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Impro Academy is the improvisation school of the Improfessionals - the international impro theatre troupe in Paris. It is directed by Florian Bartsch and Caspar Schjelbred.
We offer weekly impro classes, as well as specialised one-off workshops, in both...
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History | The Improfessionals
The team quickly stabilised over the following months and the first core Improfessionals line-up was: Florian Bartsch, Mark Jane, Timothy Lone, Helen Connolly, Clara McBride and Caspar Schjelbred.
Timothy Lone, our artistic director at the time, put us on the map by organizing the first ever - and so far only - international impro festival in Paris: Improstival.
Timothy Arthur Lone
Timothy Arthur Lone Timothy began performing Improvisation with the Gig Street Improvisational Group in 1989 while studying theatre in the US at Southern Illinois University.
From 1994-1999 he
with Bay Area Theatresports (BATS) in San Francisco where he
also had the chance to study with Keith Johnstone, the author of Impro and the creator of Theatresports.He
further studied acting in San Francisco with Linda Lowry from the Actor's Studio in New York and acclaimed director Richard Seyd.His
most memorable roles have been; Haemon in Antigone Biff in Death of Salesman, Jamie in Long Days Journey into Night and Jim in Tennessee Williams' Glass Menagerie, in which he
won the 1st annual Dollie Award for best male support.
currently lives in London, but puts on his
red cape and flies over to Paris whenever there's an opportunity.
Onstage that first night were Bartsch, his improv students, among them Caspar Schjelbred and Helen Connolly, and two more experienced actors: Mark Jane and Tim Lone.
While Bartsch had previously studied impro in Germany, as had Jane in England and Lone
in the United States, other members were less experienced.
...As the Improfessionals' artistic director, Lone, a 40-year old from Chicago, has been instrumental in developing and extending the Johnstonian legacy.
"Flo was the seed," he
says, "I was the water and fertilizer, and Mark was the sunshine."Lone
also brought Johnstone to Paris to teach workshops and organized the Improstival international festival in Paris in 2004.
In the last year, with Lone
and Connolly relocating in England, the group has faced the challenge of longtime members moving on.
Timothy Lone ...
The Crunchy Frog Collective
This is a workshop by Tim Lone of the Paris-based Improfessionals.