Welcome to School of Improv

 

Newcastle Improvisation Classes Online and In-person

Learn the art of improvisation, grow in creativity and confidence, and find fun and friendships, at School of Improv.

You're in safe hands. Our programme is led by two of the most accomplished and experienced improv teaching artists in the UK. Formed in 2003 by Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin, School of Improv is the longest-running training and performance ground for improvisers in the UK. 

Our community is built on trust and a real passion for improvisation. Our members come from all sorts of backgrounds and walks-of-life; many who have been with us for 10-years or more. No matter your level of experience, whether you're totally new to improv and are looking for an artistic hobby or creative outlet, or a professional actor or writer wanting to develop your skills or ignite new inspiration, you will find a class that's suitable for you, and a warm welcome.

REAL WORLD

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Our programme of in-person improv classes will return in September. We are planning more real-life workshops for over the summer.

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VIRTUAL WORLD

Our online improv classes have a global reach. They are popular and ongoing, 3 evenings a week, plus weekend jams. Our digital workshops will continue when our in-person classes resume.

Student Testimonials

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I went from being terrified to talk to a group to being able to perform unscripted shows to a sold-out theatre in a matter of months. These workshops have really brought me out of my shell.

- ANDREW MILLER, UK

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We hold our online improv classes on Zoom, and the only contagious thing here is the laughter!

It’s been exciting to adapt improv to the digital space, to invent a whole new bunch of improv games, and to find fun and interesting ways of playing together online from our homes.

Whilst we initially thought moving online might be limiting for improv, we've found the opposite to be true. The virtual world has opened-up creative opportunities for us to develop improv as an artform on camera, and to continue raising skills that will be transferable to the real world later.  

It was unexpected our online improv classes would have such a global reach. We've got to welcome new members from across the UK and Europe, the USA, Africa, and even as far away as Australia, and this has enriched all of our lives. We hold free online improv jams and socials too, so we can relax and get to know each other as well. 

 

Having fun, being creative, sharing our lives and stories through these stressful times, has been a wonderful way to support each other and to keep on smiling.

A great advantage of running classes online has been the ability to record all our improv sessions. We give all our students private links to the videos of their classes. Keepsakes that will last forever!

Your Teachers, Bev Fox and Ian McLaughlin

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Bev and Ian are veteran improvisers and teachers with a career spans 33 years on stage, film, TV and radio, so they have a great deal to share. They will stay with you every step of the way on your improv journey. You'll find them knowledgeable, nurturing, and inspirational improv teachers; devoted to bringing out the best in each and and every one of our students. They make even the shyest of people feel comfortable and are experts in generating confidence, creativity, and laughter. You'll find their insightful feedback significant to your growth as an improviser.

Their improv journey began in London in 1988, working with the leading lights of improvisation, such as the Comedy Store Players, Improbable Theatre, the Impro Musical Company, and Theatresports; on stage, TV, and radio; performing and teaching internationally. They developed their craft with an array of pioneering improvisers and trained with Keith Johnstone in Canada, who is their biggest inspiration.

They are founders of the Suggestibles, the Newcastle Improv Festival, and the 4 Hour Film Challenge, and winners of 4 Royal Television Society Awards for their improvisational work on camera. They work in theatrical, community, academic, cultural, and corporate settings, and have taught thousands of people across age ranges, from diverse backgrounds and walks-of-life.

We take Private Bookings too! If you'd like to book private improv workshops with Bev and Ian for your improv group, workteam, or friends, get in touch. Send us an email or give us a call.

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"Northumbria Drama Society collaborated with The Suggestibles on a virtual improv workshop. It was AMAZING!! Bev and Ian were super friendly and respectful of everyone's different skillsets, the environment created felt super safe and engaging. They taught our society members and some drama students a variety of basic improv skills through enjoyable games and tasks. One attendee commented "full to the brim with fun at its heart", which I think sums up the whole evening. 100% recommend to anyone looking for some lockdown fun. Hopefully, we can do an in-person workshop soon!"

Phyllis Hoyle, Drama Society President, Northumbria University