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IMPRO CAIRNS

You may have seen improvisation on the TV shows Whose Line Is It Anyway or Thank God You're Here and wondered, “How do they come up with such cool ideas so quickly?” In improvisation classes you’ll develop similar skills with useful applications in your wider life, including thinking on your feet, learning how to view life’s challenges as opportunities, and knowing how to come up with innovative solutions.

 

Learn how to get laughs, listen deeply, get out of your head and into your body, and become fluent with body language and expression.

Learn the art of "Yes, and"

Improvisation teaches you how to listen carefully to your scene partner. To say “yes” to their offers; and to add something creative to the scene: that’s the “and” part! During our 9-week improvisation course you’ll learn the art of “Yes, and” by applying it in activities, games and scenes with your classmates.

Develop confidence

Even if youve never improvised in front of others, our classes will help you develop the skills to improvise confidently, knowing you have what it takes to engage your audience and advance the narrative in entertaining ways. Our 9-week course is designed to take someone who struggles with confidence and get them ready to shine!

Planning vs. Going with the Flow

During the 9-week course youll develop skills that allow you to be more flexible, both in class and in your wider life. Improvisors thrive because theyre able to accept whatever comes their way — turning circumstances into opportunities.

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My Impro life: Kevan Gregory

I’ve always been a performer, just ask my family and school friends! Ever the class clown — sometimes to my detriment. I studied drama and acting all the way through my schooling in Perth and in 1993, graduated with distinction BA English – Theatre Arts and Film and TV production at Curtin University. I've performed in many plays, studied stagecraft, lighting, set design, sound design, musical theatre, acting styles, costuming, mask work, mime, front-of-house and many other interesting aspects of the theatrical world; but my favourite was always Improvisation. I've completed the relevant units in Cert 4 Workplace Training and Assessment and have been teaching many topics (including Improvisation) for decades – have a look through the rest of the website! I love imparting my knowledge and facilitating the "group wisdom" to deliver interesting and thrilling classes that will skill you up as a vibrant and entertaining improvisor!

Introducing Bec Wright 

I'll be helping teach the Impro Cairns beginner classes during 2023/24. I hold a Bachelor of Learning Management from CQU and I'm employed locally with the Department of Education as a primary school relief teacher. I studied and performed Improv through Big Fork Theatre in Brisbane for three years before moving up to Cairns; where I continue to complete impro training to keep my skills fresh and up-to-date. I share my creativity, positivity, imagination and high energy with everyone; and I'm very welcoming and understanding towards new students. I'm very approachable and will melt away your nervousness almost instantaneously.

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Introducing Michele Goeldi

I've been lucky enough to begin my inspired impro experience in Cairns with teacher extraordinaire Kevan. Mike and Bec have also tickled humour, play and delight over the past couple of years. I'm a primary school teacher, social ecologist and psychotherapist but don’t be intimidated because I'm still just an impro newby — despite my loooong life experience, extraordinary talents and modesty! I once faced the terrors of a stand-up comedy workshop with Mandy Nolan and the heart-warming clowning-for-healing training with Patch Adams. However, not one of these magnificent life experiences has been a patch on the amazingly exuberant fun engendered in ImproCairns playshops.

WHAT'S ON

NEXT IMPRO COURSE FROM THURSDAY JANUARY 25
FREE INTRO CLASSES THURSDAY JANUARY 18, MONDAY JANUARY 22

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NEW TO IMPRO CAIRNS

Music Impro

 

This course is suitable for graduates from our Beginner Impro course who’d like to learn how to incorporate music into their improvised scenes. We'll explore rhythm, rhyme, melody and harmony; and learn how to apply our musical ideas via a number of fun games and exercises. You don’t have to be a musician or a great singer to attend this course. We’ll teach you how to use the musical skills you have and how to improve your voice. However, musicians are also very welcome to apply and bring any instruments they might like to play.

 

NOTE As this course assumes prior knowledge of basic improvisation theory, it will only be open to those who’ve completed the Impro Cairns beginner course or similar.

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How to pay for the courses

• CASH • VISA • MASTERCARD • EFTPOS • APPLE PAY • GPAY
All credit card payments attract a 2% processing fee, which can be avoided by paying via bank transfer.
• DIRECT DEBIT to BSB 923100 | Account Number 46113126 | Name
 ImproCairns

Please mark the relevant fields with your name and IMPRO CAIRNS, so we can track your payment.

Please advise in advance if you require a receipt.

REFUNDS There are no refunds offered after the course starts, so consult your diary and mark down our class dates before committing.

You’re welcome to pay now if you’re certain you want to do this course, but you can pay by the first night of the course if you’re trying out a Free Intro Class first.

Casual classes are $30 each. You can pay cash on the night; please bring correct money. Or, pay in advance via direct debit.

FAQ
What if I'm afraid of performing in front of others?

Some people get stressed about having to come up with ideas on the fly and create something entertaining, interesting or funny out of thin air. It comes down to a fear of failing in front of others and looking stupid. Guess what! No one cares if you fail in impro class. In fact, failing is a great way to learn from mistakes; and besides, failure is often the funniest part of a scene or game!

So don’t worry, we’ve got your back, and we’ve failed heaps more times than you have, so we’re experts on stuffing it up! Instead of shrinking away from a failed attempt at improvising, well teach you how to take a bow, loudly exclaim: “I failed!” and receive enthusiastic applause from your supportive classmates. We’re all in this together.

Is there an age limit for classes?

Classes are for ages 18 and over. Sorry, we cannot accommodate younger people at this time. 

How much does the 9-week course cost?

$225 regular/$185 concession

To claim the $185 concession rate, you’ll need to send a photo of the front and back of your valid concession card. We accept these cards: Australian Government Health Care, Low Income Health Care, Full-time Student, DVA, Pensioner, Disability Support. If your card’s not listed, please enquire for assessment.

What are the dates and times for the 9-week course?

Courses are detailed above. Before each course begins there's a free 60-minute INTRO to IMPRO class. Dates and times are listed on their flyers. All classes are 6–7.30pm.

Do you have a COVID Safety Plan?

Yes, we do. We have taken a number of steps to make our classes COVID-safe for everyone. We comply with all Queensland and federal government regulations and are committed to doing everything we can to make our classes as safe as possible. As such we

Where are classes held?

Typically the Beginners' Impro course is held at Cominos House 27 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill, Cairns. The Music Impro course is held at White Rock; the street address is provided upon enrolment.

What if I miss a class?

For your own benefit and your team mates we recommend you dont miss more than two classes. Please advise us of any upcoming absences via the CONTACT form.

Ok, I'm interested. What do I do next?

Please click/tap on REGISTER HERE, so we can keep you in the loop for future opportunities to learn and practice with us.

Have a question? Text/call Kevan

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Impro Cairns acknowledges the Gimuy Walaburra Yidinji and Yirrangangi people as the traditional custodians of the land, seas, and waterways around where we improvise. We pay respect to their elders, past and present.

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