• Comedy Café Berlin (map)
  • Roseggerstraße 17
  • 12059 Berlin
  • Germany

An improviser’s job is to find truth in every moment on stage in order to create different, genuine and spontaneous stories, time and time again. 

The only way the truth of a moment is found, and thus an authentic performance given, is by opening yourself up to all the beauties and horrors a moment can throw at you and engaging with them honestly. The only way to be open is be vulnerable. 

Vulnerability is what authenticity is built on, it’s what distinguishes real relationships from fake ones, and it’s what makes an actor’s job so unbelievably enthralling and inherently unpredictable. Actors don’t learn how to pretend, they learn how to be real. 

This two-day intensive workshop looks at the subtleties of human interactions and trains actors to listen fully, engage generously and perform selflessly. Through openness and vulnerability, the actor is able to find a far deeper range and selection of characters and stories to avoid the curse of predictability and ‘sameness’. 

Using traditional acting tools and techniques developed by Stanislavski, Meisner and Lecoq, the workshop gives actors the skills they need to tap into their vulnerability using body, mind and speech, and explores how that vulnerability can be fertile ground from which different impulses and emotions are grown to develop authentic and versatile characters whilst working in an improvisational manner. 

Open to beginners as well as experienced actors. 

Duration: 9 hours across two days
Saturday 7th April : 15:00 - 18:00
Sunday 8th April : 11:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 18:00

Cost: €80 total (€20 due to register and reserve your spot, and €60 due on the first day of class)

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/7KOZf5qECL7bweE92

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About the teacher: 

Pepa Duarte is an actor and improviser with 13 years of experience. Pepa trained in improvisation with Shawn Kinley (Loose Moose, Canada), Omar Argentino (Spain), Marcelo Savignone, Osqui Guzmán (Argentina), Jose Luis Saldaña (Mexico), Charna Halpern (Chicago), Kaisa Kokko (Finland), Steve Jarand (Canada), Kati Schweitzer (Germany) and Jon Bolden (Texas) among others and has taught improv in various workshops and drama schools across Peru. Her research on improv technique as a tool for actors has been acknowledged by the PUCP University and she has worked with more than 400 professional actors using this technique. 

Pepa hods a BA (Hons) in Performing Art from the Catholic University of Peru and is currently doing postgraduate studies in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London. 

Pepa was a teacher and director for 8 years in the improv company “Imprologia” in Peru with which she performed in long and short formats as “Night’s of imprologia”, “Maestro” Johnstone’s format, “Circo”, “Memorias: Soundpainting Orchestra”, and many others. She created and directed shows like: “The Improv High-School” and “Women Improvising”. 

Co-founder of the multidisciplinary arts collective Imaginario Colectivo which has develop more than 8 theatre spectacles with awards and funding from the government of Peru and international organisations. She has a duet: “Imaginary Stories”, a solo show “Contar/Cantar” and a solo music show “Volver a Empezar” where she sings latinoamerican music and performs her own poems.

She has performed in international theatre and improv festivals as “SLAPDASH Improv International Festival” in London, “Lima Divergente Improv” in Peru, “Santiago OFF” in Chile and “International Theatre Festival of Lima” in Peru.