Performing Improv Level 1: Telling Stories

14th June – 26th July

Tuesdays | 19:00 – 21:30

Performing Improv L1 is a programme of three seven-week classes, which rotate throughout the year: Creating Characters, Telling Stories and Making a Scene. 

Each course approaches performing improvisation through a different lens and teaches you a new set of skills. They can be taken in any order, or completed individually.

All the courses end with a showcase for invited family and friends to share what you’ve learned. 

In ‘Telling Stories’, we use Keith Johnstone-inspired techniques to practice crafting and shaping our ability to tell satisfying stories on the spot. Students will have the chance to build their communication skills & confidence when telling stories and train narrative instincts to help grab and sustain audience interest.  An excellent course for writers, performers or anyone who wants to bring storytelling into their life and work. 

Who is this course for?

  • Students who have completed Discovering Improv & Intro to Performing Improv and want to take the next step
  • Performers who have some improv experience and want to develop their improvised scene work skills 
  • Anyone who has learned improv elsewhere and wants to start learning with the BIT school

Class Details

This is a 7-week course, capped at 12 participants, plus up to 2 instructors (14 in total). It will take place in the bar space of the Bristol Improv Theatre. 

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If you have any accommodations or access needs, questions, feedback or concerns about the classes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our theatre school manager Imogen at

About the Instructor

Stephen Clements

Stephen Clements has been improvising for ten years and teaching for five. He is a founder and trustee of the Bristol Improv Theatre. Stephen is a founding member of Degrees of Error Theatre Company and helped to create their flagship show Murder, She Didn’t Write. He also performs regularly with Tally Ho productions in Steves & Wooster and Holy Unauthorised Improvised Parody, Batman! and is Games Master for the Bristol Improv Theatre’s cult hit Tales of Adventure. Stephen holds a PGCE in mathematics.