We’re now Improv Theatre Company

After a short time as Ground Zero Improv, we’ve changed our name back to Improv Theatre Company (ITC).

A few months ago we changed our name from Improv Theatre Company to Ground Zero Improv. We registered the name, got the domain name, did all the new art and marketing materials, and created appropriate social media presences etc. We love the name, in many ways it reflects our beliefs, influences and vision for this amazing craft we love so much.

We went ahead knowing the connotations of “ground zero” in the U.S., but thinking surely this whole phrase isn’t reserved in the modern zeitgeist for just 9/11 related stuff? Surely? Especially when Michael Bloomberg and others similarly positioned to sense public opinion, said as long ago as 2011 that the term “ground zero” should no longer be used in relation to 9/11? Especially when there are many other ground zero named companies in the U.S. including in the arts.

Well, we was wrong. Some of the feedback we’ve had is that “ground zero” still carries connotations that even make some people in Sydney uncomfortable with being involved with it. This saddens us not just because of all the changes we now have to make all over again, and not because surely some U.S. political event can’t lay claim to complete global ownership of a simple English phase, but above all because we don’t want people to be uncomfortable, we want them to have super fun awesomeness!

So we’re sorry to anyone our name change may have offended or turned off, and we’ve now changed it back again to Improv Theatre Company.

Come and learn long form improv with us, we’re the only ones who teach improvisation inside out and from the ground up. Regardless of your previous improv experience, we promise that our insights will blow your mind.

Inside Long Form Improvisation – Level 2 – August 2014

This 8 week course focuses on advanced scenework for long form improv. You’ll learn how scenes work on the inside, what makes a good scene, how to discover a great scene in a bad one, and a bunch of acting and related skills you won’t learn in other workshops.

The class size is intentionallly small to allow many hours performing and exploring scenes and new techniques, and includes lots of personal feedback and coaching.

To apply for this course you must have either completed my Inside Long Form Improvisation Level 1, or have initially learnt to improvise in Chicago, L.A., New York or similar.

Course begins 26 August 2014 and runs for 3 hours each Tuesday evening at 7pm for 8 weeks, at a cost of $245 INC GST.

Note that The Harold will not be taught or performed in this course.

David Razowsky improv workshop Sydney 21 July 2014

This workshop is now full.

David Razowsky is one of the top teachers of theatrical improvisation and acting, and will be the most experienced Chicago improvisor ever to teach a workshop in Sydney. He was Artistic Director of Second City LA for many years, and has worked with iO, Steppenwolf, Dreamworks, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago, and of course Second City, amongst many others. He’s been called “the guru of improvisation, and an improvisor’s improvisor”, who connects the mindfulness of Buddhism with improvisation’s core principals of being in the moment, taking care of your partner, and groundedness.

David Razowsky’s CV

We are very lucky to have him for a single 3 hour workshop in Sydney on the evening of Monday 21 July 2014, as a quick stop over on his way back from Improvention. This unique workshop will focus on Dave’s passion for presence and groundedness, but will also be tailored to the Sydney improvisors who come to the workshop, so it won’t be the same as Improvention if you’re already booked into those.

The cost is $70 INC GST, and he’s limited the number of participants to 16 so you get more working with Dave time.

If you want to come to this workshop, then please send your interest through our contact form. Minimum level of experience is roughly the first few levels of Impro Australia’s courses, or equivalent improvisation in acting experience, but Dave tells us he’s very flexible. Whatever level you’re at, you will get something out of this course. Some knowledge of Chicago style preferred, but not required. If you’ve done our Inside Long Form Improvisation course then you are uniquely positioned to get the most out of Dave’s workshop.

Spaces will fill up very quickly, so act now or you will miss out. Dave only has time for one workshop before he flies back to the U.S., so this is it.

Feel free to send this to anyone else who might be interested. But we recommend only after you’ve booked yourself in first! 🙂

Inside Long Form Improvisation course – starts February 2014

This course has already finished.

