Mark teaches improvisation at the Paris theatre school Studio Muller and he offers regular workshops on a variety of improvisation themes.

 

He works a great deal with improvisation groups around France and Europe.

You can be hire Mark to run a workshop on one of his themes or he can create a workshop for your group based on your requirements.

 

WORKSHOPS 2019/2020

Action and adventure

20 sept 2019

2pm to 5pm

Do you want to spice up your long form with action sequences and visual effects like in a Hollywood blockbuster?  This workshop is for you.  Thanks to his experience in long form shows like "Double O Impro", "Trio", "Epic" and "Bio", Mark  reveals the tools he has used to make these shows dynamic, varied and spectacular.  Combat, chases, flashbacks, chorus effects and other techniques will be explored.  No need to have years of impro experience to take part, but you do need to want to sweat a little.

Where: Paris

For further information and reservations contact the Impro Academy.

Getting in and out of trouble

24 sept 2019

8pm to 11pm

We are onstage to "play" with our partners in every sense of the term.  This workshop develops the notion of a playful relationship between actors.  We will try and tease our partner by getting them in trouble and trying to destabilse them.  The goal being to generate accidents and surprises that can be transformed into unexpected gifts for our creativity.  All strategies are welcome when it comes to playing with mischief: say "no", ignore your partner, play in a bizarre manner…  This workshop will show how your worst impro nightmares can actually be sources of inspiration that can refresh your performance.  

Where: Paris

For further information and reservations contact the Impro Academy.

Pimp your Long form

12 and 13 oct 2019

Weekend 10am to 5pm

Does your long form sometimes feel a bit flat?  Do you struggle to get a truly satisfying story?  Do you want to mess things up a bit?  This workshop aims to provide tools for building better stories in narrative long form whilst keeping the surprises intact.  There will be tools for enforcing narrative and structure as well as tools for varying the staging and pace of the show.  Keeping a long form show alive means creating organised chaos, where the story is the driving factor whilst we maintain a healthy dose of accidents, surprises and unexpected fun.

Where: Auvergne
For further information and réservations contact Improcamp.

Pimp your long form

24, 25 and 26 oct 2019

In English. 12 hours of class over 3 days

Does your long form sometimes feel a bit flat?  Do you struggle to get a truly satisfying story?  Do you want to mess things up a bit?  This workshop aims to provide tools for building better stories in narrative long form whilst keeping the surprises intact.  There will be tools for enforcing narrative and structure as well as tools for varying the staging and pace of the show.  Keeping a long form show alive means creating organised chaos, where the story is the driving factor whilst we maintain a healthy dose of accidents, surprises and unexpected fun.

Where: Würzburg, Germany
For further information and réservations contact Würzburg International Improv Festival.

Body and Soul

9 nov 2019

10am to 5pm

If we know that our body is our primary tool for communication, why do we speak so much in impro?  Theatre is a visual art and we can use our body to create images that speak a thousand words.  This workshop explores physical expression in impro.  We will work on letting go physically, organic interactions and how to use space to generate captivating images during a scene.  The goal being to find the soul of each scene through the actors bodies.

Where: Marseille
For further information and réservations contact the organiser.

Getting in and out of trouble

10 nov 2019

Weekend 10am to 5pm

We are onstage to "play" with our partners in every sense of the term.  This workshop develops the notion of a playful relationship between actors.  We will try and tease our partner by getting them in trouble and trying to destabilse them.  The goal being to generate accidents and surprises that can be transformed into unexpected gifts for our creativity.  All strategies are welcome when it comes to playing with mischief: say "no", ignore your partner, play in a bizarre manner…  This workshop will show how your worst impro nightmares can actually be sources of inspiration that can refresh your performance.  

Where: Marseille

For further information and reservations contact the organiser.

Action and adventure

23 nov 2019

10am to 5pm

Do you want to spice up your long form with action sequences and visual effects like in a Hollywood blockbuster?  This workshop is for you.  Thanks to his experience in long form shows like "Double O Impro", "Trio", "Epic" and "Bio", Mark  reveals the tools he has used to make these shows dynamic, varied and spectacular.  Combat, chases, flashbacks, chorus effects and other techniques will be explored.  No need to have years of impro experience to take part, but you do need to want to sweat a little.

Where: Toulouse

For further information and reservations contact the Festival Impulsez.

Action and adventure

7 and 8 Dec 2019

Weekend 10am to 5pm

Do you want to spice up your long form with action sequences and visual effects like in a Hollywood blockbuster?  This workshop is for you.  Thanks to his experience in long form shows like "Double O Impro", "Trio", "Epic" and "Bio", Mark  reveals the tools he has used to make these shows dynamic, varied and spectacular.  Combat, chases, flashbacks, chorus effects and other techniques will be explored.  No need to have years of impro experience to take part, but you do need to want to sweat a little.

