WORKSHOPS

Workshops are held at Tammerkosken Koulutalo (Rautatienkatu 3-5)

This year we have 10 amazing instructors who will be teaching over 24 workshops between them. There are workshops for every level of improviser, from beginner to professional, and everyone in between. We are very excited about the top-notch workshops we have on offer this year. As always, we have tried to select an array of workshops spanning a variety of different subjects.

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WORKSHOP INFORMATION

FiiF Workshops are broken down into four experience levels.
These are suggestions set by the Instructors to help players understand what to expect from the workshop.

BEGINNER
0 – 1 Years of Training and Little or No Performance Experience

INTERMEDIATE
1 – 3 Years of Training and Some Performance Experience

ADVANCED
2 – 6 Years of Training and Extensive Performance Experience

PROFESSIONAL
5 or More Years of Training and Professional Performance Experience

FiiF Workshops are broken down into five categories.
These categories are guidelines designed to help you make a decision on which workshop is best for you.

SCENIC
Approaches to Building and Developing Scene Work

CHARACTER
Tools to Enhance Character Development

DYNAMIC
A Focus on Dynamics Between Performers & Their Surroundings

DEVELOPMENT
Techniques to Help Improvisers Develop and Blossom

STRUCTURE
A Breakdown of Show Formats and Structures

WORKSHOP PRICES

3-HOUR WORKSHOPS

35€

6-HOUR WORKSHOPS

65€

WEDNESDAY

JUNE 13, 2018

10:30 – 13:30

LAURA DOORNEWEERD - SENSING FOR DUMMIES

SOLD OUT!

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Character

This workshop is about feeling. Nothing emotional or navel-gazing: this will just be about the sense of touch.

We are going to experiment with fun, physical exercises that will help develop your character work. What will happen to your movement if you tape 4 fingers together? And which character is a result from wearing a silky scarf?

This workshop is inspired by Somatic Costumes and will give you easy, clear techniques of getting connected to your body and be more present. You will discover what sensing will do with your impro. Expect to do little thinking, lots of moving, listen to music and just leap, discover and feel.

TOM TOLLENAERE - PROTAGONISTS, ANTAGONISTS & SIDEKICKS

SOLD OUT

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Character, Narrative

When exposition is done well, scenes tend to run effortlessly. But when it is not clear who the characters are, or when the dynamics between those characters are vague, scenes tend to suffer. This workshop focuses on the setup of scenes, and on creating tension between the characters.

You will learn about protagonists, antagonists & two types of sidekick characters. We will learn to identify our type of character while we are playing it, and learn to detect which additional types of characters might help or hinder the scene. The end result is scene setups that have instant tension, rather than instant trouble.

This is a very practical, hands-on workshop, in which you will get plenty of stage time. You can also expect a bit of solo workouts. Techniques covered are great fun to play with and can be applied to any type or style of improv.

14:30 – 17:30

KAREEM BADR - VILLAINY: BEING BAD ON STAGE

SOLD OUT

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Character, Dynamics, Development

Learn how fun it is to be bad. This workshop will teach you how to play downright evil characters on stage that the audience will love to hate. It’s easy enough to play a 2-dimensional bad guy, but for true evil to shine in all its dark glory, your characters must be rooted in truth, and be unique individuals.

Learn to:
– Create a fully fleshed out origin for your villain
– React properly to evil actions done on stage
– Make your monsters more human
– Treat dark moments with the respect and patience they deserve

ROY JANIK - CHASE THE BALL
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics

Learn to control the audience’s focus by becoming deliberate with your own. You will experience a series of exercises designed to hone your attention and heighten your awareness of yourself, the scene, and your ensemble as a whole. From twoperson scenes to huge group scenes, you’ll know exactly what’s happening with every person on stage.

Put another way: Think of the focus of a scene as a physical ball of glowing energy. If you’re talking about something that’s happening elsewhere, that’s where the ball is. If you’re discussing a past or future event, the ball has warped through time and is now there. So what do you do in a scene if the ball gets away from you? You either coax it back in, or you chase it.

KACI BEELER - ROMANCE & INTIMACY ON STAGE
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Acting Tools

Want to go deeper with your characters and relationships in improv? Want to get comfortable touching and being touched by your fellow actors onstage? Whether you’re playing a husband and wife, brother and sister, or doctor and patient, you’re portraying an intimate relationship on stage – and the wealth of possibilities are endless as long as you truly connect with your partner.

