MAD Academy is MAD Improv’s educational arm – offering classes, workshops, team building, you name it! For 2017’s spring term we’re proud to announce that the GREEN course is returning and we’re adding weekend courses!
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: Steve. THURSDAYS 7:30-10pm BEGINS April 20. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 17.
A weekend focused on storytelling. We break down the structures of compelling narratives and look at the building blocks of this utterly human form of communication. You‘ll learn how to collaborate in real time, expanding on improv fundamentals to tell tales never told. Themes include third-person narration, various forms of monologues and the importance of physicality. The final show will focus on an Armando-style long-form. Prerequisite: some improv experience. DATE TBA
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
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. Steve performs in Madrid with Freshly Comedy, the highest rated comedy show in Spain on atrapalo.com. 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. Drawn to 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 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. The GREEN course meets weekly for 10 sessions and begins on April 20th. Full fee for the course is 190 EUR, which may be paid monthly. 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. Class locations in Madrid centre.
Registration deadline is 17.04 for the GREEN course. You can register for either the trial session or full course by writing to us at email@example.com with your name, email address, whatsapp contact (if applicable), and preference to pay either in full or in monthly payments.
Participation in MAD Academy events is at the participant’s own risk. MAD Improv and the respective instructors assume no liability. Participants also agree to respect the other participants’ physical limitations and avoid taking actions that might lead to physical injury.