Teacher: Chris Mead (UK)


A character class for improvisers who are convinced they can't do character work. Del Close said character is a 'thin veil' we wear. By that he meant that when we play people who are not ourselves, the vast majority of that character is still us - our thoughts, our opinions, our experiences - with a thin veneer of superficial difference draped on top. Starting from this idea, we'll explore numerous ways to play characters that are both subtlety or wildly different from your default while still rooting everything in an authentic sense of yourself as a performer and person. You won't have to do accents and you won't have to do silly walks.

The Thin Veil

  • Chris is a UK-based performer and theatre-maker who teaches and coaches improvisation in London. Chris studied theatre at Royal Holloway College and improvisation at iO (Improv Olympic) and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. He is the co-artistic director of The Nursery Theatre, a space in London dedicated to improv as a theatrical art form. Also a a member of the internationally-renowned ensemble The Maydays, one half of sci-fi duo Project2 and recently co-founded Unmade Theatre Co. to pursue new projects as a director and performer. He’s also the host of YesBot, a podcast about the theory and craft of improv.