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Improv Co-Lab Leeds with Derek Miller - guest teacher

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Event description

Welcome to in-person, open play for improvisers, twice monthly in Leeds (West Yorkshire). With themed sessions and fun short-form games, we’ll explore and bring-to-life the principles and practice of improvisation.

This friendly, drop-in event is for improvisers of comedy and drama, keen to get more regular practice by performing, and playing games and scenes.

This workshop will be led by Derek Miller. Derek is a lifelong improviser whose career began as a child in Chicago with Piven, later working with Del Close and Second City in college - becoming the youngest ever teacher at IO in LA. He created an improvised musical there that ran for over 20 years and starred in many TV shows. He runs improv workshops all over Europe and the UK - specialising in many forms and form creation. He’s also a regular teacher at the Mob in Dublin and teaches in Leeds at YAFTA and Act4tv 

This event is for you, if you’re curious to:

  • Gain more improv experience.
  • Meet fellow improvisers.
  • Experiment with new improv games or ideas.
  • Form your own performance troupe.
  • Have fun and a jolly good time.

I made this for people like us - hello! 

I’m Chris Kenworthy - an enthusiastic and curious improviser (and professional coach). I travel the UK and Europe exploring improv retreats, workshops and intensives, then offer my discoveries to the group for everyone to play with. I’ve trained with The Maydays, Maria Peters, Jennifer Jordan and Chris Mead.

I’m keen to build a more connected improv scene here in Leeds. I’d also like to deepen my improv by playing with a consistent group of friendly improvisers. I’m still learning too!

This is informal play and practise for all

You’re welcome at Co-Lab whatever your improv experience. Amongst us are beginners, ex-drama students, amateur and professional actors, lapsed and experienced performing improvisers.

You’ll get the most out of this if you’re curious, open-hearted and courageous - ready to jump in and play (that’s improv!). As a newcomer, you’re welcome to come observe a few games and get a feel for our group, then join in as the session unfolds.

While Leeds Improv Co-Lab isn’t a formal class or taught lesson, you’ll be in safe hands because I’ll host and facilitate/lead the session. I’ll make sure we’re welcomed, warmed up, and that everyone plays fairly and on-time.

Please send me a message if you feel unsure about any of this (use the ‘Contact host’ button below).

What to expect 

Here’s what a typical 90-minute session looks like:

  1. Welcome and theme introduction.
  2. Check-in and agreements.
  3. Gentle warm-up.
  4. Play improv games and scenes! (+ Comfort break).
  5. Check-out and close.

Past session themes include follow your feet, character work, play it big, mischief, truth in comedy, mistakes and failure. I also invite guest teachers to host special one-off sessions.

Leeds Improv Co-Lab is a not-for-profit, community event

Your ticket covers ongoing running costs like hiring a room and admin fees. Concession tickets are available if you can’t afford to come - just ask.

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