While we can’t create an entire backstory for every relationship we portray onstage, we can convey greater emotional weight and depth by allowing true humanity to shine through in our scene work. Close those distances on stage and get closer, you’ll feel more deeply connected to your scene partners and, surprisingly enough, yourself.

10:30 – 17:30

KIKI HOHNEN - IMPROV & PSYCHOLOGY

SOLD OUT

LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY: Character

This workshop uses three aspects of psychological theory to help deepen your character work:
First, we use Leary’s Rose to explore the dynamics of a two-person relationship, simultaneously play with status and connection. It sounds vague, but I promise you it’s a ton of fun (Leary is the dude who experimented with LSD at Harvard…)

Next, we use the personality traits from the NEO-PI to give you some fun tools to build realistic characters with. Channel your inner neuroticism, or be as agreeable as you can. How self-conscious can you be as a character on stage?

The final part of the workshop explores Axis 2 of the DSM – personality. We go through the theory and brainstorm the characters we know from books, film, and tv that fit the various profiles – you’ve seen a lot of them on Game of Thrones. We practice with our own versions of these personalities to explore how we can bring them to life on stage.

THURSDAY

JUNE 14, 2018

10:30 – 13:30

MARTINA PAVONE - IMPROVOCAL
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Music

ImproVVocal is a vocal journey about discovering your real voice, its colours, how to use it and the magic of using it to vocalimprovise stories in many different ways in your scenes.

The Vvoice is an instrument. When you can learn how to control it, you will be able to use it as a musical soundtrack, as well as an active and perceptive protagonist in your storytelling. In this workshop, voice, word and body become one, as we journey from Circle Singing to Improvised A Cappella Vocal Orchestra, and explore different uses of Music with Improv through spontaneous exploration of vocal/musical tools.

TOM TOLLENAERE - ANTIFACTUAL STORYTELLING

SOLD OUT!

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Character, Narrative, Dynamics

As improvisers we invent stories; with training we get good at that. But telling a story is merely stating facts in an ordered way. This workop explicitly steers us away from facts, and towards other elements that make a story great.

The first part of the workshop focuses on characters. If we know the driving force behind the character, then we already know how it will – logically – react to anything you throw at it. We work on offers that play into what the character does or does not want and a story will develop automatically.

The second part focuses on things that may not be true: opinions, suspicions, preconceptions, hunches, etc. We learn to offer these as gifts to our co-players. It is great fun to set up stuff purposely for your co-players to muck about with. These are great tools for any style of improv!

14:30 – 17:30

NICK BYRNE - BEYOND CREATIVITY

SOLD OUT

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Character, Dynamics, Development, Structure, Mindset

Your mind is a limitless stream of material, most of which you do not access or reveal to others. There are no ‘mental blanks’, only your choice, whether to listen to what is already in your head, and use it, or not. This is what makes you human, vulnerable, fascinating, and beautiful. It is what people will LOVE you for.

Beyond Creativity will help you release this unrivalled honesty, then re-incorporate it into scene work, to become a new way of communicating our inner reality, or simply building stronger emotional reactions in scenes, making both drama and comedy more truthful to an audience.

This work takes us beyond the intent to create, towards enjoying a deeper, more surprising self, as an extra skill-set in our improvisers’ tool box, useful in both short and long form.

LAURA DOORNEWEERD - HEART SURGERY FOR DUMMIES
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character

In this workshop you will learn how to bluff every profession. I will teach you the jargon of the mail sorter, the instruments of a surgeon or the technique of a sniper. All this will no longer be a secret for you.

In this workshop we will analyze a variety of different professions, focusing on language, movement, and attitudes of the tradesmiths. This is a very useful workshop to help bring more depth to your characters on stage! And as an added bonus, you will learn to smoothly combine movement and acting, improving your conviction while playing these character roles.

10:30 – 17:30

ROY JANIK - CREATING BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS
LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Dynamics, Development

Great theatre is made up of great moments. We don’t have the luxury of re-writes and planning in improv, but that doesn’t mean we can’t treat each moment on stage with importance and weight.

