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Educational Series: Naturalistic Improvisation and Impromptu Storytelling

  • Polanentheater 174 Polanenstraat Amsterdam, NH, 1013 WC Netherlands (map)

Naturalistic Improvisation
Through a series of exercises focused on both personal awareness and teamwork, you will learn a style of improvisation that feels more like life, which can be freeing for both improvisers and actors without a background in improvisation. And just like life, it can be beautiful, it can be sad, it can be scary, and it can be hilarious.

Impromptu Storytelling
Creating a fully realized story on the spot can be daunting. But breaking down basic story elements and reassembling them with specific milestones in mind simplifies the process. We take the basic narrative structure and look at it from different angles to make the most sense of it. We then play with techniques and concepts to see how they fit together, so you can confidently play both the actor and the playwright at once.

Participants will leave the workshop with new tools that can be applied in their own performances, whether it be for improvisation or scripted work. You can learn more about Shea & his work at

Shea Elmore specializes in a style of interactive performance that gives ordinary audience members the power to be the stars of their own fictional play. Each story is created on the spot, and a world is developed around the participant to play how they want and to fight for what, and who, they care about. In addition to having run his own interactive theatre company in New York, Shea has led workshops for actors and non-actors alike.

The educational series will take place once a month, on a Saturday, at the Polanentheater from 14.00 to 17.00. Costs are €5 for members and €15 for non- members.  You must pre-pay in order to reserve.  There is a maximum number of participants for most workshops. Please mail for information and to reserve. We hope to see you there!