Where: Alsace
For further information and réservations contact the organiser.

Masks in impro

12 Jan 2020

Sunday from 10am to 5pm

To work with masks is to work with the sensation of pure spontaneity. A mask can only operate in the present moment, it is never in the future or the past. Masks also develop the notion of another "self", a character that is not you even if you are its vehicle. The experience of mask allows the participants to open up their personal awareness of the "moment" and develops their spontaneity and expression on stage. This workshop is based on the techniques of Full Mask and Trance Mask developed by Keith Johnstone.

Where: Paris
For more information and reservations contact the Compagnie Guild

Getting the most out of a scene

18 and 19 Jan 2020

Weekend 10am to 5pm

This worshop answers the simple question "How do you direct an impro scene?"  Its goal is to allow the directors to liberate themselves from the pressure of directing and enable them to facilitate the actor's improvisation in a creative way.  A good director can efficiently "press the right buttons" to allow the actors to get the full potential out of the great ideas that are already present in their scene.  Its a fantastic way of creating shows with directed scenes as well as being a powerful tool for teachers in a workshop context.  This workshop is inspired by the impro formats Maestro and  Gorilla Theatre by Keith Johnstone.

Where: Luxembourg
For further information and réservations contact the organiser.

Pimp your long form

8 and 9 Feb 2020

Weekend 10am to 5pm

Does your long form sometimes feel a bit flat?  Do you struggle to get a truly satisfying story?  Do you want to mess things up a bit?  This workshop aims to provide tools for building better stories in narrative long form whilst keeping the surprises intact.  There will be tools for enforcing narrative and structure as well as tools for varying the staging and pace of the show.  Keeping a long form show alive means creating organised chaos, where the story is the driving factor whilst we maintain a healthy dose of accidents, surprises and unexpected fun.

Where: Châlon sur Saone
For further information and réservations contact the organiser.

Spontaneous storytelling

22 Feb 2020

Saturday 10am to 6pm

This workshop deals the with the heart of improvisation: the concept of spontaneity.  It provides tools to liberate an actors spontaneity by overcoming fear and removing the pressure we create for ourselves when we try to be clever or funny.   These techniques explore the playful relationship between actors on stage and its importance in the creative process of story development.

Where: Metz
For further information and réservations contact La Fabrique.

Getting the most out of a scene

23 Feb 2020

Sunday 10am to 6pm

This worshop answers the simple question "How do you direct an impro scene?"  Its goal is to allow the directors to liberate themselves from the pressure of directing and enable them to facilitate the actor's improvisation in a creative way.  A good director can efficiently "press the right buttons" to allow the actors to get the full potential out of the great ideas that are already present in their scene.  Its a fantastic way of creating shows with directed scenes as well as being a powerful tool for teachers in a workshop context.  This workshop is inspired by the impro formats Maestro and  Gorilla Theatre by Keith Johnstone.

Where : Metz

For more information and reservations contact La Fabrique.

The Hero's Journey

24 February 2020

8pm to 11pm

This workshop provides a theoretical presentation of story structure using "The Hero's Journey" adapted by Christopher Vogler.  The 12 stages of the Hero's Journey will be presented in depth along with the 8 narrative archetypes plus notions of dramaturgy for scene work.  Numerous examples will be given of the use of the Hero's Journey in cinema as well as in classical text such as Shakespeare.  This is an essential tool for directors, scenarists and actors who want to understand the inner workings of a narrative.

Where: Paris
For further information and réservations contact the organiser.

Lucky dip

14 and 15 March 2020

Weekend 10am to 5pm

The date is blocked but the organiser has not yet decided what the theme of this workshop will be.  The info will be coming soon, so keep your eyes pealed and watch this space to be updated as soon as a decision has been made.

Where: Normandie
For further information and réservations contact the organiser.

Creating characters

28 March 2020

10am to 5pm

This workshop presents tools to help you create strong, varied and sincere characters on stage.  The participants will discover how to play a character in a hundred different ways and how to rapidly generate a character for the needs of an improvised scene.  The techniques used in the workshop are applicable to improvised shows, but can also be used as work tools for non-improvised performances.  The workshop will present the Fast-Food Stanislavsky technique developed by Keith Johnstone, as well as other ways of creating characters on stage.

Where: Paris
For further information and réservations contact the Compagnie Guild.

