Jonathan Briden is an improvisation teacher with over 30 years experience. He is the current Artistic Director of Impulse Theatre (Christchurch). He teaches improvisation classes, twice a week, for both beginners and experienced improvisers, and has also taught improvisation in England, Canada, Australia, and Argentina. He directs and performs on a regular basis. He is also an experienced mask maker and performer, working under the guidance of Steve Jarand and Pauline Calmé. He regularly attends festivals and workshops with other international teachers, to upskill and share ideas. His improvisation teaching focuses on removing obligations so that the performer can explore and discover freely, fully engaged, and in the moment.
Note: Participants in this workshop will be considered for the cast of the show of the same name.
Strangers is a unique, unscripted comedy-drama devised by veteran improviser Jonathan Briden, exploring the moment when two strangers meet. It may be a fleeting moment of connection, the start of a whirlwind romance, or the beginning of a deadly rivalry.
This workshop looks at discovering the different versions of you that you can bring to the stage to fully embody a character that is genuine and grounded. This approach helps you discover characters that you can easily maintain across the duration of a full-length improvised play, without constraining you to a shallow stereotype or caricature. You will learn a variety of techniques to help you quickly establish true-to-life characters, and to embody the character in such a way that they do most of the work for you, responding naturally to offers, and allowing you to remain fully in the moment and engaged. These techniques form the basis for the popular long-form improvised play, “Strangers”. The work is beneficial to all levels of improvising actors.