Improv for Beginners

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Fri 17Jun
Sun 19Jun

A gentle introduction into the joy of comedy & theatre improvisation

Facilitator: Jon Trevor

This will be a gentle introduction into the joy of comedy and theatre improvisation. A low-pressure, high-enjoyment workshop in a fun, friendly, supportive and stress-free environment. You will learn to work together with others to spontaneously create group stories, scenes & sketches.

The course is aimed at beginners. You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or improv experience whatsoever. You don’t have to be clever, fast or funny either!

Event time: Fri 17th Jun 2022 at 4:00pm - Sun 19th Jun 2022 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • An introduction to the techniques of collaborative spontaneity
  • A fun- and laughter-filled learning environment
  • A great confidence booster

What You Will Gain

  • Renewed access into your own unlimited creativity
  • A channel for your innate playful nature
  • Discovery of the freedom and challenge of improvisation

The fun thing about improv is that it is learned through play. Starting with simple group games, you will discover the actions, attitudes and mindsets that encourage good teamwork and collaboration. You will then be introduced to the basic tools of collaborative creativity through focus, support and gentle mutual negotiation. Gradually you will be introduced to further improvisation skills such as Spontaneity, Listening, YesAnd, Character, Status, Story. Eventually, you will feel confident to begin to create entire improvised scenes and have fun with improvisation.

Improv is not the same as stand-up; you’re not alone on stage and it’s not about telling jokes or being really quick and witty. It’s about working together as a team with other improvisers to spontaneously create engaging material in the moment.

Find out more about Jon’s improv work here and here.


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.

What Is Included

Both residential and non-residential rates are available. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Additional Activities

  • Mindful walking through our woodland trails
  • Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
  • Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
  • Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£245 Non-Residential
£305 Residential Shared
£345 Residential Single


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Practical Information

No materials required. Bring comfy clothes, and a sense of fun and curiosity.

Please note that prices are listed per person.

Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Jon Trevor

Jon has been performing and teaching improv for 11 years. He trained at iO in Chicago, with the Maydays, and many other internationally acclaimed teachers. He founded, directs and performs with Box of Frogs, Birmingham’s longest running improv troupe, whose recent performances include Glee Club Birmingham, Improfest UK London, Ludlow Festival, Cheltenham Everyman, and many others. Jon teaches a weekly drop-in in Birmingham, workshops at all levels, and a regular evening class. He is the Director of the Birmingham Improv Festival. He is the CEO of Improv Initiative, which takes the tools of improv into organisations to bring about social, personal and corporate change.

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“Jon came in and ran a course of workshops for our teaching staff. He is a truly excellent course leader - every session was thoughtfully prepared, clearly structured and scaffolded staff so that they felt comfortable, had a great time but also were able to develop skills. He quickly established an environment in which a diverse group of people worked really well. Highly recommended.”

– Daniele H. Deputy Head, Solihull School.

“Jon is highly skilled at creating a fun and safe space for people to learn the art of improv. He is wonderfully generous with his time and energy and has been central in helping me to create an improv community in my local area. He uses a well balanced mix of humour and constructive advice to encourage the best from people and to enable them to flourish as improvisers. Jon is warm, professional and very reliable and I recommend him highly as a teacher and coach.”

– Ellie, Canon Frome Society

"Excellent improv teacher with strong background in theatre. Knows his stuff. Instructions are short, clear and to the point. Highly recommended. "

- John Paul Houghton

"Excellent improv teacher. Great understanding of theatre and improv. Jon is also brilliant at putting complete beginners at their ease, and creating a fun atmosphere where you want to mess about."

- John Guelke

"Brilliant teacher! Jon is the reason I started doing improv. Anyone who calls themselves an improviser should know who he is, and should take a class with him."

- Ben Hall, Director, Fat Penguin Improv

"Jon is a great teacher and talented performer. He’s both knowledgeable and able to communicate this learning effectively. Jon has a calm and relaxed manner, which inspires confidence whether you are in a workshop or sharing a stage. If I find someone interested in finding out more about improv in the Birmingham area, I always recommend they get in touch with Jon. I know he’ll ensure they are welcomed, supported and cherished."

- Stuart Moses