Online Improv Elective: “As you know, your father, the king”

Online improv elective

“As you know, your father, the king” – Opening scenes strongly

About this Event

Great scenes are at the heart of great improvisation. So let’s spend some real time on them. Ideal accompaniments to the nursery long-form or narrative courses, these classes are deep-dives into particular areas of scene work. They are also great workouts for intermediate or experienced players. Our expert teachers will give you simple, usable tools that can be employed in a wide variety of improvisation contexts. Students will work in detail on a single aspect of their scenes, receive feedback and, most importantly, get time to play, both in break out rooms and in front of the class.

Scenes that start clearly and boldly, often continue that way. Those that don’t can sometimes flounder and stutter as they try to find their game, heart or inspiration.

This class will give you a range of powerful ways to start a scene and then continue what you have begun, all without restricting your partner’s choices. Working with character, attitude, premise and emotion, with a little bit of plain weirdness thrown in for good measure, you will see how to bring something to the scene that is inspiring to both for both scene partners. You will never step onstage without an idea again.

Class includes:

  • How to initiate, both with and without a suggestion
  • How to support your partner’s initiations
  • Bringing together apparently contradictory initiations

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

Jon Nguyen is an improviser based in Norwich, UK, he believes that fun, connectivity and inclusion should be present in all improv.

He plays with Unbridled – A Nursery Original, The Dogface Allstars, Michelle – A Hoopla House Team, Wretched Hive Comedy, The Comediasians and The Improvised Play. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and taken part in online improv festivals, including Improv Comedy Bangalore.

Jon had training with Dogface, The Nursery, Hoopla, Dummy, The Maydays, Showstoppers as well as a myriad of international teachers from across the globe.

Jon loves improv and tries all variations from short-form, various formats, narrative, musical and any other style offered. He has fully embraced online improv and plays with people around the globe. Jon is a self-professed nerd and borrows techniques from Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud among others to infuse theatricality into his improv.

We’re super excited to have Jon as a member of the Nursery & Maydays online improv teaching team.

Min participants 6, max participants 12.

This intermediate elective runs Wednesday 17th February 7 – 9.30 pm GMT

Intermediate (3/6 months+) These classes will be opportunities to add tools to your growing toolbox. Normally these classes will expect players to be confident playing scenes. These classes will provide practice and specific new skills.

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.

Beginners improv interview with Jon Nguyen
Jon Nguyen Jon is an improviser based in Norwich, UK, he believes that fun, connectivity and inclusion should be present in all improv. He plays with Unbridled – A Nursery Original, The Dogface Allstars, Michelle – A Hoopla House Team, Wretched Hive Comedy, The Comediasians and The Improvised Play. He has appeared at the Edinburgh...
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