Course dates

Starting date, Saturday 28 Sep 2019
10am-5pm | 2 days
Starting date, Saturday 8 Feb 2020
10am-5pm | 2 days
Starting date, Saturday 6 Jun 2020
10-5pm | 2 days

Course overview

Would you like to be less nervous in unfamiliar situations? Perhaps be more creative when put on the spot? This course uses improv comedy to help you explore your speaking style and personal brand, examine your audiences, and train you to think on your feet while still feeling in control and having a good time.

My takeaway is to accept whatever situation you are in and build the future starting from the (pear-shaped) object in front of you!

Dorinda, Spring 2017

The course was run exceptionally well. We were all made to feel immediately comfortable and which meant we were able to push through a large amount of exercises and a good pace without feeling intimidated by the more challenging tasks.

Adam, Autumn 2016

Improv comedy is about being in the present moment, listening carefully and contributing freely. Above all, it is about being open to new situations and possibilities. These core skills are directly transferrable to social and workplace contexts. This immersive weekend course introduces you to the key principles underpinning comedy improvisation while simultaneously creating a more confident you. Our method? A lot of very fun and suitably challenging games, exercises, and techniques that will have you laughing and feeling more confident straight away.

Commanding your Audience has been taken by people from a variety of creative and business backgrounds, including writers, actors, artists, model-makers, coders, accountants, and big business managers, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students of all ages and subjects.

This two-day course draws on a diverse range of social science theories and improv systems that together produce a course that allows participants to find their best potential. Safe space is created in which to take risks with new friends. We create a relaxed learning environment and teach improv skills you can take into your everyday life. The class invites those from a range of backgrounds, including those for whom English is a second language.

Fees

£195

Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses@gold.ac.uk so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable. 

Starting date, Saturday 28 Sep 2019
10am-5pm | 2 days
Starting date, Saturday 8 Feb 2020
10am-5pm | 2 days
Starting date, Saturday 6 Jun 2020
10-5pm | 2 days

Enquiries

If you have any questions about this course please contact shortcourses (@gold.ac.uk) .

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Location

Richard Hoggart Building

Tutor information


Course tutor, Victoria Hogg

Victoria Hogg

Victoria Hogg is an applied improv coach dedicated to low-risk, high-reward interactions. Her teaching philosophy is grounded in such social science sub-genres as psychology, sociology, and verbal and non-verbal communication. Vic is experienced in creating safe space and knows how to maintain it to an individual’s and a group’s lasting advantage. She is dedicated to increasing agency and skill in a fun, playful environment. Vic’s MA in Applied Theatre (Goldsmiths) informs her career as a creative arts facilitator and her highly respected free weekly show, DDG Improv keeps her teaching grounded, relevant and fresh. Vic’s applied improv company The Offer Bank creates positive outcomes in corporate settings.

 

Course structure

Day 1: What You Like and What You Hate About Speaking In Groups

We create a positive group dynamic. As a team, we’ll start to take risks in the moment and learn to go with the flow using the core improv principle: ‘Yes, And’, plus flexibility, active listening, and wider creativity. Play is key. We explore status, hive mind, and stage-and-audience dynamic. The group will become adept at making contributions with confidence and humor and will practice accepting offers with enthusiasm in this low-risk environment. 

Day 2: Putting It Into Practice

We dive into what makes each of us tick as presenters as we explore body language and personal and professional authenticity while working on making others feel comfortable. We unpack what it is to speak in front of groups and discuss what the audience brings to the party. We work on body language and delivery via status. The day offers lots of opportunity to try a range of techniques and to unpack what works and why.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course you will have gained:

  • Increased confidence and enjoyment as you present yourself and your ideas
  • Increased mental flexibility towards new ideas and collaborators
  • Command of a space or group via positive verbal/non-verbal comms
  • Increased imagination as you think ‘outside the box’
  • Greater resilience with the inevitable beestings and bullets of public speaking

About the department

Our Department of Theatre and Performance is committed to approaching performance in exciting and challenging ways, both within and beyond European traditions. The Department is ranked 22nd in the world for performing arts, and has a strong focus on balancing academic study with creative and technical practice. This enables our students to explore hands-on theatre making while developing their knowledge of theatre history and culture. There is a particular onus on interdisciplinary learning throughout the department, as well as international networks within the industry. The Departmental facilities include our 160-seat George Wood Theatre, four performance studios, scenic studios, a sound studio and open-access media lab.

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