Handling Sensitive Issues in Improv with Imogen Palmer

Sunday 2nd May

10:00 – 12:30 GMT


Improv is one of the most accessible art forms in the world, and can be hugely liberating.

However, the yes-and/ acceptance philosophy can lead to toxic environments where participants’ needs or voices are being ignored.

How can we practice safeguarding as improv facilitators & practitioners?

How can we create a supported environment for our students and professional companies to thrive?

When sensitive issues arise in the work, how can we facilitate the  conversations needed to address those instances?

This class will explore these questions with a focus on practical tools to empower and enable them to discuss sensitive issues (moments where instances of ‘isms’ occur, moments where physical or emotional boundaries are tested) when they arise in the moment. 

We will use role play and discussion to explore and practice these tools, equipping participants with experience they can bring to the rehearsal or class room.

About the Instructor

Imogen Palmer is the Theatre School Manager of The Bristol Improv Theatre and the Artistic Director of The Delight Collective. Shows include IMOGENÉ:the improvised pop concert (★★★★★ ‘IMOGENÉ is the loud, proud and unapologetic performer we all need right now’ – DIVA Magazine), The Bish Bosh Bash  (★★★★★ – Bristol 247) and International Women’s Day special ‘If These Walls Could Talk’. 

She’s trained as an actor at the award-winning Howard Fine Acting Studio (Melbourne) and her love for Keith Johnstone inspired improvisation was cultivated from a formative time with Impro Melbourne (2015-16). 

Prior to her performing career, Imogen worked in student unions and brings her love of inclusivity,  leadership, liberation & empowerment training into all her creative work. 

You can find out more about The Delight Collective’s shows and classes on their website www.thedelightcollective.co.uk

Class Details

Places are capped at 12. Each class is followed by an optional social chat.

The Bristol Improv Theatre is committed to making our classes as inclusive as possible. Please get in touch at theatreschool@improvtheatre.net to let us know about any accommodations we can make to give you the best possible experience during the class

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