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Course Catalogue WS 2021/22

Character-based Improvisation Process. A workshop for script development and working with actors by Robert Marchand

In collaboration with Nadine Schwitter and Angelika Herta

Specialist seminar
WS 22/23
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2
Max participants:

The workshop is limited to a maximum of seven participants.

Please register with a script in development and a short motivation until 01.11.2022 by sending an email with subject CBI to

Dates - place & time

Workshop21.01.2325.01.23Einmalig - Filzengraben 2, Aula
from-to -
LocationFilzengraben 2, Aula

Seminar description

“A five day intensive workshop for filmmakers/writers and actors.

The workshop explores the Character-based Improvisation Process (CBI), a means of creating detailed, complex characters, whether it’s for conventional scripted material, ensemble scenes or improvised dramas – the process can be used to create entire films as well. (It’s how British director Mike Leigh creates his films.) The CBI process allows actors and filmmakers greater creative freedom; it empowers and liberates: actors achieve performances that are spontaneous, immediate and truthful; directors are able to maintain a creative overview and to build on what the actor does. Both actors and filmmakers benefit from the creative partnership formed through CBI Process. The Character-based Improvisation (CBI) Process begins with the director working directly with the actor, one-on-one, to create a character. As the name implies, improvisations are at the heart of the process. These are based on reality and observation, and investigate the character’s emotional and psychological condition in a series of evolving situations.”

For more information:

Timeframe: Beginning of November 2022 we will organise an introduction and casting workshop through Zoom.

The CBI Workshop will be realized in collaboration with the acting school der Keller Cologne. (Schauspielschule der Keller Köln) The CBI workshop takes place from 21.01.23 - 25.01.23

Student office

Claudia Warnecke

Juliane Schwibbert

Patricia Thüs

Peter-Welter-Platz 2

50676 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 119 / 187 / 249
Fax: +49 221 20189 - 49119

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 h, or send us an e-mail.

Winter semester 2022/23

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 17, 2022 until Feb. 10, 2023

Summer semester 2023

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 11, 2023 until Jul. 14, 2023

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