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The Game Tree: Tree of Game
Remember when you were a kid and your parents or your teacher said it’s “time to play a game”? Remember how exciting that was?
Talya Finberg Joins the LMA Teaching Roster
We are super excited to welcome Talya to the Teaching staff at LMA! Talya completed all four levels of improv training offered through Laugh Masters Academy (LMA) in 2016 and then whooshed through the LMA Teacher Training Track to land where she is today. She will be recognisable to many of you from her work [...]
Justin Porter & Vidya Rajan Join the Roster
Justin Porter & Vidya Rajan Join the Roster Things are about to get super sketchy at LMA in Melbourne. We are extremely excited to welcome Justin and Vidya to the LMA family. They will kick things off in Melbourne with a Level 1 Sketch Comedy Writing Class - and you can register right now! Justin [...]
7 Things You Need to Master Improv
7 Things You Need to Master Improv This week’s guest blog post is from Ryan Karels (New York City's Upright Citizens Brigade) who taught Level 2 and 3 improv at LMA (Sydney), Term 2, 2017. While teaching improv at LMA, I'll note in the scene, "This is more of a spiritual note...” So LMA asked me to write [...]
Jeff Mesina Makes LMA History!
Jeff Mesina Makes LMA History! Laugh-Masters Academy is thrilled to announce Jeff Mesina will be joining the LMA Teacher Team in Term 2, 2017. Jeff is the first ever LMA student to complete our Teacher Training Track and become a teacher. This is an exciting and wonderful moment in the history of the school and for our growing community. [...]
Josh Magee Joins the LMA Roster
Josh Magee Joins the LMA Roster LMA is thrilled to announce the addition of Josh Magee to our ever expanding roster of Teacher talent. Josh will begin teaching Improv Level 1 starting in Term 2, 2017. Josh has been active on the scene for many years and some of you may recognise him from his [...]
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Ryan Karels (UCB NYC) Workshops at LMA
Ryan Karels (UCB NYC) Workshops at LMA LMA is thrilled to announce that Ryan Karels is coming from UCB New York to teach classes and workshops during Term 2, 2017. In addition to teaching our regular term Level 2 and 3 classes, Ryan will also be running multiple (and different) weekend workshops in both Sydney and [...]
When Was the Last Time You Played?
When Was the Last Time You Played? My first introduction to clown and physical comedy was in New York with Virginia Scott. But it wasn’t until later on during my second year in Paris studying at Jacques Lecoq that I experienced the fundamental joy and benefits of this ancient playful art. At the heart of [...]
Elliot’s Improv Journey
Elliot's Improv Journey Why Improv? My improv journey started when I was living in Chicago, Illinois, had just dropped out of Graduate School where I was pursuing a Masters of Architecture and was working in the planning department of a major University. I didn’t like my job that much and didn’t know what I was [...]
David Tieck is Back… In Melbourne!
David Tieck is Back... In Melbourne! LMA is excited to welcome David Tieck back to the roster of Australian Teachers, this time at LMA Melbourne. Some of you may recognise him from our shows at The Belvoir St. Theatre where he not only performed, but also coached a Student House Team. His experience is vast, with training [...]
Dan Pavatich is Everywhere
Dan Pavatich is Everywhere If you've been in any way involved in the Melbourne comedy scene over the past few years, then chances are you've come across Dan Pavatich. And while those of us stuck in Sydney may have felt somewhat deprived by the tyranny of distance, that's all about to change because Dan is moving! Now [...]
Elliot Stevenson Returns to LMA in 2017
Elliot Stevenson Returns to LMA in 2017 Elliot is having so much fun down under he's decided to stick around for another term! We are thrilled to announce that he will be teaching again at LMA in 2017. My favorite thing about teaching improv is that I get to see people gathered in a room together [...]
What’s Clown Got to do With It?
What’s Clown Got to do With It? We all want to be more authentic and present. But how does one harness these qualities? Whether in everyday life, or as an actor playing a character on stage or screen, we are always striving to reach this wonderful ideal. Words and phrases like ‘letting go’, ‘letting our guard down’, [...]
Special Guest Teacher: Elliot Stevenson
Special Guest Teacher: Elliot Stevenson UPDATE: Elliot is having so much fun down under he's decided to stick around for another term! We are thrilled to announce that he will be teaching again at LMA in 2017. My favorite thing about teaching improv is that I get to see people gathered in a room together for [...]
Alicia Gonzalez Joins the LMA Roster
Alicia Gonzalez Joins the LMA Roster Laugh-Masters Academy is thrilled to welcome Alicia Gonzalez to the LMA family. She will begin teaching Clown & Improv in Sydney starting Term 4, 2016. Alicia Gonzalez is a practicing clown and bouffon. She trained in Paris, France, at Lecoq with the likes of funny man Jos Houben, she [...]
LMA Family Represents at Sydney Fringe Festival
LMA Family Represents at Sydney Fringe Festival Laugh-Masters Academy is proud to have students, teachers and Alumni alike participating in this year's Fringe Festival here in Sydney. For those who don't know about Fringe, this is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales for the 7th year in a row. In 2016, Sydney [...]