BIG SI Teacher
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 co-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 thousands of children and adults.
In addition to Barcelona Improv Group, Noah has been a member of Ohana - European Improv Project since 2015 and has served on their board of directors since 2018. Noah also directs The Present Moment, bringing the theory and practice of improvisation to conferences, businesses, and individuals.
Noah has taught improv in Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. He hopes to add many more places and many more memories.
Teacher: BIG IF (Barcelona), OIF (Strasbourg), SWIMP (Uppsala), SIF (Sofia), WIP (Piombino), Neverending IF (Bucharest), RIIF (St. Petersburg), Barcelona Improvisa (Barcelona)
Performer: BIG IF (Barcelona), FiiF (Tampere), CIF (Copenhagen), Mt. Olymprov (Athens), Improtheaterfestival Würzburg (Würzburg), OIF (Strasbourg), SWIMP (Uppsala), SIF (Sofia), Neverending IF (Bucharest), Barcelona Improvisa (Barcelona)
Improv Training for Actors
A great improv show is a symphony. It will have themes and movements and be assessed as a whole. With a structured form, you can have a small guarantee of what the audience will see, but with Freeform, you can discover your structure as you create it in collaboration with your team. In this intensive workshop, we will practice tools to make your Longform more fluid and dynamic. We will delve into themes that add theatricality and raise our improv to art, and hone our awareness of our creation. Everything your team has experienced can be channeled into strong, free, artistic improv. 10-16 hours, available for teams or groups of individuals.
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. 10-16 hours. (General-Intermediate)
BEING THE NET
How do you save a bad scene? You don’t. Ever. In this workshop, we will practice techniques to confidently make a connected, meaningful scene, even if it gets off to a rocky start. This workshop has three objectives – develop awareness of the platform you are building, portray confidence acting alone, and dig in mid-scene to realize its full potential. (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)
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)
Stick to the Story
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. With longer workshops, the La Ronde can be performed at the end. (General-Intermediate)
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. (General)
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
What's Happening Now? (Freeform)
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)
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. In this workshop, participants will learn the format and exercises to take back to their teams to practice and perform. (Intermediate)
TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST STUDENTS
Event Facilitation and Corporate Training
Organize fun events for your conference or festival with improv. Ice breakers, Improv Jams, Team Building and more. Noah has worked as a trainer for dozens of European businesses and conferences including Vistaprint, King, Xing, and Stuart Delivery. See what BIG can offer your organization.
Public Speaking Coaching
Improve your public speaking and presentation skills through exercises in confidence and body control. Available for individuals and small groups.