Thanks for your interest in my improvisation drama classes!
The information on this page is for parents looking for more information on the classes I run at their child's primary school.
These classes are not available to the public.
My improvisation classes are playful, welcoming and often ridiculous, providing a space to explore our imaginations and build confidence in sharing our ideas and performing in front of others.
The classes are designed to feed your childs imagination and appetite for performance. Each week there are new games to try out and favourite activities to return to.
I believe that the ability to improvise is a fantastic life skill!
Improvisation provides opportunities for children to explore their own ideas, imagination and personality. Improvisation classes teach us to trust in our ideas and instincts and develop our ability to think on the spot.
It’s easy to see how this can help with social interactions, creative pursuits, team work and with all aspects of education. The ability to have a ‘what if?’ mindset is extremely useful!
- Encourages us to be creative with our instincts and choices and to think on our feet.
Builds confidence, courage and creativity.
Fosters friendships – the activities work best when we support each other and accept each others ideas.
Requires flexibilty and team work
The rules of improvisation
Each week we remind ourselves of the following improv rules!
Say Yes (Accept everyone’s ideas!)
Say Yes AND… ( Add an idea of your own)
Make Statements (Commit to YOUR ideas, we can all come up with the answers, don’t always ask questions of other people).
There are no mistakes! (Only opportunities).
How does the class run?
Children arrive at the performing arts room straight after school and are reminded to go to the toilet and fill water bottles before settling into the class. (If children need to go later in the class I send them in pairs, however I try to avoid this as the toilets are not nearby).
I mark off who has arrived and make sure all children are accounted for.
We take 5-10 minutes to have a snack and chat about what’s ahead for the class. Each class has a specific focus such as physical performance, team building, storytelling, character development and making and accepting offers.
Class begins with fun physical and vocal warm up activities that we work through as a group.
The first half of the class generally consists of drama games and activities that explore the focus for that class. These involve a mixture of individual work (where everyone is participating and there is no audience) activities in pairs which may or may not involve an audience and small group work in front of the rest of the class.
The second half of the class will most often involve creating improvised scenes in groups, and taking turns in performing these to the rest of the class.
When time permits I take requests to finish the class on a fun activity that everyone enjoys.
I also improvise and adapt my program throughout the term based on what the children are enjoying most and the areas I feel I’d like to focus more on.
2020 Class Schedule
This year I will be trialing adding something extra to each term. We will spend up to fifteen minutes per class on a performance activity as outlined below.
Term 1 - Improvisation
Term 2 – Improvisation + Script work (Children will learn a basic monologue and improvise their own context and performance of the piece over the term).
Term 3 - Improvisation + Group devised play.
Term 4 - Improvisation + Dance (Musical theatre style. I'm not a trained dancer, this will be about theatrically performing a routine, not about technique).
The first trial class for new students is free.
Term 1 – 7 weeks - $105
Term 2 – 11 weeks - $165
Term 3 – 10 weeks - $150
Term 4 – 8 weeks - $120 (We will skip the last three weeks in December)
Missed classes are non-refundable, however I am happy to deduct them from the following term, or if not returning for the next term they are welcome to make up the classes anyway.
Parent Participation Days
In 2020 I have decided to introduce ‘Parent Participation Days!'
This will be an opportunity to experience a class as a participant. The classes don’t lend themselves well to spectators, so this is your chance to see what your child is like in the drama classes and to have a little fun with them as well. The activities will be entry level, gentle exercises. I won’t throw you in the deep end! They will also of course be optional and most likely take place on the last class each term.
I know how frustrating it can be to get information out of our children!
Each week I send a reminder the day before class and I also provide an overview of the previous weeks class.
I pride myself on my friendly and supportive nature with children. Fifteen years photographing kinder children has honed my skills at identifying when a child is feeling uncomfortable or nervous and I have lots of experience in putting them at ease.
For a few children in the class this has meant that they do the activities with me or will only perform in a group activity if I am in it also. This way they never feel too put on the spot, I am able to lead and prompt them and we find the way through their nerves together. Gradually they have felt more comfortable working with other children in the class.
Each class also provides a mixture of activities and not all activities are performed for others.
Nobody is ever forced to participate in an activity if they don’t want to.
There is also a big focus on supporting each other through our stumbles and awkward moments.
How do I manage the mixed age class?
Many of the activities, particularly the warm ups suit a broad age range (adults included) and are quite silly, so they suit the whole group!
When it comes to improvising scenes in groups, I divide the class according to age. The older children also come in very handy in demonstrating a new activity.
Much of the feedback I provide applies to the group regardless of age, therefore watching the younger children perform their scenes still provides learning opportunities for the older children.