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Improvisation Workshops with Martha Ross


Before I studied at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, I couldn’t improvise if my life depended on it. Among other things, the Lecoq method guides students into becoming accomplished and exciting improvisers, which is one of the reasons so many of Lecoq grads become such excellent creators of theatre. An essential aspect of the work is the joy of play, whether exploring serious drama or full-out comedy. - Martha Ross

The workshop begins as does the school: Through identification with distinct dynamics and rhythms the actor is led to the discovery of characters that are then put into situations. A theme fuels the improvisations. For this workshop the theme will be ‘to look’: to ransack, to turn upside down, to desperately find what you’re looking for. What you are looking for is part of the discovery.

The imagination is fired. The story is revealed. Begin in silence and theatre is born.

About Martha Ross

Martha Ross trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has been Improvising, writing, performing, teaching, directing and creating original theatre ever since. With Theatre Columbus, the company she co-founded with Leah Cherniak in 1983, Martha collectively created many award-winning plays: The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine; The Betrayal (Chalmers award); Dr. Dapertutto; Paranoia; The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls to name just a few. Martha teaches Physical Theatre at universities and private studios across Canada. She received, with Leah Cherniak, the 2009 George Luscombe award for Mentorship.

Three workshops are offered. If you register for two or more, a 10% discount is provided. The hope is that the workshops will lead to a small presentation and then the beginning phases of a show.

Location: Downtown studio. TBA

Workshop One
Weekend workshop: Oct. 29 and 30
Time: 10:30- 5:30
Fee: $165

Workshop Two
Weekend workshop: Nov. 19 and 20
Time: 10:30 – 5:30
Fee: $165

Workshop Three
Evening workshop: Nov. 1 and 3/ Nov. 8 and 10/ Nov. 15 and 17/ Nov. 22 and 24/ Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 (these dates could possibly shift)
Time: 6:00 - 9:30
Fee: $ 200

(Please inform Martha if you can only do some of these dates.)

Payment options: Post-dated cheques/ E-transfers/ Weekly payments, etc.
10% discount if you do two or more workshops.

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