Training

WIT’s goal is to provide improvisation training and opportunities for performance at every level, including beginner, regular troupe training, special workshops and opportunities to become a trainer yourself.

 Beginners

The starting point for WIT training is the supportive and fun group environment at the Wellington Community Education Centre (WCEC) (Wellington High School) Joy of Improv classes. Each course is completed with a performance for family and friends.  To register call the WCEC directly on 385-8919, email cec@whs.school.nz or do it via their website.

For people who have completed an introductory course, ‘level 2′ courses are run (usually) twice a year, after that you are most welcome to join our Tuesday night sessions, apply for membership, and take other classes and workshops available to members. If you’re not sure where you fit or have any questions, email info@wit.org.nz .

Tuesday nights

Regular Tuesday-night training is held for WITsters who have undertaken the beginner’s courses or have had some previous training or experience elsewhere that would make integration easy. Evenings are usually* hosted at Drama Christi Studio (in Taranaki St, next to Wesley Church) from 6.30pm. The focus there may be a general improv workout, preparation for shows such as Micetro, or may be on a particular skill set, such as physical improv.

New members are welcome, so be brave and come along to play. If you’re curious, but unsure as to whether it’s right for you, email us info@wit.org.nz

* Note that in the lead up to show seasons Tuesdays may go on hold for a while, and we usually take a break over Christmas – if you haven’t been before or for a while, check before you come along to make sure it’s happening.

WIT School

WIT School courses run over 4-8 weeks, and are run by a Senior Trainer. There is an extra charge for these, and they may be held at a different venue. Courses during 2011-2012 have included Character, Shakespeare, Narrative and Sceneography. These are advertised in the WIT member weekly newsletter, make sure you’re on the list – email info@wit.org.nz for details.

Workshops

As well as the regular Tuesday night sessions, special workshops are run several times twice a year. Past WIT workshops have been lead by Rebecca De Unamuno, Greg Cooper of the ConArtists, Greg Ellis of the Improvisors, and Patti Stiles .

Experienced

For players with considerable experience of improvisation, we encourage the development of skills in all areas related to improvisation (including MC-ing, directing, training and producing). To develop the broad range of skills, experienced WITs have the opportunity to train and assist at the CEC courses and at WIT’s Tuesday sessions, to train and perform as an MC at Friends and Family shows, and produce or direct WIT shows.

WIT also supports the production of shows that demand higher levels of player experience. The Creative Directors select players for advanced shows, such as Gorilla, based on an assessment of the player’s readiness, the mix of players required for the show and the limited places available. Additional training for such shows is provided. Experienced players are encouraged to initiate their own shows and train for them, with WIT providing institutional support and creative direction where required. Improv Divas and Lovepossibly are examples of shows that have been spearheaded by WIT members with WIT support. Training is usually cooperative in nature, with training supplemented by WIT’s Creative Directors if required.

If you’d like more information about improv training with WIT, email info@wit.org.nz

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