In this workshop, you will learn to give even your smallest moves the attention they deserve, read your scene partner’s subtlest offers, and fulfill the promises your scene choices make to the audience. Get out of your head and kickstart your new journey into delighting audiences and yourself with some surprisingly effective tips and techniques.

FRIDAY

JUNE 15, 2018

10:30 – 13:30

ROY JANIK - CHASE THE BALL
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics

Learn to control the audience’s focus by becoming deliberate with your own. You will experience a series of exercises designed to hone your attention and heighten your awareness of yourself, the scene, and your ensemble as a whole. From twoperson scenes to huge group scenes, you’ll know exactly what’s happening with every person on stage.

Put another way: Think of the focus of a scene as a physical ball of glowing energy. If you’re talking about something that’s happening elsewhere, that’s where the ball is. If you’re discussing a past or future event, the ball has warped through time and is now there. So what do you do in a scene if the ball gets away from you? You either coax it back in, or you chase it.

KAREEM BADR - VILLAINY: BEING BAD ON STAGE

SOLD OUT!

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Character, Dynamics, Development

Learn how fun it is to be bad. This workshop will teach you how to play downright evil characters on stage that the audience will love to hate. It’s easy enough to play a 2-dimensional bad guy, but for true evil to shine in all its dark glory, your characters must be rooted in truth, and be unique individuals.

Learn to:
– Create a fully fleshed out origin for your villain
– React properly to evil actions done on stage
– Make your monsters more human
– Treat dark moments with the respect and patience they deserve

14:30 – 17:30

MORGAN MANSOURI - THE PHYSICAL COMEDIAN

SOLD OUT

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development

This workshop explores ways of using the human body as a tool for comedy and storytelling. Many shows have arrived at a stage where improvisers are only describing what they are doing without really playing it. In the search for comedy, it is easy to forget that body language is universal, and we can use our bodies to speak, instead of always relying on verbal language. This workshop will prove that it is not necessary to speak to be able to create stories, to transmit emotions, and connect with your audience.

In this workshop you will learn a variety of tricks and techniques from the world of mime and clowning, and show how they can be used to create realistic objects and environments on stage.

TRENT PANCY - GAME FOR WHAT
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Dynamics, Development

There seems to be a lot of European eye-rolling at the idea of game-based improvisation. This workshop shines a light on the benefits of understanding game, and how we can use it in any kind of scene, and for any kind of show. There is a lot of value in identifying the patterns we create on stage, and using them to push our show forward. This workshop combines a UCB-style approach to Game with a Chicago relationship-based approach to scene work. We’ll learn how to organically find the game of the scene, heighten it, and then spend time exploring the consequences of the world we just created together. We’ll then focus on how the rules of this world affect the characters living there, rather than abandoning that world in search of another game.

10:30 – 17:30

NICK BYRNE - UNCONDITIONAL IMPROV

SOLD OUT!

LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Dynamics, Development, Mindset

How much do you really care about your scene partner? Concerned with the idea that we know we want to embrace the offers of others, “Unconditional Improv” has a focus on our scene partner, listening, observing, endowing them, etc, BUT these are practical measures to emulate actually caring about them. They do work: we do end up caring more about each other, and focussing on each other, but we can also do a range of work that more directly and honestly causes us to genuinely care about our scene partners, our audience, and ourselves, so that practical skillsets like embracing their offers and endowing them will occur completely naturally by default.

Unconditional Improv is a platform for good performance and for healthy group dynamics that influence good performance.

SATURDAY

JUNE 16, 2018

10:30 – 13:30

MORGAN MANSOURI - THE PHYSICAL COMEDIAN

SOLD OUT

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development

This workshop explores ways of using the human body as a tool for comedy and storytelling. Many shows have arrived at a stage where improvisers are only describing what they are doing without really playing it. In the search for comedy, it is easy to forget that body language is universal, and we can use our bodies to speak, instead of always relying on verbal language. This workshop will prove that it is not necessary to speak to be able to create stories, to transmit emotions, and connect with your audience.

In this workshop you will learn a variety of tricks and techniques from the world of mime and clowning, and show how they can be used to create realistic objects and environments on stage.

NICK BYRNE - THE SECRET

SOLD OUT


LENGTH:
3 Hours

LEVEL: All

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Development, Structure, Mindset

This joyful workshop plays on the joke question asked by so many improvisers; “What’s the secret of improv?”.

