Making a Scene: an Introduction to Improvisation

“Come as you are, take a breath, be ready to relax, have fun, go home.”

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.

‘Making a Scene’ courses are all open to beginners, and each one has a different skill focus, meaning you can take one course in isolation, or come back over and over again to add new tools to your tool belt. These courses will provide you with a wide variety of techniques to help make scenes easy, relaxed and delightful by creating quick agreement and playful, hilarious cooperation. You may find yourself more confident, creative and open outside the class as you discover how the application of improv principles makes life just a little more easy and fun.

And no, you don’t have to be funny. Come as you are and we’ll do the rest!

A different way of starting improv: ‘Making a scene’ course topics.

All courses are beginner friendly and can be taken in isolation, or a sequence, building and deepening your understanding of improvised comedy and theatre.

  • Playing Emotionally (4 Tuesdays from 13th February) – Get angry, get sad, get happy. How you react doesn’t matter, but big, bold emotion reactions make for big fun scenes.
  • Playing as a Group (6 Thursdays from 15th March) – Groups games, scenes and physicality. This course work on how the improviser can be inspired not just by their partner, but by everybody onstage. This course is an excellent precursor to the Organic Longform course.
  • Playing from Nothing (4 Tuesdays from 10th April) – Why take a suggestion? This short course examines scenes without a suggestion and introduces different techniques to create varied, inspiring scenes with nothing from the audience.

The Nursery Style of improv

The Nursery style of improv is founded on an emotional, theatrical style of play. You don’t have to be an actor to play like this, though it might make you into one! We believe that everyone can be an artist and it will add to your life whether you are a programmer, a nurse, a homemaker, a student or none of the above! You don’t have to have any experience of comedy, theatre or any art-form to begin. The Nursery improv courses will help with your creativity, confidence and performance skills. You will meet new people and have a tonne of fun!

At the Nursery, we are heavily influenced by the emotional truth of iO (Chicago, IL), the delight and theatricality of the Hideout (Austin, TX) and the freewheeling play of Will Luera’s freeform as performed in Boston and more recently in Florida.

This course is suitable for those who have done some improv before and would like to ground themselves in a different style of scenework. It is also a great refresher for those who have done some improv before. If you are unsure whether this is the course for you, or have any questions drop us an email on

“Open, flexible, and light!”

The course costs £85 for four evenings 7-10pm or £115 for six evenings 7-10pm. We also offer diversity scholarships for those who are underrepresented in the improvisation community or who would be unable to afford the course.

(Photo Credits: Mark Dawson)


Book here for “Playing Emotionally”!

Book here for “Playing as a Group”!

Apply for the Jason Chin diversity scholarship

Main Teacher Biography

Jennifer Jordan trained in Acting at Bretton Hall and, after ten years of performing and workshop facilitating professionally, she then discovered improv in Vancouver where she trained & performed with Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Instant Theatre, Second Storey, and The Fictionals. Now living in London, Jennifer teaches and performs at The Nursery, with most recent shows including The Concept and The Society. She can also be seen improvising with Classic Andy, Actor’s Nightmare and Newsical.

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