WORKSHOPS & ENSEMBLES

We are very excited about the amazing workshops we have on offer this year. As always, we have tried to select an array of workshops spanning a variety of different subjects. Workshops will be available for all FiiF Players around mid-March, 4 weeks before the public sale. All FiiF players are also eligible to join our Festival Ensembles, which rehearse for 6 hours during the day and perform the same evening.

WORKSHOPS

This year we have 9 amazing instructors who will be teaching 28 workshops between them. There are workshops for every level of improviser, from beginner to professional, and everyone in between. This year’s workshops cover everything from Silent Scenes and Science Fiction, to Silly Villains and The Truth of Songs.

We are proud to offer you this wide variety of workshops at FiiF2020.
You can find all details and the schedule from this page.

ENSEMBLES

We will have 4 Coached Ensembles, where players from around the world come together to rehearse and perform a format directed by one of our 9 fantastic workshop instructors.

Rehearsals take place from 10:30-17:30 on the day of the show with a 1 hour break for lunch. Ensembles are only available to FiiF Players. There are limited places on each ensemble.

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WORKSHOP LOCATION

Workshops & Ensemble Rehearsals are held at
Tammerkosken Koulutalo, Rautatienkatu 3-5, 33100 Tampere

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 PRICE POINTS

3-HOUR WORKSHOPS – 35€

6-HOUR WORKSHOPS – 65€

COACHED ENSEMBLES – 65€

WORKSHOP & REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

JUNE 10, 2020

10:30 – 13:30

REGINA SAISI - CROWE
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Development


In this class we’ll work skill building Character, Relationship, Objective, Wheres and Emotions. These are the tools for communication to your fellow improvisers and to the audience. Starting with the skill-building exercises the students will learn the value of knowing who, what, where and why to create a vibrant scene.

Goals:
-To endow character, relationship and locations for scene work.
-To accept character offers and become that person.
-To clearly state relationship and how relationship will add to the scene.
-To identify objectives and learn how you can use them.
-To work with emotion and see how it helps build a scene.

To have fulfilling scenes In this class, we’ll learn:
-To create a character using many tools including inanimate objects, animals and famous people.
-To build inspiring locations and see what inspires your fellow improvisers
-To find your objective quickly
-To get at least two of the three CROWE offers established at the top of the scene
-To play emotion

DAVE MORRIS - STORYTELLING
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics, Development, Structure


Dave Morris will teach you how to tell great stories. Using his experience as a spoken word poet and storyteller, he’ll teach you how to use narration to add depth to your stories and characters, how to create meaning out of the simplest idea, and how use the spoken word to do more than just tell stories.

10:30 – 17:30

TIM ORR - THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS
LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics


Sometimes I like to call improv “the process of continuously noticing”. So what can we notice in scenes and stories? There are so many details, both big and small everywhere around us when we improvise: the environment, objects, our characters, other people’s characters.

When we take the time to look around and notice things in improv, what do we see? How we can use this information to define and propel our scenes? And what does that do to our improv in general, when we slow down and notice? There’s a rich world of detail there for us in every scene, if we take the time to see it!

STEFAN ANDERSEN - HOW TO MAKE IMPROV EASY!
LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Development


“Improv is not acting it is Reacting” and “Improv is NORMAL conversations with a heightened sense of importance and truth” you will hear Stefan emphasize again and again.

The easiest way to improvise it to speak from a moment of truth, and connect on emotions. This workshop teaches you how easy it can be to connect with your scene partner on positive emotions. We’ll be working on heavily agreeing and learn to look for our “and” in the “yes, and”. This workshop is heavily inspired by Stefan working together with Jason Shotts auditing his workshops for more than 6 weeks.

14:30 – 17:30

JUTTA TILVIS - BEST SUPPORTING SIDEKICK
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY: Character, Dynamic


It takes the entire cast of a scene to successfully create a proper villain (or a proper hero!). Supporting a main character is not only about foundational basics such as listening and accepting offers; it is also the skill of actively adding focus and interest to the scenes you are in. A sidekick’s job is more than just showing up!

Becoming an award-worthy sidekick is one of the most powerful tools you can have in your improv tool belt, and one of the most generous gifts you can give to your antagonist (or protagonist!). This 3-hour workshop will explore different ways of supporting your scene partner in narrative improv, especially when they need it most!

LISA ROWLAND - LET'S GET PHYSICAL

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate

CATEGORY: Dynamics


We aim to play characters who are robustly physically engaged in their environments. In scenes, however, we’re so often reluctant to physically engage with each other! Our scene partners may play our family, friends or lovers, and yet, we rarely have time to practice getting comfortable in physical proximity and (safe, respectful) contact with one another, which can leave on-stage relationships lacking a comfort and closeness.