Of course, there’s no one secret, and different ideas connect with different improvisers to help them become the best they can be. This workshop is simply a list of the exercises that Nick thinks are the most awesome examples of great improvisation that he has collected or developed over the years. These exercises encapsulate the most valuable concepts, and allow themselves to be achieved effortlessly and joyfully. They are the ones in which the most previous students have experienced that ‘wow’ factor, that inspires them to see themselves in a new light. It is an improv massage to rejuvenate and motivate you to reach new heights.

KAREEM BADR - INTRO TO IMPROVISED PLAYS
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate

CATEGORY: Character, Development, Structure, Narrative

This workshop will break down the process to improvising complete stories, regardless of genre and tone. Along the way it will demonstrate that narrative-based improv can be just as intuitive, joyous, and surprising as other improvisational forms. Students taking this workshop will learn a simple structure that all stories intrinsically follow and discover how to make use of that structure without it getting in the way. They will also learn how to identify and build the main character of a story, and what to do with that character once they know who they are.

KACI BEELER - ROMANCE & INTIMACY ON STAGE

SOLD OUT

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Acting Tools

Want to go deeper with your characters and relationships in improv? Want to get comfortable touching and being touched by your fellow actors onstage? Whether you’re playing a husband and wife, brother and sister, or doctor and patient, you’re portraying an intimate relationship on stage – and the wealth of possibilities are endless as long as you truly connect with your partner.

While we can’t create an entire backstory for every relationship we portray onstage, we can convey greater emotional weight and depth by allowing true humanity to shine through in our scene work. Close those distances on stage and get closer, you’ll feel more deeply connected to your scene partners and, surprisingly enough, yourself.

14:30 – 17:30

KIKI HOHNEN - DO IT AGAIN
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginners, Intermediate,

CATEGORY: Scenic

In improv class and rehearsals, we often get feedback after the scene is done, giving us little to no chance of incorporating the notes immediately.

This workshop has you rewind the scene, trying different skills and playing with them immediately to see where they take you. Kiki helps you notice the patterns you get stuck in and offers plenty of side coaching to help you get the most of out your rehearsal time.

MARTINA PAVONE - SINGING FOR DUMMIES
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Music

Singing for dummies is meant to be a singing workshop for improvisors who are always scared or not comfortable to sing on the stage. I believe that the voice is the most powerful instrument we have to communicate and when we sing and free our real voice we can feel like superheroes expressing all our emotions and make all our improvisations sounds good.

When we improvise we may need to sing in a game, support some soloists, make some background music or even try a musical format! So if you want to learn some little tricks in order to sing in your improv shows without fear, be brave and come to work on it!

TOM TOLLENEARE - INTRO TO IMPROVISED SINGING

SOLD OUT!

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Music

A well-performed song can really spice up an improv performance. However, even seasoned improvisers sometimes shy away from singing. In this workshop we focus on creating and performing improvised songs, and the good news is that anyone can do it! We will prove in this workshop that each of us has been so immersed in (western) pop music, that we all unconsciously know ‘the rules’ of pop music. This workshop will help you unlock this unconscious knowledge.

No prior musical improv experience is needed. You don’t need a good singing voice, you can be tone-deaf and rhythmically challenged. We’ll still make you sing (and shine). In this workshop you can expect to learn:
– What to sing about
– How to make a song stick
– How to create song structures
– How to create a variety of melody and rhythm
– When (not to) rhyme
– How and when to sing together in duets and group songs

ROY JANIK - POSITIVITY, PLAYFULLNESS, & THE SECOND SHOW

SOLD OUT!

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All

CATEGORY: Scenic, Development

Agreement is a powerful and important element of improv. This workshop showcases how starting positive, staying on the same team, and beginning with agreement can propel you into a fun scene before you know it! Focus on staying together even during arguments and what might otherwise be considered negative scenarios.

We’ll be exploring techniques to combat the tendency we have as improvisers to introduce conflict willy-nilly. Simultaneously, we’ll be attacking playfulness with a vengeance… how to “follow the fun”, give your partner a good time, and sew mischief. Lastly, we’ll build an awareness of “The Second Show” concept- the idea that there are actually two things to watch with every improv show: 1) the scenes that are happening and 2) the relationship of the improvisers on stage.