International Institute of Improvisation (iii!) Summer Academy, Improbable


8 - 26 June @ Middlesex University, London

Three weeks of improvisation workshops led by two of the world’s leading improvisers – and co-Artistic Directors of Improbable – Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson. A complete curriculum for making unforgettable theatre.

Participants can attend the whole academy, or they may wish to focus on one aspect of the work in a single week. The academy concludes with a day-long Open Space for anyone who has attended any of the workshops.

Week 1 explores improvisation for performance in an Improbable style, building meta-skills such as listening, awareness and presence. It draws on impro greats like Johnstone and Spolin as well as the work of Amy & Arnold Mindell, Michael Checkhov and Jeremy Whelan.

Week 2 is a deep dive into the unknown, addressing how impro can be used alongside other areas of practice and research, from opera to puppetry to conflict facilitation.

Week 3 brings it all home, turning the discoveries of the first fortnight into a toolkit for making work.

The iii summer academy is for anyone interested in developing their improvisational experience, and/or learning from and using Improbable’s practice, whatever the form of your work. Specifically, the iii summer academy might be of interest to…

  • Improvisers
  • Theatre makers and practitioners
  • Actors interested in improvising, devising, or expanding / developing their practice
  • Directors, designers and practitioners working in stage or screen
  • Writers, especially those interested in devising, verbatim work and collaborative processes
  • Performance practice researchers and performance theory academics
  • Drama educators in schools, HE and FE organisations
  • Facilitators and counsellors
  • Professionals working in sectors beyond the arts
  • Fans of Improbable’s work

Cost: £1,250 for full three-week academy, or £500/week. We have three free bursary places each week, plus a £250 stipend for each bursary participant to cover travel and expenses.

Places are by application only. For more info and to apply, visit our website.