This class will exercise the skill and practice of physical engagement. This class is for improvisors who are comfortable in scene-making and are willing to move into physical contact with others. If touching others and being touched makes you squirmy, this may not be for you. There will be touching!

The class will include explicit conversations about a respectful approach to this work and one another to ensure the safety of all participants.

ENSEMBLE 10:30 – 17:30

KATY SCHUTTE - GROUNDHOG PLAY
You’ll be waking up and playing the same scene over and over again. Can you break the loop and find out what your true purpose is?

Inspired by stories like Groundhog Day, Russian Doll, Happy Death Day, Edge of Tomorrow, Source Code and The Butterfly Effect. We’ll explore the tropes and narrative beats of ‘this day again’ movies and TV over and over again…

THURSDAY

JUNE 11, 2020

10:30 – 13:30

TRENT PANCY - GOOD IDEA

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Dynamics, Development


Organic improv is important; being able to enter the stage without an idea opens us up to opportunities to build together. Organic improvisers understand that we cannot control our scene partners, nor force our objective onto them or the scene. This is an extremely important part of improv, and everybody needs to learn and understand it. I cannot stress that enough. But this workshop is not about organic improv. This workshop is about ideas and choices.

In this workshop, we will learn to harness the collective work of our scene partner and teammates to generate awesome ideas. We’ll learn where ideas come from, how to initiate them clearly in a scene, and how to use them to drive our improv, and explore the world together.

This workshop will help organic improvisers learn how to make strong choices in scenes, and help us transition from passive responders to active participants. One type of improv is not better than the other. They all serve a purpose, and a good improviser should be able to comfortably switch between organic and inorganic scenes by initiating, following, and exploring ideas together with your team.

STEFAN ANDERSEN - THE EMOTIONAL GAME
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Development


3 hours workshop: Finding the emotional “game” in scenes / heightening emotions

A lot of people talk “the game of the scene”. According to Stefan, you can play a different game without getting in your head. Simply play with the Emotions and follow the heart of the character.

This workshop is for people who would like to practice what emotional muscles they have to work on stage to make sure they’ll keep the scene interesting and win the audience.

“Improv is not acting it is Reacting” and “Improv is NORMAL conversations with a heightened sense of importance and truth” you will hear Stefan emphasize again and again. This means that every single line given by your scene partner should feed and emotional reaction from you, based on how this makes you feel. The participants will be taken through different exercises that will manifest the importance of reacting emotionally to your scene partner, giving the performance an extra depth and comedic dimension. Making a strong emotional choice and being truthful to you character is very entertaining both for the audience but especially for the improvisers performing it.

This workshop is a real blast to take. And will leave the performers with full access to what it takes to be an interesting improviser on stage. It is all in the Emotional Game. The skills from this workshop can also be implemented in every aspect of improvising to make the audience invested in your show, as well in sketch writing.

10:30 – 17:30

LISA ROWLAND - THE BECHDEL TEST

LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Structure 


The Bechdel Test borrows its name from The criteria made famous by the cartoonist Allison Bechdel who, when talking about different movies, famously asked if there was at least one scene in which two women talked to teach other about something other than a man. A shocking number of films and stories fail this test. As improvisors, we are constant story-makers and have the opportunity to present a more deeply considered set of characters who more closely resemble the people in our lives.

The Bechdel Test is a feminist improv format, both in content and in structure. It responds to the often dismal ways women are represented in works of media by exploring the depths and complexities of their lives, using a non-linear storytelling structure to focus on depth and breadth rather than “what comes next?”

This workshop is for both men and women! It holds exciting opportunities to explore what it means to play fully while supporting another character and how to give and take focus.

TIM ORR - SILENT SCENES
LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Dynamics

Doing scenes with no talking (!) takes us into a realm of non-verbal communication which is both challenging and eye-opening. How do we do it with clarity and commitment? How do scenes build, how do we find the back and forth that allows us to move forward without words?

We need to pay attention and respond to each other in new, subtle, overt and exciting ways. Working on Silent Scenes requires us to raise our overall level of paying attention, which is also great for our talking scenes and stories!

14:30 – 17:30

KATY SCHUTTE - TRUTH IN SONG
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Music


Learn how to improvise songs in the moment based on your personal truths, opinions and stories. Practice organic ways of rhyming, creating melody and finding the structure of a song as you go along.

In a supportive and relaxed environment we will help you create musical theatre inspired by the styles of Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown and weave rich tales and scenes through teamwork and group mind.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced improvisers with zero to lots of experience in musical improv. Ability to sing is not a pre-requisite.

