Masterclass with Lyn Pierse with guest teachers Brent Thorpe and Nikki Britton: Total of 8 classes
Cost of Course: $500.00
Tickets and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/119579293887
Thursday 1 October
Thursday 8 October
Thursday 15 October
Thursday 22 October
Thursday 29 October
Thursday 5 November
Thursday 12 November
Thursday 19 November
*Each class takes place between 7-10pm AEST LIVE via ZOOM. Course outline and ZOOM setup confirmed upon registration
Lyn Pierse is Australia’s most recognised and experienced Improvisation teacher teaching two generations of actors, teachers, standup comics and students of Improvisation for National Institute Dramatic Art 22 years, Actors Centre Australia 25 years, Australian Academy Dramatic Art 5 years, National Theatre School Melbourne, University of Armidale and Macquarie University, Drama NSW, EDA and community theatres and workshops across the country.
As Theatresports® National Coach for Belvoir Company B, she pioneered Theatresports® teaching across Australian universities, communities and schools. Her international work includes introducing Theatresports® to New Zealand and Japan. She has taught acting students from Russia, China, Romania, France, Belgium for UNESCO Chair Romania, Sophia University Tokyo, Lyn has staged hundreds of Theatresports® and comedy extravaganzas including Cranston Cup Finals, Much Ado About Impro, Theatresports National and International Comps staged at Sydney Opera House, Belvoir St, Enmore, EXPO Brisbane, Adelaide Festival, State Theatre Sydney, Parade Theatre Sydney. Lyn is also the author of ‘Improvisation: the Guide’ and a Company Director of Improcorp Australia.
Brent Thorpe graduated from Actors Centre Australia (The Power Of Acting) in 1999 and the NIDA Playwrights Studio in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Writing from Macquarie University and Honours in Performance from The School of Theatre, Film and Dance UNSW.
Previous shows include ‘Too Old For TV’ (directed by Kevin Jackson) which enjoyed a successful season in the 2012 Sydney Fringe Festival. The Sydney Ghost Tours (a walking tour of Sydney’s historic areas) which have been attended by over 200,000 people since 2005. In 2013 Brent was the voice of Eurovision for SBS TV. In 2011 and 2013 he was awarded Marrickville Council Arts and Cultural Grants for Playwrighting.
In 2015 and 2016 his production of ‘The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show’ played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to great critical acclaim receiving Four Star reviews in The Scotsman (Edinburgh’s national newspaper) both years. The show also played hugely successful seasons at The Marlborough Theatre in Brighton (UK) and The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London. He returned to Edinburgh in 2018 with Melbourne’s Outcast Theatre in ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ by Steven Dawson. The show was an Official Fringe Sell Out and is returning to Edinburgh in 2021 and also the 2021 Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.
In February 2020 he appeared as his drag alter-ego Brenda Trolloppe in ‘All Aboard Brenda – a Mardi Gras Survival Guide’ on board the Noordam cruise ship for Atlantis Cruise’s Mardi Gras Cruise.
He has taught acting and drama at the Q Theatre Penrith, Actors Centre Australia, Australian Institute of Music and Nepean Area Disability Services.
Nikki Britton started out as an actor and exploded onto the comedy scene in 2011 with her warm, lightning-paced style, that has subsequently seen her appear on the Melbourne Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala, ABC’s Comedy Up Late and on The Comedy Channel as part of the Just For Laughs Festival.
You may have also seen Nikki playing the scene-stealing Marlo on Peter Helliar’s How to Stay Married on Network 10, feature in Matt Okine’s The Other Guy and star in the Screen Australia web-series Sheila, directed by Hannah and Eliza Riley. She has also appeared as a guest on Network Ten’s The Project and Celebrity Name Game.
Her live theatre credits include playing Sara in Amelia Roper’s She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange and touring the one woman Irish play 51 Shades of Maggie Muff around Australia for 2 years to sold-out crowds and critical acclaim.
Nikki has toured her stand up comedy nationally and internationally for the last 6 years including with The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow, as well as performing at LA’s Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Her solo shows Romanticide and One Small Step were both nominated for best comedy at the Perth and Adelaide Comedy Festivals. Her 2019 show Once Bitten received standing ovations and excellent reviews to sold out houses at festivals across the country. As a playwright, she was nominated for a GLUG for her work on Hidden Sydney.
With her electrifying stage presence, warmth and personable demeanour, Nikki Britton is one of Australia’s most in-demand comedy talents.
Course Duration: Every Thursday from 1 October – 19 November Time: 7-10pm AEST
Lyn Pierse and two leading guest comedians, Brent Thorpe and Nikki Britton, will take you through the process of writing and delivering 3-4 minutes of your unique set of stand-up comedy.
1. Find your unique ‘Stand-up Voice’ to say what you want to say.
2. Learn practical exercise and methods to ignite, free and express your ideas and writing process.
3. Apply structures to shape your writing and construct your set.
4. Understand what works and why.
5. Receive feedback on your writing.
6. Cover basic delivery skills.
7. Receive feedback on your delivery.
8. Learn basic ‘stand-up’ etiquette.
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LIVE VIA ZOOM
“We are excited to partner with one of Australia’s leading performing arts learning institutions, Actors Centre Australia and share the passion and experience of these outstanding directors and creative leaders’ insights and teachings. The program offers a comprehensive learning opportunity on acting through the lens of this diverse and exciting talented group of directors.” – Diana Burnett, Australian Directors Guild
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