Two Day Intensive with Jon Bolden

An intensive 2-day workshop for experienced improvisers, focusing on ensemble storytelling.

As part of BIF 2017, we are thrilled to host Jon Bolden of the Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas, leading this two-day intensive workshop on Friday 27th October (10.00am – 5.00pm and Saturday 28th October (10.00am – 3.00pm).  Jon says:

“For the past six years, I have experimented with improvising short plays or films without a strong focus on a singular main storyline. I’ve always been drawn to more ensemble-oriented worlds such as the plays of Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, or the films of Woody Allen and Richard Linklater. These works typically focus on a simple world of characters are presented to you, as is, and witnessing a story as nothing more than these people living life. The results of this passion has been directing various productions in Austin, Texas centered around this concept. From these shows, I’ve tailored a library of exercises, techniques, and overarching principles that I believe create compelling improvisation and nuanced storytelling.

My excitement for this experience is unique, as I often want to teach or take workshops that are more than a few hours long and are intended for experienced players. I’m excited to work closely with a group of dedicated artists, comedians, actors to create a focused and energized evening of entertainment.”

Jon Bolden is an award-winning director, instructor, and improvisational actor at The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas. He has taught throughout the US and internationally in Japan, Washington DC, Alaska, and at The Vancouver Theatresports Tournament. Jon specialises in ensemble narrative storytelling and is known for his award-winning Nothing & Everything: Improvised Anton Chekhov Plays and the Manhattan Stories: Improvised “Woody Allen Films.” He has also been the producer of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin.

This workshop will be held at the Welsh Congregational Church in Bath Street, Birmingham,  about a 12 minute walk from the Blue Orange Theatre.
Friday 27th October (10.00am  -5.00pm) and Saturday 28th October (10.00am – 3.00pm).

Cost £50 for two days.

To book a place on this workshop please email (you cannot book via this website)

Please note – this workshop does not clash with any of the performances at the Festival.  However, it does clash with the Saturday workshops at the Blue Orange, so please do not book any of these as well.

An ensemble cast improvising Chekhov.