DAVE MORRIS - DIALOGUE
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Development


On stage we have two tools: our bodies and our voices, this workshop is focused entirely on the latter. Improvisers can talk a lot while saying very little, and use 100 words when 6 will do. Dave Morris will help turn your dialogue into music and show you how to make every word count. The techniques in this workshop apply to a wide range of improvised styles, shows, and formats. Learn how to find the musical rhythm in your speech, how to turn a simple conversation into an entire scene, and layer your dialogue with multiple meanings. If you speak on stage, this workshop will help you speak better.

ENSEMBLE 10:30 – 17:30

REGINA SAISI - IMPROVISED TARANTINO
An improvised story based on Quentin Tarantino’s urban tales. “What could be worse” is the mantra once the story starts.

FRIDAY

JUNE 12, 2020

10:30 – 13:30

TRENT PANCY - ARCHETYPAL RELATIONSHIPS

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Structure


You’ve heard it from teachers, read it in books, and argued about it back stage: “It’s about the relationship, not the story.” But what does this actually mean? What are these relationships and why are they so important? How exactly do we bring the scene to the relationship? This is not a workshop about Character Archetypes, but about the archetypal relationships that screenwriters and storytellers use to create dynamic stories that we love to watch.

In this workshop we will get familiar with the common archetypal relationships found in stories. We will learn how to recognize these relationships when they appear organically in scenes, and explore how different archetypal relationships can create different types of scenes. Once we understand these relationships, we can begin to use them to our advantage to craft rich, dynamic stories that an audience loves to watch.

This workshop is from Trent’s Improvise Like A Screenwriter series and combines theoretical and experiential learning from both watching, analyzing, and performing scenes. It is intended for improvisers with Intermediate and Advanced experience.

JUTTA TILVIS - SILLY VILLAINS
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced

CATEGORY: Character, Dynamics


Do you consider yourself too silly, too wholesome, or too “add-you-own-adjective-here” of a player to step in as the villain? You shouldn’t! You don’t need to be a specific type of improviser to fill the boots of a good old villain.

You don’t need to declare ruthless and horrible things on stage, your character simply needs principles that are in conflict with those of your protagonist. When this is true, owning up to your own unique nature will only add to your villain’s evil, even if it’s just because of the unexpectedness of it.

This 3-hour workshop will explore different ways of supporting the story by allowing yourself to be painted as a villain, without compromising any of the fun or uniqueness of you!

10:30 – 17:30

KATY SCHUTTE - INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE FICTION
LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Structure


Science Fiction is about building worlds and seeing the human perspective alongside visions of the future, different universes or new technology. Science Fiction can be a huge and sprawling genre, so we learn to find out which strand we are playing in and hone in on the style at play.

DAVE MORRIS - SOLO IMPROV
LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Character, Dynamics, Development


Learn how to create an improvised show… completely on your own! Dave Morris is an award winning solo improviser and has performed his one-man improvised storytelling shows at improv festivals around the world. Learn how to play multiple characters with depth, how to use your body and words with grace, and of course, tell beautiful stories with meaning…all by yourself.

14:30 – 17:30

MARIUS LATHEY - MECHANICS OF THE 2-PERSON SCENE
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic


Have you ever had a easy fun scene suddenly turn very difficult? In this workshop we will dive into the mechanics of a 2 person scene so you always know where to take your scene next. Through group exercises and scene coaching, we will be working on discovering characters grounded in truth with focus on humanity and flaw. No real person is all flaw or perfect for that matter, so let our characters in improv be real and imperfect. This gives you as an Improvisor the opportunity to play grounded scenes with plenty of opportunity for fun discovery’s and compelling characters.

LISA ROWLAND - START HOT!

LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginners, Intermediate

CATEGORY: Scenic, Dynamics


With an eye on plunging deep into a scene right from the very start and inhabiting a world and relationship with energy, momentum and commitment, Lisa will focus on scene starts, physical embodiment and connection with your partner. Specifically, this workshop will focus on “getting on board” in a scene right from the first moment instead of slowly ramping up.

Kickstart your scenework with starts that feel dynamic and exciting from the very first moment!

ENSEMBLE 10:30 – 17:30

STEFAN ANDERSEN - DIRECTED ENSEMBLE

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SATURDAY

JUNE 13, 2020

10:30 – 13:30

TIM ORR - JUMPING IN WITH BOTH FEET
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL:  Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Dynamics


How do we start scenes with confidence, variety, vitality and clarity ? How do we start in the beginning, the middle, or even “the end” of something? How do we make the most of the initial “Big Bang” of scenes? In this class, we’ll work on “hitting the stage” with energy, commitment and the elements that help us do that: Volume, Clarity, Specificity, Implied History, Emotions, Agreement, Initial Staging. We’ll be packing a lot in a just a few hours of class, so please come with comfortable shoes and an open mind!

