Spotlight On: Christine Brooks

Christine Brooks has performed and taught at improv festivals all over the world in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Reunion Island, Australia and New Zealand. She is returning to New Zealand for NZIF 2016 after 18 months abroad living in the UK, teaching and performing improvised theatre in Europe and becoming the arch enemy of a local influential seagull in Brighton.

Christine brings out the best in her students by creating a safe and connected workshop environment. The improv that Christine loves is relationship focused, grounded in honesty and with full commitment, playfulness and the embracing of happy failure. Christine is passionate about creating inclusive theatre and has done a lot of work that focuses on gender in improv.

Why are you excited about coming to NZIF?
NZIF is home! People I love in the place that I love doing the thing that I love! I've been out of New Zealand for the past 18 months so I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!

What do you get out of festivals like NZIF (or NZIF specifically)?
I just love seeing what everyone is creating! I love hanging out with improvisers from all over NZ, Australia and beyond. I get to see my friends doing cool stuff and making up stories on stage and making each other laugh. 

What will people taking your workshop/attending your show get out of it?
Hopefully they'll get to enjoy creating or watching some fun and touching stories and scenes about relationships.

Catch Christine across NZIF 2016: 4-8 October at BATS Theatre.