IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP- A NEW, SIX-PART, WORKSHOP WITH JOHN DAWSON
Participants with past improv training and performance experience will work through more challenging exercises and games to further develop and fine-tune intuitive, razor-sharp improv skills. There is an emphasis on narrative structure and creating unique, engaging characters in long form improvs developed at improv guru Del Close’s iO Theatre in Chicago including the Armando, Goon River, etc. The elements of narrative such as plot, theme, conflict and resolution are emphasized and explored so that storytelling skills are developed.
Participants will explore characterization techniques developed by Rudolf Laban, Stella Adler, Keith Johnston, and Rudolph Laban. Comedic styles such as satire, absurdity, and clowning are explored and utilized. The workshop concludes with a live performance at the Battle of the Axe Comedy event at the Ha’Penny Bridge Tavern, Temple Bar, Dublin.
WHEN: 6 Wednesday classes – starts Weds. October 31st – running to and including Weds. December 5th
WHERE: 4 Manor Street, Dublin 7 (Stoneybatter area)
CLASS TIMES: 7:15 PM to 10 PM
COST: €190.00 total (€175.00 for full time students and for groups of 3 or more)
A €90.00 non-refundable/non- transferable deposit is required to enroll
John Dawson studied under improv guru Del Close while training in improv at N. America’s famous Second City Theatre, the forerunner and principal casting pool for TV shows Saturday Night Live and Whose Line Is It Anyway? John has been teaching master-classes and workshops in improv, characterization, scene study, audition technique and on-camera acting for over 21 years in three countries. He has taught hundreds of actors and comics including members of Dublin’s Craic Pack, Cork’s Snatch Comedy troupe, Limerick’s Choke Comedy and many more in his own Dublin workshop and at Dublin’s Gaiety School of Acting, The Actors Centre in London, The Galway Film Centre, and Toronto’s Equity Showcase Theatre. He taught ﬁlm acting for over 6 years at Trinity College’s Samuel Beckett Centre. John’s own Dublin-based improv troupe ‘Mondo Bizarro’ performed regularly around N.Ireland and the Republic, concluding with 5 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.
“I have studied improv in North America and Europe, and John is by far the most energetic and enthusiastic teacher with whom I have ever had the pleasure of studying. His exercises pinpoint weaknesses that we improvers may have never known how to tackle. He knows exactly how to loosen up the performers. It’s no wonder his name became famous in the “underground” improv scene in Dublin, he’s the best.” NATALIE PLAZA, performer w/ Annoyance Theatre Co and formerly with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NYC
“Performers who’ve trained with John have a definite edge because they can adapt to handle the toughest audiences.” TONY FERNS, producer, ‘Battle of the Axe’ Comedy Club, Dublin
“We at Trinity saw the benefit of John’s work as did all who he taught. He’s a great teacher who engages with students in a fantastic and practical way.” ANDY CROOK, former course co-ordinator – Professional Actor Training Programme, Trinity College, Dublin
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