Classes

Learn The Art of Improv

The Calgary Improv School offers improv classes to take you from beginner to expert! Engage your creativity and fun in a supportive environment. Train to become a performer, or just improve your work, relationships, and well-being with the best brain training on the planet. Email christine@kinkonauts.com for more info!

Friday September 20, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

The trickster character is as ubiquitous as it is controversial. This archetypical character existed before stories were written down, and was both hated and admired since its first appearance in the collective unconscious. The trickster exists wherever order exists – its sole intention, to undermine it. Loki, Huckleberry Finn, Jack Sparrow and Bugs Bunny are all examples of wonderful tricksters – they’re charming, annoying, and absolutely brilliant.

In improv, we all get to be tricksters. After all, the trickster is spontaneous, funny and totally present – everything we want to be on stage. However, its urge is destructive. The trickster doesn’t have our best interests in mind – it wants to make us uncomfortable and disoriented. It reveals our vulnerability and that of our scene partners. This makes us worry, which makes us silence the trickster within us.

This workshop will challenge us to come to terms with our own inner trickster. We will mess with each other and with ourselves, we will create chaos and accept the consequences, we will let the trickster shine and take us into dark, unexplored territory.

This is an intermediate to advanced level workshop. To register, you must have *minimum* 50 hours of improv experience & instruction. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com

Taught by Itamar Karbian

I have been improvising for about 11 years and teaching improv for about 8. I’ve taught improv in improv schools and the Tel-Aviv based MOVE acting studio, as well as in corporate and private environments. I’ve coached teams for both short-form and long-form formats from beginner to performance level.

I am the founder and co-artistic director of Lamabati, one of the oldest performing groups in Israel, and was co-founder, co-artistic director, MC and coach of the Improleague, an Israeli initiative intended to provide performance opportunities for beginner improvisers.

I have travelled to perform all around Europe, including Finland, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Turkey, Greece, Estonia and Sweden.

Saturday September 21, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

This workshop is sold out

How can my acting transform the scene, my partner and myself? How can I react fully and naturally?

Two of the key principles of professional acting (that many improvisers tend to forget) are action and reaction: what our character wants and how we can affect our partner in order to obtain this want. By focusing on attentive action and emotional reaction, our relationships deepen and our scenes come alive. This is true for both comedy and tragedy.

This workshop is a pure acting class! You will learn how to transform every scene through acting, and reaching towards your partner and not just to yourself. This is a ticket to the wild rollercoaster of re/acting.

This is an intermediate to advanced level workshop. To register, you should have *minimum* 50 hours of improv experience & instruction. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Hila Di Castro

I am an actress, improviser and teacher based in Israel. Since graduating from Acting Studio in 2002, I have acted in diverse theater, film and television productions in Israel (including one super cool horror movie).

Upon discovering the world of improvisation in 2005, I have performed with several improv groups: Improline, komikaza, provisori and an all-woman ensemble named Anna’s Friends.

I am a member and a co-artistic director of LAMABATI, one of the leading improv groups in Israel. We perform throughout Israel and festivals all over the world.

I perform, teach and instruct improv around the world, including festivals (FiiF2016, Tilt2016, THE BIG IF 2018) and private groups (Belgium, Germany, Latvia and more). I also officiated improv competitions in Israel, including Israel’s 2015 National Improv Championship.

I teach acting and improvisation since 2010. My teaching spans acting schools, high schools, private groups and a theatre school for orthodox Jews. I also coach several improv troupes, including an all-orthodox women’s group.

I am the co-founder and the artistic director of “20,000 Words”, an improv performance and workshop that teaches and discusses gender equality throughout Israel.

I am an actress and trainer at D-Theatro, a company that utilizes theatre and improv mediums to provide indoor training and coaching workshops to diverse organizations, with the goal of enhancing inter-personal communication and soft skills. I am the artistic director of “Not Just for Actors”, an improvised performance created by D-Theatro, which takes audience participation to the limit.

Saturday September 21, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

This workshop centers on the “inner judge” that sits on our shoulder and, while making a serious face, constantly tells us we aren’t smart, funny or original enough.

The purpose of this workshop is to help you learn how to handle your inner judge. Using highly practical tools, we will learn how to silence our inner judge when needed – and when to pay attention to what he/she has to say. This workshop will help you to get out of your head and be free in your improv.

This workshop is for beginner to intermediate players. You should have completed minimum Intro to Improv Part 1 & 2, or have minimum 20 hours of improv experience. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com.

Taught by Hila Di Castro

I am an actress, improviser and teacher based in Israel. Since graduating from Acting Studio in 2002, I have acted in diverse theater, film and television productions in Israel (including one super cool horror movie).

Upon discovering the world of improvisation in 2005, I have performed with several improv groups: Improline, komikaza, provisori and an all-woman ensemble named Anna’s Friends.

I am a member and a co-artistic director of LAMABATI, one of the leading improv groups in Israel. We perform throughout Israel and festivals all over the world.

I perform, teach and instruct improv around the world, including festivals (FiiF2016, Tilt2016, THE BIG IF 2018) and private groups (Belgium, Germany, Latvia and more). I also officiated improv competitions in Israel, including Israel’s 2015 National Improv Championship.

I teach acting and improvisation since 2010. My teaching spans acting schools, high schools, private groups and a theatre school for orthodox Jews. I also coach several improv troupes, including an all-orthodox women’s group.

I am the co-founder and the artistic director of “20,000 Words”, an improv performance and workshop that teaches and discusses gender equality throughout Israel.

