Our improv masterclasses
In addition to our weekly courses, ImproBubble regularly invites internationally renown improvisors to Brussels in order to share their insights with both our students and the wider Belgian improv community via tailor made masterclasses.
Noah Levin started drama classes at summer camp in the woods of Northern California and hasn’t looked back since, attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Education, teaching drama (at secondary schools and summer camps), and studying Improv at the People’s Improv Theatre and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York.
As co-Director of Barcelona Improv Group and The Barcelona Improv Group International Festival (The BIG IF), Noah currently teaches several levels of improv classes and leads workshops in theatre, creativity, teamwork, and employee training for adults and students. He has taught theatre professionally since 2001, sharing the love of play and creation to thousands of children and adults.
Character Creation Toolkit
Sunday, June 23, 11:00-14:00
In this fun 3 hour workshop, participants will practice creating full and dynamic characters, imbue them with history, and play them for the duration of a scene. This workshop is physical and mental, challenging the actor to inhabit the character in a variety of ways. Actors will practice several methods of finding character quickly and believably.
Lisa Rowland is a San Francisco-based improvisor, teacher and trainer. She is a company member at BATS Improv, as well as a founding member of Improv Playhouse of San Francisco and Awkward Dinner Party. She teaches improvisation on the faculty of the BATS School of Improv, as well as at Stanford University’s Theatre department where, as a student many years ago, she had the pleasure of studying improv with Patricia Ryan Madson, author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up (go buy this book – you won’t regret it!).
The Bechdel Test
Tuesday, July 2 (@ The Sister Cafe) & Wednesday, July 3 (@ ImproBubble), 19:00-22:00
Our world of fictional stories seems to belong to men. Statistics show that the vast majority of lead roles, spoken lines, and screen time end up going to male characters. When women show up in fictional stories, they tend to be shallow, uni-dimensional accessories in a man’s narrative!
And in spite of our limitless possibilities as improvisors, we can tend to perpetuate these patterns when creating improvised stories as well.
The Bechdel Test* is a format developed in response to the ways that women, specifically, show up (or don’t show up) in popular stories. Taking a non-linear approach to storytelling, The Bechdel Test aims to create full-bodied, complicated, multi-faceted female characters and places them at the centers of their own stories. Asking “what else” instead of “what comes next?” The Bechdel Test highlights the seemingly contrasting elements in characters’ lives, leading us to put women on stage who have nuance and depth. Just like us. This is a workshop for both men and women and will focus on skills of patience, support, and emotional truth.
*The Bechdel Test is a set of criteria codified by American cartoonist Alison Bechdel which asks if, in any work of fiction, there is at least one scene where two women talk to one another about something other than a man. A shocking number of popular films and stories fail this test.
Heather Urquart (September 29)
Jim Libby & Jacob Banigan (October 27)
Caspar Schjelbred (November 24)