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This level is designed to introduce you to The Improv Conspiracy's approach to long form improvised comedy. No prior acting or improv experience is required.

Each class session starts with some fun warm-up exercises designed to help you to get a bit silly and to bond with your classmates.

After the warm-up you'll move onto some enjoyable exercises designed to help you learn some of the basic skills we use when doing improvised scenes on stage.

After the exercises there will be time for you to perform open-ended scenes. This is where the real magic happens! You'll be asked to call on that day's lesson, plus anything you've worked on during the prior weeks.

By the end of the 8 weeks you'll be capable of creating and sustaining interesting and entertaining 3-minute scenes that are completely improvised. Your class will then put on a 30-minute long improvised show for your friends and family, featuring a blend of truthful storytelling and improv scenes inspired by the stories!

Specific Skills and Topics Covered:

- An introduction to the core tenets of improvisation: agreement, listening, commitment & support

- Truth in comedy: how to use truthful storytelling as a way to generate interesting ideas for comedic scenes

- You are enough: the power of playing characters similar to yourself in a comedic scene. What would you say in real life? It's probably the right thing to say here!

- How to create and play an intelligent character with a stong point of view (POV)

- How to flesh out your characters with rich history and philosophy

And more!

  • Workshop Session #1
    Saturday, January 13, 2024
This workshop meets at different venues on different dates – please check the full session calendar
Course Fees

$575 Full / $525 Concession

Plus online booking fee of $5

Prices include GST

Course Prerequisites
This course has no prerequisites
You are eligible for this course
This course has concluded

Important dates, venues & times

Course calendar

Workshop Sessions
Student Showcases
  • Workshop Session #1
    Saturday, January 13, 2024
  • Workshop Session #2
    Saturday, January 20, 2024
  • Workshop Session #3
    Saturday, January 27, 2024
  • Workshop Session #4
    Saturday, February 3, 2024

    This session is different than usual:

    • Venue is different
  • Workshop Session #5
    Saturday, February 10, 2024
  • Workshop Session #6
    Saturday, February 17, 2024
  • Workshop Session #7
    Saturday, February 24, 2024
  • Workshop Session #8
    Saturday, March 2, 2024
  • Student Showcase #1
    Sunday, March 3, 2024 @ 5:00pm

Meet your teacher

Instructor Profile

Simon Hawkings

Simon has been performing with the Improv Conspiracy since 2016.


In that time, he has been a member of the TIC ensemble as part of Harold Night, Churn (sketch), FTIQ, Close Quarters and The Remix. He has co-created and performed in the sketch shows Kiwifruit: An Autobiography (Melbourne Fringe 2019), Am I Doing This Right? (Midsumma Festival 2023) , Mister Act (Midsumma Festival 2024), and Oh, Happy Gay! (MICF 2024).

In 2023 he joined the TIC teaching staff. His main teaching goal is to make sure students engage with each other and have fun.

Our community watering hole

Enjoy some good times downstairs at Theory Bar

Fancy a beverage after your next show or class session? Our ground floor bar is open Wednesday–Sunday.

Community members and ticket-holders get 10% off*

(* Sundays and Public Holidays excepted)

Theory Bar