I am an actress and trainer at D-Theatro, a company that utilizes theatre and improv mediums to provide indoor training and coaching workshops to diverse organizations, with the goal of enhancing inter-personal communication and soft skills. I am the artistic director of “Not Just for Actors”, an improvised performance created by D-Theatro, which takes audience participation to the limit.

Sunday September 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Research shows that an average woman speaks approximately 20,000 words a day, while a man speaks only 7000.

Since childhood, we are programmed by society to think of gender in a certain way – boys should wear blue and be powerful, while girls should wear pink and be gentle. As we progress in time, we start breaking these patterns. But they are more profound than we think.

In order to break them completely, we must know the history of gender roles and challenge ourselves not to take the beliefs we were raised on for granted. This workshop aims to do exactly that.

We will dive into gender theory and history before challenging ourselves to play the opposite sex on stage without judgment. We will then challenge ourselves to play scenes without ANY gender presumptions at all.

The laboratory’s goal is to make us see the world through different gender glasses. The workshop works best with an equal number of men and women.

This is an all levels-workshop. To register, you should have minimum 20 hours of improv experience and instruction (Intro to Improv Part 1 & 2 or equivalent). Contact jess@kinkonauts.com if you have questions about your level.

Taught by Hila Di Castro

I am an actress, improviser and teacher based in Israel. Since graduating from Acting Studio in 2002, I have acted in diverse theater, film and television productions in Israel (including one super cool horror movie).

Upon discovering the world of improvisation in 2005, I have performed with several improv groups: Improline, komikaza, provisori and an all-woman ensemble named Anna’s Friends.

I am a member and a co-artistic director of LAMABATI, one of the leading improv groups in Israel. We perform throughout Israel and festivals all over the world.

I perform, teach and instruct improv around the world, including festivals (FiiF2016, Tilt2016, THE BIG IF 2018) and private groups (Belgium, Germany, Latvia and more). I also officiated improv competitions in Israel, including Israel’s 2015 National Improv Championship.

I teach acting and improvisation since 2010. My teaching spans acting schools, high schools, private groups and a theatre school for orthodox Jews. I also coach several improv troupes, including an all-orthodox women’s group.

I am the co-founder and the artistic director of “20,000 Words”, an improv performance and workshop that teaches and discusses gender equality throughout Israel.

I am an actress and trainer at D-Theatro, a company that utilizes theatre and improv mediums to provide indoor training and coaching workshops to diverse organizations, with the goal of enhancing inter-personal communication and soft skills. I am the artistic director of “Not Just for Actors”, an improvised performance created by D-Theatro, which takes audience participation to the limit.

Sunday September 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

This workshop is now full

We all know these moments – somebody says something on stage and the audience goes silent with dread. Everyone knows that something inappropriate just happened. It might be an offensive phrase or just plain bad improv. The only clear thing is that somebody messed up. Now the question is – what do we do about it?

In this workshop we will create a safe space in which we can let these moments arise, then learn how to deal with them – by recontextualizing, doubling down, speaking honestly and finding creative ways to say both “yes” and “no”.

This is an intermediate/advanced workshop. This is a second offering of this workshop. Please only take one of the two workshops.

Taught by Itamar Karbian

I have been improvising for about 11 years and teaching improv for about 8. I’ve taught improv in improv schools and the Tel-Aviv based MOVE acting studio, as well as in corporate and private environments. I’ve coached teams for both short-form and long-form formats from beginner to performance level.

I am the founder and co-artistic director of Lamabati, one of the oldest performing groups in Israel, and was co-founder, co-artistic director, MC and coach of the Improleague, an Israeli initiative intended to provide performance opportunities for beginner improvisers.

I have travelled to perform all around Europe, including Finland, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Turkey, Greece, Estonia and Sweden.

Sunday September 22, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM

This workshop is now full

Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, the Wicked Witch of the West – they all died big, fabulous memorable deaths! How often do we get to explode into fame or infamy on stage?

In this workshop, players will focus on making stupid choices on a colossal scale and daring to fuck up the scene, the story and their character’s lives. We will break through our usual no-go zones – heartbreak, death, failure, disaster – and, instead of hesitating or finding solutions, discover what is on the other side.

We will learn how to stop being afraid of the futures of our scenes and embrace the consequences of our choices, as terrible or wonderful as they may be. Finally, we will learn how to see through our big, bad choices and commit to the grand, grotesque or tragic characters these choices require. (May include grandiose death scenes, villainy and a lot of tsk-tsking from the audience).

This class is for advanced improvisers. To register, you should have *minimum* 100 hours of improv experience & instruction. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Amir Atson

I have been improvising for over ten years. I am a co-founder of Lamabati, one of the leading improv groups in Israel and proud member of Ohana, a collective of European improvisors. I have spent the last several years building the improv community in Jerusalem, teaching classes and workshops and performing at various festivals with Lamabati (festivals include: FIIF, BIG IF, SWIMP, EDFringe, TILT, CIIF, Mt. Olymprov and Istanbul). I developed the original format “Everyday Magic”, an improvised homage to the works of the Israeli author Etgar Keret. In addition to my pursuits in improv, I also perform playback theater with one of Israel’s leading troupes, Reflected Light. As a teacher, my main points of focus are group mind, the uses of physicality and trusting one’s instincts. My outlook and sensitivities as a teacher are enriched by my work as a Drama-Therapist at a psychiatric hospital.