Teacher: Noah Levin
Noah Levin hails from a little corner of the Rocky Mountains of North America. He started drama classes at summer camp in the woods of northern California and hasn’t looked back since, attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Education from the University of California at San Diego, teaching drama (at secondary schools and summer camps), and studying Improvisation at the People’s Improv Theatre and Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York. Noah worked as a professional standup comedian and improviser in New York, coaching the Red Tie Mafia, before moving to Barcelona. As the Director of Barcelona Improv Group and The Barcelona Improv Group International Festival (The BIG IF), Noah currently teaches several levels of improv classes and leads workshops in theatre, creativity, teamwork, and employee training for adults and students. He has taught theatre professionally since 2001, sharing the love of play and creation to over a thousand children and adults. Additionally, Noah directs The Present Moment, bringing the theory and practice of improvisation to conferences, businesses, and individuals.
Noah has taught improv in California, Texas, New York, Barcelona, Madrid, Strasbourg, Uppsala, Tampere, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Warsaw, Sofia, and Tallinn. He hopes to add many more places and many more memories.
Public Speaking Coaching
Improve your public speaking and presentation skills through exercises in confidence and body control. Available for individuals and small groups.
“Noah is an excellent coach who will develop a coaching program tailored to your specific needs. His advice, recommendation and feedback help me not only to feel more confident with my public speaking and but also increased my general self awareness which help me not only at a personal level but also professionally. Thank you Noah, you have been an amazing coach!” -Merce M.
Improv Training for Actors
Get Inspired (10-12 hours)
Day 1 will focus on drawing inspiration from a variety of sources- verbal, physical, emotional, thematic, and others. We will use these inspirations to create interconnected scenes in a longform, following the will of the group mind and learning how to express those inspirations with free form transitions. After developing those skills the first day, we will learn and practice two forms that incorporate inspiration and interconnection between source and scene, The Living Room and The Armando. (General-Intermediate)
This amazing longform combines a sincere, beated narrative story with free floating inspiration. The Pretty Flower form consists of a main story (the bud) that inspires tangential scenes (the petals) which add characters to the next beats of the main story. Inspiration folds in on itself to create a beautiful and textured play. (Intermediate)
All good things must come to an end, but they should have a beginning and middle too. This workshop will reinforce the hallmarks of good group storytelling and narrative plot structure, allowing you to create longer, coherent stories. You will learn some short form games and be introduced to the La Ronde Longform. (General-Intermediate)
Character Creation Toolkit
In this fun 3 hour workshop, participants will practice creating full and dynamic characters, imbue them with history, and play them for the duration of a scene. This workshop is physical and mental, challenging the actor to inhabit the character in a variety of ways. Actors will practice several methods of finding character quickly and believably. (General)
You’ve learned the fundamentals of scenework and practiced a few longforms. Now, free yourself from the trappings of structure and let your team react to every shared impulse. Learn tricks to make your Longform more fluid and dynamic and recognize themes that appear naturally. All this can give added theatrical meaning to your improv. Everything you know and have experienced can be channeled into strong, free, artistic improv. (Intermediate)
Description: How does the audience know it’s improvised? The suggestion. It’s also the way that the audience member interacts with the players to become part of the show. This workshop will teach skills in incorporation of audience suggestions in creative ways, from initiation through to the end of the scene. As well, you will learn how to deflect “bad” suggestions. Great for people looking to improve MC skills.
Amplified music and chalkboard/flipchart ideal but not required
Use callbacks, reincorporation, and patterns to be brilliant. When an audience member “gets it,” it is a cathartic moment, a surprise, a relief, a laugh. Recognition of a pattern is hard-wired into our human brains and we can use it on stage. Learn techniques to make patterns and use callbacks, tickle those hard to reach right frontal lobes, and delight your audiences.
Create your creation. The product of this workshop is a brand new improv form. With your team or any group of improvisers willing to step into the laboratory, we will discover the elements you love about improv, explore our goals for the actors, curate our audience experience, and design a show ready to perform that night! (Advanced)
Chalkboard/flipchart ideal but not required
Testimonials from past students
“Noah is didactically one of the greatest teachers I have ever seen in action. He explains everything in a remarkable way, makes you understand whether a game is about listening, agreeing or something else and also gives you valuable feedback. He really considers everybody’s comfort zone and has an exceptionally thoughtful way of introducing everybody to interact, play and improvise.” – Marma M.
“I learned so many things with you, Noah. The concept of Pretty Flower is interesting. you have to look at each other, don’t lose eye contact, looking what the persons are proposing, listening to them, and also playing with them while taking some of those proposals. I’ve learned to know who i am when I play a character and what’s my goal. I have some trouble to assume my ideas and be confident of my choices and your workshop helped me on that. I think you maybe guessed that with me, so you told me the good words to move on and being more confident, thank you for that.” -Fabien D.
“Even impressive and scary somehow for being my first try, I felt at ease from the very beginning thanks to the kind leading of Noah and relaxed, spontaneous and fun mood of all the participants. Can’t wait to repeat it again next sunday !” — Sophie L.
“Great teacher, great class, great team!” – Jan W.
Photos by Olivier Valiente and Alessio Carone