New! Improvisation Workshop

A new 6-part Workshop with John Dawson.

Improvisation develops creativity, confidence, collaboration skills, and
spontaneity.  In addition to being a mode of live performance, it can be
used as a tool to create characters and develop original stories. For
actors, it is a very necessary skill set for auditioning and can be part of
a rehearsal process to explore written text and characterization.

In this six-part beginner/intermediate level workshop, participants
rediscover their natural ability to ‘play’ while exploring collaborative
games, exercises, and techniques used by North America’s Second City
Theatre, the forerunner and principal casting pool of long running hit TV
shows ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’
This is perfect for both the trained performer who wants to stretch and
expand their abilities as well as the curious who want to explore new
creative experiences and meet new people.

WHEN:  6 Wednesday evening classes, starting: September 18th to and including Wed. October 23rd
WHERE:  4 Manor Street, Dublin 7 (Stoneybatter area)
CLASS TIMES: 7:15pm to 10:00pm
COST: €195.00 total  (€180.00 for full time students and for groups of 3 or more)
A €95.00 non-refundable deposit is required to enroll – due no later than Wed. Sept 4th

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 Saturday Night Live.  John has been teaching
master-classes and workshops in improv, characterization, scene study, audition technique and on-camera acting for over 22 years in three countries. He has taught hundreds of actors and comics at his own Dublin studio 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 last year including 5 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.

“I have studied improv in North America and Europe, and John Dawson 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, NYC and formerly w/ The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NYC

“We at Trinity saw the benefit of John’s work as did everyone he taught. He’s a great teacher who engages with students in a fantastic and practical way.”
ANDY CROOK, former course co-coordinator – Professional Actor Training Programme, Trinity College, Dublin

“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



You Talk Funny – Stand Up Comedy Launch Pad – 6 weekly workshops!

September 23rd

Tuesdays 6-9 pm – at Anseo Pub, Camden Street.
Non Refundable Deposit – 50€
6 week workshop 300€
*** Early Bird Price 250€

Tutor – Ciaran McMahon
More info: Send Ciaran a message to You talk funny/ Facebook.*F

This workshop is ideally geared for anyone who has never performed stand up before. It is also for anyone who is interested in writing a brand new Set. Many people may have experience in other fields of performance/ public speaking. In all aspects of communication – corporate, professional, or public, this will be the best way to learn CONNECTION, CHARISMA and DELIVERY
which will add to any speech, presentation or performance.

This will be a closed workshop of max 10 committed people – so we have time to progressively develop your material over six weekly classes of three hours, developing your skills, confidence and material.
Small classes – great results.