Our Story

Overview

Instant Theatre Berlin is an independent educational project based on acting, creativity and group activities. Active since 2013 in Berlin, Germany, the project is based on an original training method centered on self-expression, interactions and behavioural awareness. At Instant Theatre Berlin we teach acting as a useful interpersonal skill that allows actors to discover new sides of their personality and new creative ways of interacting with others. Instant Theatre Berlin’s mission is to provide a ground for everyone to experiment with themselves, their personalities, their circumstances and their emotions.

Switch off your brain: from October 2017
Workshop and performance: Switch off your brain (2016)

The purpose of Instant Theatre Berlin courses, workshops and projects is to explore interactions, self-expression and communication using acting-related activities. Following the original teaching method developed by trainer Alex Casadio, Instant Theatre Berlin focuses on acting as a natural interpersonal skill that everyone can learn and develop. Hence our motto: “Everyone can act!“, that aims to clear the way from many prejudices of the acting field. Acting is NOT only for talented people, acting is NOT only for extroverted or beautiful people. Acting is an inclusive discipline that can be learned effectively by people from all ages and backgrounds.

Instant Theatre Berlin projects include acting courses and seminars, improvisation classes, intensive workshops as well as individual coaching and training for companies and professionals. Instant Theatre Berlin method works on acting and teaches the acting craft, addressing at the same time multiple aspects of personal development. Through Instant Theatre Berlin acting and training, the participants improve and expand on many areas of themselves, such as coordination, self-awareness, communication, self-discipline, self-expression, creativity, trust and ability to understand group dynamics.

Instant Theatre Berlin training, 2014 – by Matthias Gottwald

Instant Theatre was created in Berlin as a result of many different experiences and influences. The participants come from all over the world and each one of them adds a little piece of uniqueness and cultural awareness to the project. Instant Theatre Berlin is very proud to be an established international meeting point and a place to connect people in a multicultural city. The activities are usually conducted in English.


Purpose and influences

Creativity and self-discovery inspire all Instant Theatre Berlin activities. Instant Theatre’s main purpose is to get participants in touch with their full expressive potential, and acting is used as a powerful instrument to get out of our usual boundaries in a refreshing, personal and funny way. Behavioural and traditional acting techniques, alongside rhythm exercises, clowning, and voice exercises are the main subjects of our training sessions and rehearsals.

At Instant Theatre Berlin, actors discover new aspects of their personality and their technique by interacting with the group, with the audience and with their inner world. A fundamental aspect of Instant Theatre is teamwork: as an interactive discipline, acting is treated as a collective process of creation, where the participants discover their individuality by being in constant contact with the others.

Many of the acting techniques used originate from “classical” Stanislavsky’s principles, adjusted and updated to be effective in modern times. A variety of practical exercises and training routines come from different areas (rhythm and music, yoga, cognitive science, sports). Exercises and activities are constantly refined and tailored to the needs of the different groups and participants. Instant Theatre Berlin teaching style gives actors a lot of space for creative freedom and explorations, empowering them through a strong connection with the group. Instant Theatre Berlin projects are an opportunity of growth and exchange for people of all ages, cultures and disciplinary areas.




A short video introduction about our idea of ACTING



Projects and activities

Instant Theatre creates acting courses, intensive workshops and classes. The introductory courses are based on self-expression and group activities, while advanced classes combine group and individual work. A complete acting course usually involves 8-10 participants and lasts 2-3 months. Most classes end with an open public performance in a Berlin theatre or art venue. The main focus of the course is always defined before the start, while the style of the performances and the contents are decided during the sessions.

Instant Theatre Berlin also organizes short intensive workshops dedicated to the exploration of acting-related disciplines, including camera acting, movement, clowning or mime. Many times Instant Theatre Berlin invites external teachers and collaborators in order to expand on the technical aspects of a discipline, while keeping Instant Theatre Berlin method and philosophy as a connector for the activities.

The Actors Circle Berlin by Instant Theatre Berlin

Over the years of its activities, Instant Theatre Berlin also originated The Actors Circle Berlin, a network of ex-students and actors based in Berlin that produce and feature in new theatre productions every year.

Here on the website you can get a detailed description of our upcoming theatre courses and projects. Instant Theatre Berlin is constantly evolving, but our keywords are always the same: exploration, imagination, discovery.


Trainers & Collaborators
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Alex Casadio, founder of Instant Theatre Berlin

Alex Casadio, acting trainer and founder of Instant Theatre Berlin. A trained actor and musician born in Bologna, Italy, over the years he worked with hundreds of actors, students and professionals. He’s constantly refining his own teaching method focused on helping people discover more of themselves, their personalities and their potential. Alex founded Instant Theatre Berlin in 2013, he co-founded the venue 800A Berlin in 2016 and he’s active as an acting trainer, theatre director and performer in the Berlin scene.

Andrew, founder of Instant Improv Berlin

Andrew Rae Lefoley, a life-long introvert who found his confidence and voice through Improv. Now he’s on a mission to empower others to find theirs. He founded Instant Improv Berlin and is the co-founder and co-host of the Short & Sweet Improv Jam in Berlin. He performs at venues all over Berlin with his improv teams Daddy Issues and ComedyShorts Berlin.

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Actor & performer Andrew Clarke

Hailing from Aotearoa, New Zealand, Andrew Clarke is an actor and musician actively involved with off-scene theatres in Berlin since 2016. Trained in various acting disciplines and forms at the University of Canterbury, he was a five-year ensemble member of award-winning experimental performance company Free Theatre Christchurch, and is a current ensemble member of Nie Kollektiv in Berlin.

marcelina Bozek actress

Marcelina Bozek, theatre educator, actress and performer. Born in 1985 in Poland, she was active within Instant Theatre Berlin in the time frame 2015-2019 as an acting trainer, director and co-organizer. She currently lives and works in Poland as a screen actress, teacher and cultural operator.

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Miguel Santomé is a theatre writer, director and improvisational actor from Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. He worked steadily within Instant Theatre Berlin in the period 2014-2018 as an improvisation trainer and organizer and is still active as a collaborator for workshops and summer programs.

Director and performer Jahman Davine

Jahman Davine is an Australian born theatre maker working between Melbourne, Australia and Berlin. Having graduated from the National Theatre Drama School as an actor, he has performed for film and theatre. He works most with writing, directing and designing for theater/dance productions. Jahman also acts as a creative consultant for several playwrights, performers, recording artists and theatre and film directors.