Chris Mead is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London and around the world.
He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London and improvisation at iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.
Chris is co-artistic director of The Nursery Theatre, a space in London dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form. He is a member of the internationally-renown ensemble The Maydays , one half of sci-fi duo Project2 and co-founded Unmade Theatre Co to pursue new projects as a director and performer.
Chris is also the host of YesBot, a podcast about the theory and craft of improv.
This workshop is about OWNING the stage as a team. It’s about making improv big and bold and unashamedly theatrical. It’s about dialogue delivered with the confidence of the written word, movement that seems choreographed, plot twists and revelations that no one saw coming (least of all the performers).
Ultimately it’s about raising your performance level, making even more interesting choices and leaning into the idea of improv as art.
By the end of the workshop, we’ll have you walking on stage and improvising with a deep-rooted sense of focus and flair.
Good improv looks like magic to an audience.
Building on the idea of the ordinary in the extraordinary, this workshop explores how we can fold the fantastical into the everyday and imbue even the most outlandish creations with depth and humanity. So whether you want to play a unicorn who dreams of becoming an accountant or a pair of curtains who have fallen in love – you’ll learn a wide range of exercises and techniques to anchor a sense of reality in the weird and the wonderful.
We’ll learn to build characters starting with authenticity and truth, how to create incredible worlds from nothing and why there’s magic in the simplest of moments.
SPECIAL - PROJECT 2
For his Special, Chris is part of Project 2 with Katy Schutte.
Science-fiction and theatre collide in Project2 as Katy Schutte and Chris Mead create a new sci-fi epic on stage every night.
Their performance might take them into the hyped operatics of Star Wars, or the more subtle psychology of Solaris… every show is different!
Project2 are character-led, truthful and faithful to the infinite genre of Science Fiction.
WARNING: May contain robots*
*Will contain robots. Almost certainly.