Jason has been improvising for 20 years; in that time he has performed all over the world, from Australia through Asia, the USA to the stages Europe. Jason has studied Improvisation with teachers like Keith Johnstone, Patti Stiles, Randy Dixon and Dan O’Connor and story with Robert McKee.
Jason is a founding member and former Artistic Director of Impro Melbourne and has performed with the company for the last 15 years where he has created and directed many long and short form improvised formats. His format ‘How ‘Bout This?’ has been adopted and played internationally. He has been twice part of the National Theatre sports Championship winning team and was Awarded best and fairest of the National Championships 2010.
Jason has been teaching Improvisation for 15 years to both newcomers and experienced improvisers and is renowned for bringing the best out of his students no matter their experience and skill level. Jason has a passion for exploring the craft of improvisation, in all of its forms. Jason is a sought after teacher globally, he has taught in every Australian capital, Amsterdam, Seattle, Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Reunion Island, Hong Kong, Singapore, L.A, Stockholm, Rome, Milan and New Zealand.
28 August – 31 August, 10.00 – 17.00.
An in depth improv workshop with improv master Jason Geary.
Over the course of four days Jason will teach you how to master improv formats Zoom, La Ronde and How ‘Bout This. You will also be invited to perform at the festival with one of these formats, intheevening of September 3rd.
Each workshop day will be very different, and you will be taught a wide range of skills.
Imagine a camera that can take you anywhere, from one story to another, over vast distances or through the walls in your neighbourhood. In ‘Zoom' you’ll discover long form narrative of a different kind. Flowing, vibrant and energetic Zoom is improvised storytelling without limits. It’s like the movie ‘Birdman’ for the stage with the added challenge of only two improvisors playing and narrating the entire show. This format is challenging and rewarding and provides improvisors with a new approach to both character and narration.
A La Ronde is series of linked two person scenes. Each individual actor, except the first, appear in two scenes in a row. The form ends when the circle closes and the last and first characters do a scene.
How ’Bout This is a format and workshop designed to stop improvisors being ‘polite’ and accepting offers that don’t inspire. As improvisors we are obliged to ‘make our partner look good’ and good improvisors will do that in a heartbeat. I wanted to create a format that would give ideas permission to fly or fail in a incredibly supportive environment and not have improvisors step out onto stage into uninspired scenes. The workshop supports the idea of happy failure.
The format requires the cast to pitch ideas onstage to the other improvisors. If the other improvisors are inspired by the idea then they step forward and begin a scene. If they are not inspired by the pitched offer they do not move. If the pitch is not accepted the person who issued the pitch is met by rapturous applause from the audience. (This is rehearsed in the setup of the format.) In my experience this format results in every scene beginning with focus and certainty because the offer inspires people to move into the scene.
This workshop is presented in cooperation with Scenkonstakademin.