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School Holiday Programme for Teens

  • BATS Theatre 1 Kent Terrace Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)

Three fun-packed days of workshops to take you from improv novice to star player. For the first time ever, the biggest improv event of the year has opened its doors for young adults (aged 13 – 18) to take part in workshops and shows. Broaden your horizons under the guidance of experienced local and international improvisors. As part of the programme, you will also take part in two nights of performances at BATS Theatre alongside professional level performers. 

What is Improv?

Improv is a form of theatre without a pre-planned script or plotline. The actors work in the moment, creating characters and building a story by reacting to each other as those characters. There are many types of improv, with Theatresports probably being the most well known one. however improv is not just limited to comedy style competitions. Improvisors are encouraged to make scenes that are heartfelt, thrilling, disgusting or just plain silly.

Why should I/ my child/ my students learn improv?

Improv is a fun and dynamic way to strengthen literacy skills, especially storytelling and idea generation. It is invaluable for those interested in theatre and acting, building stage confidence and allowing students to work on their stagecraft. The skill of creating in the moment and allowing the spontaneous flow of ideas is a great learning tool and foot in the door for future actors. But improv isn’t just for those who wish to see their name up in lights. It is a great vehicle to develop collaboration, listening, and teamwork skills - important skills in any field. 


With hundreds of theatre makers around the world flying in to participate, there is no better opportunity to experience Improv. Immerse yourself in the excitement of being part of a festival, internationally renowned in the improv community. During the workshops you will learn from local and international teachers. This is also a fantastic opportunity for aspiring theatre-makers to meet new friends and future collaborators. You will open the festival with 2 shows in the iconic BATS theatre, with your audience including improvisors participating in the festival as well as the general public. Join a community of positive failure and endless encouragement in an environment of diversity and openness to learning. The NZIF programme includes 39 shows in a variety of styles. Broaden your understanding of improv as an art form beyond the theatresports style you learned in school.

The Programme

Day One

  • Introduction to Improv

  • The fundamentals of successful Improv 

Day Two

  • Digging Deeper

  • Engage your audience with stories, characters, and stage craft

  • Showtime! Your first show in the BATS Theatre

Day Three

  • Reflect and Improve

  • Reflecting on your performance from the night before, further developing your skills in the areas for growth

  • Showtime! Your second show in the BATS Theatre

Keen? Sign up now!

Registrations are open at BATS Theatre.

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