgia Sucks: But It Used To Be Awesome!, Second Day Party Hair...
Headshot of The Nursery Theatre and The Maydays online collaboration teaching team, Jonah Fazel
JONAH FAZEL Producer, Thursday Night Lights & The Carousel Jonah is an experienced theatre-maker and comedian and has appeared at in the West End as well as being a veteran of the London Fringe and Edinburgh festivals. He has created work at The Battersea Arts Centre, Royal Court and The National as well as many...
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