MAD Academy is MAD Improv’s educational arm – offering classes, workshops, team building, you name it! For 2018’s winter term we’re continuing the GREEN and BLUE courses! We’re also welcoming a new teacher: Jackie Koester!
The basics of improv theatre with a curriculum oriented toward building skills. Exercises and games are designed to unleash your creativity and increase your ability to respond to anything on stage, and in life, with confidence. We’ll introduce tricks for spontaneity, improving focus and listening and basic improv terms. Improv games like those seen on stages around the world will help you sharpen your techniques and share your imagination with an audience. This also equips you with the fundamental knowledge for a further study of improv. OPEN TO ALL IMPROV LEVELS! ENGLISH skills at B2 level requested. Lead teacher: Jackie. Tuesdays 8:30-11pm BEGINS January 16 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 12.
Our next-level BLUE course focuses on acting for improv. Bring multi-faceted, compelling characters to life on stage and use them to drive your stories. Prerequisite: some IMPROV experience. ENGLISH skills at a B2 level or higher. Lead teacher: Steve. Mondays 7:30-10pm BEGINS January 15. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 11.
Music Improv Basics: This crash course in the fundamentals of music for improv takes you from zero to an improvised musical scene over the course of two days. We begin by breaking down fears of “having a bad voice” and adding singing to your improv toolkit. More advanced activities involve breaking down song structure, developing choreography and blending music into scenes. Prerequisite: a year of improv experience. DATE TBA
Kansas native actor and comedian, Jackie earned a degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Kansas, studying under Paul Meier, founder and director of the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA). While at University, she managed the first student theatre as Artistic Director of the Multicultural Theatre Initiative as well as participating in several improvisational troupes. After graduating, she worked in casting for film, television, and commercials at Wright-Laird Casting and then moved to Chicago, where she worked in casting at the Goodman Theatre. In Chicago, she studied improvisational comedy at Second City and studied/performed at iO (Improv Olympic) under Dave Asher, Susan Messing, Craig Uhlir, and Noah Gregoropoulos as well as collaborating with theatre company Collaboraction. Focusing on long form improv and drawn to the playfulness of improv, Jackie specializes in the truth of the moment in improv and creating interesting, realistic characters onstage.
“Jackie was great at explaining & motivating.”
A performer for over 20 years, Steve developed his improv at the London International School of Performing Arts as well as with teachers such as John Wright, author of, “Why Is That So Funny?” As a specialist in physical comedy, clowning and devised theatre he’s created touring theatre shows with the likes of UK’s Lone Twin and Blah, Blah, Blah as well as with his own company, Abort Comedy. He takes pleasure in the unexpected and the silly.
“Steve made me feel totally at ease. What a lot of fun!”
“Really enjoyed Steve’s sessions! His feedback during the games and scenes we did was very useful and always opened up different possibilities to run with…”
“Stimulating and challenging without feeling I was out of my depth.”
Summer is a Californian-born theatre-maker and writer. Landing on improv for its heightening of the immediacy of theatre, she started performing with
ComedySportz Berlin and then founded the Berlin English Improv Network to host travelling improvisers from around the world. She has studied at the Second City summer institute in Chicago, with Bassprov’s Joe Bill, and Kevin and Amber from Dad’s Garage. Her focus in performance is on long-form character improvisation and musical improv. Summer founded MAD Improv’s bi-monthly open-stage jams and the inaugural MAD Academy class “Superfood”. She’s now the director of MAD Academy. Her website is summerabanks.de
“Summer was able to meet each of exactly where we were at so no-one felt left behind. Her instructions were clear and her feedback constructive and inspiring; the hallmarks of an excellent teacher.”
“Summer’s ridiculously nurturing, dynamic, and very open.”
All our classes include an end-of-course showing as well as free admission to MAD jams. Each student also receives a free ticket to one of the MAD shows at Escalera de Jacob per term. Date may depend on availability and tickets must be reserved in advance. The GREEN and BLUE courses meet weekly for 10 sessions. Class locations in Madrid centre.
Full fee for the course is 150 EUR, which may be paid in two installments of 75€. Discount for full payment at the first session. The first session may be booked as a trial session for just 10 EUR. The fees for weekend intensives begin at 75 EUR for 10 hours of instruction.
Work student program: Want to take a course but financial issues are holding you back? Ask about opportunities to work off some of the tuition.
Registration deadline is 12.01. for the GREEN course and 11.01. for BLUE. You can register for either the trial session or full course by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, WhatsApp contact (if applicable), improv experience (if applicable) and preference to pay either in full or in installments.
Participation in MAD Academy events is at the participant’s own risk. MAD Improv and the respective instructors assume no liability. By registering for an activity, participants also agree to respect the other participants’ physical limitations and avoid taking actions that might lead to physical injury.