Masks in impro

25 and 26 April 2020

Weekend 10am to 5pm

To work with masks is to work with the sensation of pure spontaneity. A mask can only operate in the present moment, it is never in the future or the past. Masks also develop the notion of another "self", a character that is not you even if you are its vehicle. The experience of mask allows the participants to open up their personal awareness of the "moment" and develops their spontaneity and expression on stage. This workshop is based on the techniques of Full Mask and Trance Mask developed by Keith Johnstone.

Where: Avignon
For more information and reservations contact the Improcamp.

Lucky dip

1 to 4 May 2020

10am to 5pm

The date is blocked but the organiser has not yet decided what the theme of this workshop will be.  The info will be coming soon, so keep your eyes pealed and watch this space to be updated as soon as a decision has been made.

Where: Lyon
For further information and réservations contact the Lyon Improv Fest.

Lucky dip

16 and 17 May 2020

Weekend 10am to 5pm

The date is blocked but the organiser has not yet decided what the theme of this workshop will be.  The info will be coming soon, so keep your eyes pealed and watch this space to be updated as soon as a decision has been made.

Where: Issoudun
For further information and réservations contact the FAIL.

Lucky dip

30 and 31 May 2020

Weekend 10am to 5pm

The date is blocked but the organiser has not yet decided what the theme of this workshop will be.  The info will be coming soon, so keep your eyes pealed and watch this space to be updated as soon as a decision has been made.

Where: Grenoble
For further information and réservations contact the organiser.

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WORKSHOPS CATALOGUE

Pimp your long form

Does your long form sometimes feel a bit flat?  Do you struggle to get a truly satisfying story?  Do you want to mess things up a bit?  This workshop aims to provide tools for building better stories in narrative long form whilst keeping the surprises intact.  There will be tools for enforcing narrative and structure as well as tools for varying the staging and pace of the show.  Keeping a long form show alive means creating organised chaos, where the story is the driving factor whilst we maintain a healthy dose of accidents, surprises and unexpected fun.

Body and soul

If we know that our body is our primary tool for communication, why do we speak so much in impro?  Theatre is a visual art and we can use our body to create images that speak a thousand words.  This workshop explores physical expression in impro.  We will work on letting go physically, organic interactions and how to use space to generate captivating images during a scene.  The goal being to find the soul of each scene through the actors bodies.

Action and adventure

Do you want to spice up your long form with action sequences and visual effects like in a Hollywood blockbuster?  This workshop is for you.  Thanks to his experience in long form shows like "Double O Impro", "Trio", "Epic" and "Bio", Mark  reveals the tools he has used to make these shows dynamic, varied and spectacular.  Combat, chases, flashbacks, chorus effects and other techniques will be explored.  No need to have years of impro experience to take part, but you do need to want to sweat a little.

The first three scenes

It is often said that the first twenty seconds of a scene are crucial to its success.  If this is true for a five minute scene then it is also applicable to a one hour story.  However in a long form it is not the first twenty seconds that count, but the first three scenes.  These are the scenes where you will “set the scene”, create your story universe, present the main characters and their relationships and even indicate the direction the story will go in.  These scenes need to be solid and well played if you want to have enough material to keep your story alive for one hour or more.  This workshop presents tools to help you play Act 1 of a long form and have your show heading for a rich and exciting story.   

Masks in impro

To work with masks is to work with the sensation of pure spontaneity. A mask can only operate in the present moment, it is never in the future or the past. Masks also develop the notion of another "self", a character that is not you even if you are its vehicle. The experience of mask allows the participants to open up their personal awareness of the "moment" and develops their spontaneity and expression on stage. This workshop is based on the techniques of Full Mask and Trance Mask developed by Keith Johnstone.

The long form journey

We go to the theatre or the cinema because we want to be told a story.  But what do we expect from a story?  Improvisers are often afraid of “following a narrative” as they feel they will be prisoners of a structure and lose their creative freedom.  Yet understanding the key movements in a story and how characters evolve in a narration is an undeniable strength for any actor.  This workshop allows the participants to discover how a story is organised around “The Hero’s Journey”.  They will take part in practical exercises that adapt the Hero’s Journey to improvised long form performance.  They will understand that it is not a prison that limits their storytelling but actually an incredibly flexible tool that can liberate their true storytelling instincts and unleash their creativity.  This workshop is inspired by the work of Christpoher Vogler.

Getting the most out of a scene

This workshop answers the simple question "How do you direct an impro scene?"  Its goal is to allow the directors to liberate themselves from the pressure of directing and enable them to facilitate the actor's improvisation in a creative way.  A good director can efficiently "press the right buttons" to allow the actors to get the full potential out of the great ideas that are already present in their scene.  Its a fantastic way of creating shows with directed scenes as well as being a powerful tool for teachers in a workshop context.  This workshop is inspired by the impro formats Maestro and  Gorilla Theatre by Keith Johnstone.