COURSE: Inside Long Form Improvisation
WHEN: Monday evenings 10 Feb 2014 through to 31 Mar 2014 inclusive (8 weeks).
COST: $185 INC GST
LOCATION: Inner west of Sydney, Australia
TEACHER: Richard Bennett

What will it cover?

This fun and information rich course will: provide you with a more grounded and holistic approach to long form improvisation than is taught elsewhere; introduce and experiment with the core principles of the various styles of long form improvisation (many of which aren’t taught in Sydney); identify and help you unlearn incorrect techniques that you may have learnt in other workshops/courses and that are most likely holding you back; and will spend a lot of time improvising and perfecting scene work. Whatever your skill level or experience, you will definitely learn something, and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process. There will also be an opportunity to form an ongoing performance troupe once the course is completed.

The class size will be small, and the course will be adapted to the skill levels of the participants. A minimum level of actor improvisation training or impro/improv experience is required, roughly equivalent to the first level of Impro Australia’s long form impro course (so go do that now, and tell them I sent you!). This course does not replace or compete with Impro Australia’s long form impro courses, but dives deeper into long form improv techniques, including those not regularly taught in Australia, and Richard’s own long form philosophy.

A few selected testimonials

“I’ve been to second city, I’ve had a lot of training. I rate Richard as one of the best coaches I’ve had” – Brett Jacobs

“Richard’s easy and thoughtful teaching style encourages participants to explore Chicago Longform Improvisation in a very meaningful, fun and productive way” – Anne McGrath

“Richard’s coaching helped me realise that there are offers happening every second in a scene” – Seamus McAlary

Improv for Actors – starts Oct 9

Improv for ActorsThis course has already finished.

Our new Improv for Actors course is a 7-week intensive designed with actors in mind.  This course will provide you with invaluable tools that you can use in auditions, rehearsal, and performance.

With more and more directors and casting agents throwing improv into the audition mix, you can’t afford to be caught out.  Being able to improvise may be the difference between getting that role, and hearing an indifferent “Next!”.  So be prepared, to be unprepared!

Inside Long Form Improvisation

This course has already finished.

We’re excited to pre-announce that we’ll be running a long form improvisation course this coming August/September 2013, titled “Inside Long Form Improvisation”, in response to requests by participants in our recent seminars and workshops. It will consist of 8 classes, one night per week for 8 weeks, and includes a public stage performance by the class and ongoing performance opportunities after successfully completing the course.

What will it cover?

Following on from our seminars and workshops, this course will: provide you with a more grounded and holistic approach to long form improvisation;  highlight and experiment with the core principles of the various styles of long form improvisation; identify and help you unlearn conflicting techniques that may be holding you back; and will spend a lot of time actually improvising and perfecting scene work. Whatever your skill level or experience, you will definitely learn something. There will also be the potential for forming an ongoing performance troupe once the course is completed.

The class size will be small by design, and the course will be adapted to the skill levels of the participants. A minimum level of improvisation experience is required, roughly equivalent to the first two levels of Impro Australia’s long form impro course (so go do those now, and tell them I sent you!). This course is not designed to replace or compete with Impro Australia’s long form courses, but to dive deeper into long form techniques, including various Chicago styles and my own long form philosophy. Some acting experience or actor training is preferred, but is not required.

What’s the cost?

The cost of the course will be determined by the class size and rehearsal space availability. i.e. it will be cheap by comparison to other courses of similar length, as the goal is to improve the quality of long form improvisation in Sydney, not to turn a profit.

How do I enrol?

We’re now accepting applications of interest. If you’re interested in the course, just send us a message now, stating why you would like to do it, and your improvisation and acting experience. You’ll go onto a priority list for when the course is locked in with the dates, location and cost. By contacting us now, that doesn’t mean you have to or will be able to do the course, just that you’ll be given priority when it is officially announced.