Building Better Characters with Maria Peters
6th September – 18th October (not 11th)
Tuesdays | 19:00-21:30
Push the boundaries of your comfort zone and break new ground in improvising characters outside of your default character range. In this six-week course you will explore and develop the range of characters you can become with the expert assistance of Maria Peters.
Everyone has their go-to characters in improv, whether they’re realistic and natural, wild and strange, or just being a version of yourself on stage. In this six-week course you will explore and develop the range of characters you can become with the expert assistance of Maria Peters. Through joyful exercises and games combined with carefully-crafted feedback, Maria will help you to push the boundaries of your comfort zone and break new ground in improvising characters outside of your default character range.
Maria will teach a range of useful tools for finding characters in improv, from Physicality to Voicework, Inspiration from animals and objects, Emotions, Point of views, and more. Combining these techniques, you will create fun and believable characters with depth – even the wildest and weirdest characters have feelings too! You’ll go on to practice maintaining a character through longer scenes and varying situations. Most importantly of all, you’ll have loads of fun!
Places are capped at 12.
About the Instructor
When not improvising in London, Maria performs and teaches at improv festivals internationally, most recently in Estonia, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal & The United States.
A lot of her expertise has also been gathered from world-class instructors over the years as Maria studied with: Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Chicago and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close; Keith Johnstone; New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade; and The Second City in Chicago.
Maria Peters is one of the Yes Queens, the West End’s first female lead improv comedy group. She also performs in Breaking & Entering, a hugely popular improv duo and creators of The Playground which has grown to be one of London’s most iconic improv nights.
Her solo show, The Science of Cringe, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and played to sell-out audiences. She also writes for BBC Radio Comedy, appeared on BBC One, and is a regular on the improvised podcast Destination.