Improvisation has always had its roots in the streets. Commedia del Arte would thrill passersby, and Keith Johnstone began his work with Theatre Machine, touring Europe and engaging audiences in the streets. In the great outdoors, the Sky is literally the limit! We’ll play active games and explore environments, characters and stories. Even take our hand at engaging outdoor audiences in the moment with exciting improvised scenes!
Saturday & Sunday
Instructor: Jeff Gladstone
Jeff is a multi-faceted actor, director and teacher with extensive training in improvisation, theatre & film. Born and raised in Treaty 7 land (Calgary) he holds a BFA in Drama from U of C, and was a member of the Loose Moose Theatre Company where he first met and trained with Keith Johnstone. Now living on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver), Jeff is the artistic director of the International Theatresports Institute, and a company member and lead teaching artist with Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival where he has developed curriculum for children, seniors and professional actors. He recently launched a new international online impro project called The Naked Improvisors that was part of the National Arts Centre Canada Performs series. His recent work with Vancouver Opera, The Kettle Society, Vancouver Parks Board and the Carnegie Centre with artists living with mental illness and homelessness has had a huge impact on his teaching practise, leading with empathy and care, and creating a space that is as inclusive and safe as possible. Performance highlights include the feature film Kingsway (TIFF 2018, Leo nomination for Best Supporting Actor), four seasons at Bard on the Beach including the hit productions As You Like It, and Alls Well That Ends Well, and Blanche (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Huffington Post top shows of 2011)