Actors’ Improv Workshop Plus Performance

Bobbi Block, Artistic Director of Philadelphia's critically acclaimed Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater, returns to NZ in 2017 - and we've got her lined up for a 3 session improv workshop and a show.

This is a rare opportunity to work with one of the great international teachers of improvisation.

Spaces are limited.

Improvise What You Know:
This workshop teaches a honed method to build compelling scene-work exploring authentic relationships. Just as writers are advised to 'write what they know,' participants are taught to improvise from their own experiences and meld fact with fiction. This truth-inspired, emotionally-grounded method allows both comic and dramatic moments to arise organically.

Participants learn to create a strong emotional point of view and explore both verbal and nonverbal offers (silence, breathing, physical contact with scene partner). Participants also learn how to behave as both actor and playwright simultaneously to build the tension and dramatic arc of a scene. When this method is integrated, the result combines the playfulness of spontaneously-generated work with the integrity of scripted theatre.

Bonus: Guided Performance:
As an extra part of the workshop, there will be a guided improvisation performance at 8:00 pm on a Saturday evening. This is an opportunity to put what you have learned into action.

Participation in the performance is optional - but highly recommended!

About the Tutor:
Bobbi Block is the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater. Tongue & Groove works in the style of Actors Improv taught in this program. For more information and to view video clips of Tongue & Groove shows, go to

As well as holding a Masters degree in Theatre, Bobbi has trained with master improvisers at renowned improv theatres around the US including Annoyance, IO, and Second City. She currently teaches Improvisation at Temple University and Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Bobbi was invited to create Leap: The Actors’ Improv Experiment, for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, for which she taught and directed veteran scripted actors in their first improvised show. Bobbi improvises with Barrymore Award recipient ComedySportz Philadelphia, where she was the Co-Producer and Education Director for 15 years and Artistic Director for 2 years.

In addition, she performed long-form improv for twelve years with the popular collaborative ensemble, LunchLady Doris, and performed with the interdisciplinary improvisational theatre company, Playback Philadelphia.

She won the 2008 Philadelphia City Paper Award: Actress Who Will Lead Improvisation to the Promised Land.

Bobbi is an Applied Improv Facilitator and Coach and has worked for 20 years around the world teaching Leadership, Collaboration and Presence skills to corporate executives using acting and improv techniques.

Having taught across the USA, Australia, and New Zealand, Bobbi returns to New Zealand in 2017 to teach improvisation to Theatre Studies majors as part of the summer programme at University of Otago.

TheatreWorks, Birkenhead, Auckland
2017-01-26 19:30:00 - 2017-01-26 22:00:00, 2017-01-27 19:00:00 - 2017-01-27 22:00:00, 2017-01-28 17:30:00 - 2017-01-28 19:30:00, 2017-01-28 20:00:00 - 2017-01-28 22:00:00
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