Improv for Voice Actors
Don’t miss this brand new trial session with master improv teacher, Chris Mead
Friday 29th september 2023 at 6pm (UK)
Voice acting isn't just about reading lines; it's about bringing characters to life. Improv sharpens your creative instincts, enabling you to think on your feet and adapt seamlessly to any script.
In the world of voice acting, versatile character portrayal is key. Improv empowers you to dive deeper into character development, making your performances more authentic and engaging.
The voice acting industry demands versatility. With improv, you'll gain the confidence to tackle various genres and characters, expanding your career opportunities.
Chris Mead is a full time Improv teacher and performer. He passionately believe it makes us better artists and better human beings. He is part of the senior teaching team for Hoopla Impro, the largest improv school in the UK as well as running his own classes. He has taught in over 25 countries worldwide and is one third of legendary scifi improv team, Project2 and co-founder of Unmade Theatre Co.
What is improv? Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene, or story are made up in the moment. Often improvisers will take a suggestion from the audience, or draw on some other source of inspiration to get started.
Improv is incredibly unique in that if you see a performance, that’s it… there will never be another scene or show exactly like it ever done again. Improv is different every time.
Short firm and long form. There are two different forms of improv, long form and short form. The short form consists of scenes that only take a few minutes, stand on their own, or that are connected by an overarching thematic motif, but not connected to each other. Improv “games” are largely all short form and usually lead to very comical interactions. Whereas, long form improv includes the actors staying in character to create a more detailed scene that can end up being made into a short play. This form tends to take on a more serious tone but can include comedic elements. A very popular version of long form improv is the Murder Mystery. Actors have a general idea of where the plot is headed and even who the murderer is but must come up with most of the show in the moment.
Yes and... The most important aspect of both long and short improv is the concept of “Yes, and…”. An actor must never say no to a suggestion made by another actor. If there is a suggestion of aliens who live underwater, the actor must say “Yes, and” and continue to add more details to the scene.