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July 31st – August 10th

Shakespeare's plays are full of timeless themes and tropes, characters who have wholehearted wants and joyful play with language that make them still popular today. But these are also elements of a great improv shows, whether it's set in the 16th century or not.

In this workshop we will look at some of the most fun and universally applicable tropes and tools in Shakespeare's work and then play with them in modern settings. We'll look at tropes like enemies to lovers, creating duplicitous villains and flawed heroes, status transitions and flips, big wants and metaphor games.

After the workshop, participants will feel equipped with new skills to take into their improv practice, whether it is modern or Elizabethan.

No prior knowledge of Shakespeare is required!

Self-assessed prerequisites: This workshop is open to anyone with approximately six months of improv training from any theatre

Guest instructor notice: this workshop is taught by a visiting independent artist, not a usual member of The Improv Conspiracy Theatre's teaching staff. While we trust that it will be a fantastic experience for all involved, please note that we do not directly control their curriculums, classroom protocols, etc. Additionally, our standard policy on course deferrals for internal credit does not apply, as the instructor may only be in town for an extremely limited period of time – please consider all bookings to be final.

Capacity notice: this workshop is capped at 20 participants, as opposed to our usual 16.

  • Workshop Session #1
    Sunday, August 4, 2024
Course Fees


Plus online booking fee of $1.25

Prices include GST

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

Important dates, venues & times

Course calendar

Workshop Sessions
  • Workshop Session #1
    Sunday, August 4, 2024

Meet your teacher

Instructor Profile

Brenna Dixon

Brenna is a versatile improvisational actor, director, and teacher working in Australia and internationally. She has been the Director of the improvised musical ‘Smells Like a Song’, Ensemble Player at Impro Melbourne, Artistic Director of the nominated Best Comedy (Melb Fringe) show ‘Soothplayers: Completely Improvised Shakespeare’ and co-creator and performer of I Wish, the immersive music and storytelling show. Brenna completed the Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University and has been teaching theatre and improvisation since 2012. She has taught and performed for adults and children of all ages, and for various organisations including Brave Studios, The Decent People, New Zealand Improv Festival, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Monash University and more.

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