Improv Classes and Courses

“Pretty much the most satisfying, most fun improv course I’ve ever been on.” Ray Dann

The Nursery run a huge selection of courses, workshops and jams to fit in with you! Our free monthly Puddle Jumping class is ideal for beginners to get a taster of what improv is all about, or why not bite the bullet and sign up for our short beginners’ classes, ‘Making A Scene: An Introduction To Improv’? If you’re unable to commit on a weekly basis we have two Maydays Drop-in classes every Wednesday and Saturday, which are suitable for all levels. For more experienced improvises there are a range of longer courses and electives, and we regularly host classes with international teachers. Our queer improv group QI opens its rehearsals to new improvisers for free every two months and we also have our free monthly Fourth Monday Muckabout for improvisers to test out new ideas. If you fancy getting up on stage our weekly jam Thursday Night Lights is the perfect place to give it a go in a fun, supportive, low-pressure environment. So, come and play!

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Regular classes and jams

 


Courses

The Nursery Summer Intensive

(Monday to Friday 27th to 31st August 11am-4pm, £215, £185 Early Bird)

Upgrade your improv and improve your summer with the Nursery Summer Intensive, a week of cooperation, exploration and laughter. Come spend five days building your team and your skills at the Nursery Training Centre in London Bridge.

The Nursery’s style of improv empowers the improviser. We give you the skills to play the scenes you want to play, when and how you want to play them. We combine freewheeling joy with gentle, connected play. Learn to delight your partner by looking after yourself.

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Making a Scene: An introduction to improvisation

(Four weeks courses throughout the Autumn, Tuesdays 7-10pm, £95, £80 Early Bird)
The Nursery ‘Making a Scene’ courses are groundings in the core principles and techniques of improvisation. In a supportive, fun environment, you will be guided through improvised scenes and games in a way which is accessible and friendly, whatever your background. You will create characters and stories both realistic and bizarre and find how the fun can come slowly and organically or quickly and impulsively. And you will laugh long and hard. Guaranteed.

 

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Making a Show: Duos

(Eight Wednesdays from 12th September, 7-10pm, £160, £140 Early Bird)
It’s just you and me, kid.
Twoprov, or duo shows are simply shows with two improvisers in. It’s as simple and as complex as that. Ranging from the Two-Man Movie, to Bassprov, the art of a duo is to create a show that is so personal to the two of you that no one else could ever have made it.There is no one else to please and no one else to satisfy.

 

 

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Making a Show: Organic Longform

(Six Wednesdays from 31st October, 7-10pm, £120, £105 Early Bird)
The Nursery ‘Making a Scene’ courses are groundings in the core principles and techniques of improvisation. In a supportive, fun environment, you will be guided through improvised scenes and games in a way which is accessible and friendly, whatever your background. You will create characters and stories both realistic and bizarre and find how the fun can come slowly and organically or quickly and impulsively. And you will laugh long and hard. Guaranteed.

 

 

 

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International Guests and one-off classes

Women’s workshops

Monthly workshops for non-male identifying improvisers of all levels, taught by some of the most prominent and experienced improvisers in the country.


Kevin Scott

(9th August 7-10pm and 11th August 10am-4pm)
Kevin Scott is the founder of three renowned improv ensembles in the States. Kevin has been an educator and director for The Second City Training Center and People’s Improv Theater. We grabbed him during his summer holidays for two exclusive workshops.

Action Improv

Comic Devices

 


David Razowsky: Putting it all together/With each other, for each other

(Two one-week intensives Monday to Friday 10.30am-5pm, starting 3rd and 10th September 2018)
David Razowsky has a very simple approach to strong impro scenes: Your presence is the only thing you need to create compelling, smart, truthful, and surprising scenes. Period. No games, no preconceived premises, no ideas, no ego. Just now matters. It’s what has inspired many to call him an “impro guru.”

 

The art of the ensemble (for those who have worked with Dave before)

Putting it all together (for those who have not worked with Dave before)