Instant Theatre Berlin is an independent educational project based on acting, creativity and group activities. Active since 2013, the project is based on an original training method centered on self-expression, interactions and behavioural awareness.
Instant Theatre Berlin’s mission is to provide a ground for everyone to experiment with themselves and their personalities. The purpose of of all Instant Theatre courses and projects is exploring interactions, expression and communication through acting activities.
Instant Theatre projects include acting courses and seminars, improvisation classes, intensive workshops as well as training for companies and professionals. Instant Theatre method uses acting and interactions to address multiple aspects of personal development. Through Instant Theatre 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 the ability to understand group dynamics.
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 unicity and cultural awareness to the project. Instant Theatre Berlin is very proud to be an 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. Movement and voice, along with rhythm activities, clowning, behavioural and acting techniques are the main subjects of our training sessions and rehearsals.
At Instant Theatre, 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: being a fully 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 acting techniques used originate from the “classical” Stanislavski principles, while many 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 situations and environments. Instant Theatre teaching style gives actors a lot of space for creative freedom and explorations, empowering them through a strong connection with the group. Instant Theatre projects are an opportunity of growth and exchange for people of all ages, cultures and disciplinary areas.
Projects and activities
Instant Theatre creates acting courses, intensive workshops and classes based on self-expression and group activities. A complete acting course usually involves 8-10 participants and lasts 2-3 months. Most classes end with an open performance in a Berlin theatre or art venue. The main focus and purposes of the courses are always defined before the start, while the style of the performances emerge naturally during the group work.
Instant Theatre also organizes short intensive workshops dedicated to the exploration of other acting-related disciplines, like voice development, movement, yoga, clowning, mime. Many times Instant Theatre hosts external teachers and collaborators, in order to expand on the technical aspects of a discipline, while keeping Instant Theatre method as a connector for the activities.
Here on the website you can get a detailed description of all upcoming theatre projects. Instant Theatre Berlin is constantly evolving, but our keywords are always the same: exploration, imagination, discovery.
Trainers & Collaborators
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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. www.jahmandavine.com