REGINA SAISI - THE LIFE OF A CHARACTER
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Beginner, Intermediate

CATEGORY: Character, Development


In this class we’ll work on creating character. We’ll find their thoughts, needs and emotional base. We’ll learn how to play anybody and everybody needed in a scene or story. Using our imaginations and a variety of outside prompts we’ll explore the world of people.

Goals:
-To physically change our posture, voice and tempo
-To find the emotional base of the character -To create character based on the story/scene
-To sustain the character by finding the “seed”
-To play big characters realistically

In this class, we’ll learn:
-To use our imagination and prompts to quickly build character
-To explore emotions to see what they bring to a story
-To embrace good and evil characters to help tell the story

10:30 – 17:30

MARIUS LATHEY - A CROW'S PERSPECTIVE ON NARRATIVE IMPROV
LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Structure


A workshop based on the learnings of Murder of Crows an improvised narrative longform show in the theme of Film Noir. Having studied improvised narrative longform and performed around Europe, MOC has developed a certain approach to narrative improv. In this workshop, you’ll learn the tricks to string together a longform narrative show, focused on a characters arch instead of plot and premise.

The simple techniques you’ll learn can be applied to any genre and will get you out of your head and into the fun of improvising a narrative. In the workshop, we will be working with the story spine as the skeleton for our narrative. The story spine is present in all great narratives and is a great tool for improvisers because it isn’t prescriptive but merely descriptive.

This leaves the performers free to be in the moment to discover the narrative instead of being locked into a rigid structure. Improvising a narrative is definitely a challenge and requires practice and great collaboration. That being said it is also one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as an improviser both watching and performing.

DAVE MORRIS - IMPROVISE WITH STYLE
LENGTH: 6 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics, Development, Structure


As improvisers, we know that the work we do can be much more than comedy. With his company Paper Street Theatre, Dave Morris regularly creates genre-based work. They have done improv shows in the style of John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino, Samuel Beckett, Margaret Atwood, Film Noir, Bradbury, Poe, and so many more. Genre can often lead to structure, and structure is antithetical to improvisation.

The Paper Street Method of approaching genre focuses on technique and skill, and NOT on rules and structure. This workshop will teach you how to approach genre-based work in a way that honours the mood, feel, and narrative of any style while staying true to the principles of improvisation.

14:30 – 17:30

STEFAN ANDERSEN - HOW TO PLAY FOR SOLD OUT HOUSES
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: All Levels

CATEGORY: Development


To many improvisation is just a hobby. That however does not mean we should not treat our audiences with respect, dress properly, promote our shows with professionalism. Take the stage with confidence and make sure that when people leave our shows they are so excited that they willingly will go out and tell other people about their experience.

In 2016 Stefan co-founded ICC Theatre in Denmark, in 2017 the theatre was awarded best stage in Copenhagen beating the Royal Danish Theatre with a multi million budget. In three years more than 20.000 people have watched a show at the ICC theatre – And the stage seats just 45 audiences.

Come partake in this workshop / lecture about how to behave as an improviser if you are interested in taking your Improv game to the next level. The workshop will give you key insights into how to promote your shows, how to interact with business clients or potential students and how to contribute to growing improv into a professional artform that will become bigger than the Stand-up comedy industry.

KATY SCHUTTE - TACTICS FOR GROUP SCENES
LENGTH: 3 Hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, Advanced, Professional

CATEGORY: Scenic, Character, Dynamics


Group scenes can sometimes seem busy and daunting, but a good group scene can be both easy to play and a total delight for the audience. Learn a whole cache of tools and tactics to keep your group scenes patient, funny and grounded no matter the style or setting. Learn when a show needs a group scene and how to initiate and support in a group.

ENSEMBLE 10:30 – 17:30

TRENT PANCY - FREESTYLE IMPROV
This ain’t your mama’s musical improv show.

Freestyle Improv is a high-energy show that combines Freestyle Rap & Improvised Comedy. This show mixes the kinetic energy of hip hop with the playful spirit of improv, blending them together with rap battles, beatboxing, and good old-fashioned improv scenes.

There is no experience in rap or musical improv necessary to join this ensemble. Players will learn everything they need to know to throw down a fat beat, spit some slick rhymes, and release the rhythm on stage to uproarious applause. And above all, they’ll learn how to fake it till they make it, because in hip hop, like in improv, it isn’t just what you say, it’s how you say it.

QUESTIONS?

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