Transitions

« Transitions » is a workshop to learn about how to pass from one scene to the next. You will work on different types of transition, from the simplest to more stimulating. You will discover how mastering your transitions can actually help you tell a story and enrich your improvisation.

The Hero's Journey

This workshop provides a theoretical presentation of story structure using "The Hero's Journey" adapted by Christopher Vogler.  The 12 stages of the Hero's Journey will be presented in depth along with the 8 narrative archetypes plus notions of dramaturgy for scene work.  Numerous examples will be given of the use of the Hero's Journey in cinema as well as in classical text such as Shakespeare.  This is an essential tool for directors, scenarists and actors who want to understand the inner workings of a narrative.

Improvising on film

On a film set an actor must know how to improvise.  Whether adapting to unforeseen events in the shooting plan, dealing with changes to the scenario and script or simply managing unexpected demands from a director, a film actor must constantly plunge into the unknown and create a spontaneous performance whilst being aware of the technical restraints of a scene.  This workshop explores using improvised theatre tools in the context of a film shoot.  Practical exercises with film equipment will be used to polish your improvisation skills and gain confidence in front of a camera.

Screwing up scenes

This workshop is aimed at actors who are working with text.  The workshop invites the actors to explore their text based scenes by applying improvisation techniques and games to their performance.  The idea is to explode the scene and make new performance discoveries by allowing ourselves to truly experiment with a text in unpredictable ways.  Total creative freedom and open-minded playfulness are established as classic texts come alive in a completely different way.   

Status

“Status” is above all about relationships and how characters behave towards each other.  It exposes the unconscious manoeuvres that a character makes to dominate or be dominated by his partner.  Through awareness of Status an actor will be able to fine tune his play and generate compelling stories based on strong relationships.  Once you have learnt Status, you will never see human relations in the same way again.  « Status » is an acting tool developed by Keith Johnstone.

Relational stakes

This workshop allows you to discover the basic structure of a story. The improvisors will learn to implement this structure in their scene work whilst remaining free and spontaneous in their improvisation. The stories developed will be based on characters and their relationships. The tools used in this workshop are inspired by the work of Keith Johnstone and Kenn Adams.

Creating characters

This workshop presents tools to help you create strong, varied and sincere characters on stage.  The participants will discover how to play a character in a hundred different ways and how to rapidly generate a character for the needs of an improvised scene.  The techniques used in the workshop are applicable to improvised shows, but can also be used as work tools for non-improvised performances.  The workshop will present the Fast-Food Stanislavsky technique developed by Keith Johnstone, as well as other ways of creating characters on stage.

Getting in and out of trouble

We are onstage to "play" with our partners in every sense of the term.  This workshop develops the notion of a playful relationship between actors.  We will try and tease our partner by getting them in trouble and trying to destabilse them.  The goal being to generate accidents and surprises that can be transformed into unexpected gifts for our creativity.  All strategies are welcome when it comes to playing with mischief: say "no", ignore your partner, play in a bizarre manner…  This workshop will show how your worst impro nightmares can actually be sources of inspiration that can refresh your performance.

Spontaneous storytelling

This workshop deals the with the heart of improvisation: the concept of spontaneity.  It provides tools to liberate an actors spontaneity by overcoming fear and removing the pressure we create for ourselves when we try to be clever or funny.   These techniques explore the playful relationship between actors on stage and its importance in the creative process of story development.

Micetro

This workshop will introduce you to the Keith Johnstone show called « Micetro ».  The Micetro is an excellent training tool for actors as well as directors.  It can create a fantastic playground for improvisers to experiment and learn in, as well as being a very popular show for an audience.  The shows structure seems simple but it hides many subtle secrets that are the keys to its success.  This workshop aims to provide the keys to running a successful Micetro.  Micetro is a show format under liscense to the Internationl Theatresports Institute.

Blah bi ka shlop

Do you wonder what the point of Gibberish is? Do you hate doing scenes in Gibberish? Well this workshop is for you. The workshop aims to make Gibberish accessible for everybody and allow improvisers to discover how it is a real tool for an actor. Participants will learn how to develop their own style of Gibberish that they are comfortable with. Gibberish is a fantastic tool for working improviser’s awareness of each other and their capacity to react to their partner with sincere emotional energy.

Mantras

Mantras can transform a scene from a basic interaction into exciting drama. Using breathing and mantra techniques this workshop provides tools for instantly creating sincere drama in acting and improvisation. The tools help an actor to bypass their intellect and to access an organic experience that drives their scene. This is great for improvisors who desire working on material that is less comedy orientated. The workshop is based on techniques by Keith Johnstone.

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