How to Facilitate Improv Workshops

How to Facilitate Improv Workshops (and have fun doing it)

Sunday 12 December 2021

Why do we teach improv, and how do we create great environments to learn improv?

The session is part practical, part discussion, and aims to get everyone thinking about what makes an effective improv teacher, and what motivations and expectations cause ineffective improv teachers to exist. 

By the end of the session, you will have some experience with picking apart what other teachers are doing, so that you can both steal the things that work for you, and theorise about what causes ineffective teaching. 

You will also have some experience with sidecoaching improv scenes, and managing moments when unproductive conflict arises between players.

This session is facilitated by the splendid Laurie Owen.

This event is FREE to attend – come and gain confidence in facilitating improv sessions and helping people to have fun! Booking onto this session is free, if you’d like to contribute to our costs, please pay what you feel

Please note: this event is upstairs at Sobar (two staircases) in a warm room with plenty of chairs. There is no elevator access.

Laurie is a theatremaker and oddjobber, who taught improv at LUU Comedy Society for three years, designing the curriculum and pedagogy from the ground up, primarily inspired by Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone. Laurie is also queer and autistic, and because of this, he was frequently disadvantaged by the UK educational system. He uses these experiences to inform his empathetic and anti-authoritarian approach to teaching.


13:30 15:30


22 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DQ

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