Thursday, February 27, 2014

Improvisation Acting Workshop by Lucien Bourjeily


Improv acting opens your mind, makes teamwork extremely easier, helps you to create better ideas/performance on stage/camera, and enables you to think, act, and react out of the box!
Learn the true art of improvisational acting with the founder of the first professional improvisation troupe (ImproBeirut) in Lebanon and producer/director of the first improvisational shows in the Arab world Lebanese director Lucien BOURJEILY. Four sessions intensive workshop classes focusing on improvisational acting. Participants will learn to seek out patterns and connections between characters, scenes and ideas. The class emphasizes creating a rich environment for your scenes, committing to your decisions and your scene partner and beginning with the body as inspiration.
Saturday 8  March 2014 (6 to 10 pm)
Sunday 9 March 2014 (6 to 10 pm)
Saturday 15 March 2014 (6 to 10 pm)
Sunday 16 March 2014 (6 to 10 pm)

LOCATION = Masrah Al Madina (Hamra Street, Beirut)




Mostly known for his innovative work as a director in the performing arts field and as a filmmaker, for more than 10 years (since early 2001), has conducted numerous acting, improvisation, and storytelling workshops in Lebanon, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. to a wide variety of participants.
His work has traveled the worldwide festival circuits and won him many prestigious awards of which the YCE international British Council award in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2009.
He was the first to introduce, in 2008, interactive improvised theater (Forum Theater, theater sports, and other improv formats) to the Lebanese and Middle Eastern audience. He founded ImproBeirut (the first professional improvisational theater ensemble in Lebanon and the Middle East) that same year to spread awareness about improvisational theater in the Arab world and a year later (in 2009) he co-founded VAPA association to advocate the use of arts to resolve social issues.
He was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in 2010 and graduated with a Master in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Filmmaking from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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please email a short paragraph (less than 200 words including the reason why you’d like to join) including your name, mobile or contact number to
Workshop fee is 220 $ USD.

DEADLINE for applying: Friday 28th of February 2014

For more info or queries please call 03 694 998

You will be notified by email if you have been accepted to the workshop. Please note that seats are very limited.

Monday, June 27, 2011

ImproBeirut introducing 4D theater!!

For the first time in the Middle East: “& now what?” (وهلق شو؟) a 4 Dimensional interactive improvised theater play will be launched by ImproBeirut.

Watch theatre in a new dimension: by experiencing live, interactive performances with our professional actors outside the realm of a traditional stage.

This unique experiential show will let the audience delve into a parallel reality, in which they are the main protagonists, choosing the path they will ultimately experience.

Idea & directed by Lucien Bourjeily

Cast (in alphabetical order)
Tarek Annich
Jean Paul Hage
Youssef Khawaja
Sabine Ojeil
Maya Sebaaly
Farah Shaer

Date = Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd of July 2011

Timing = 4pm to 7pm (Different Time Slots)
Duration of the play = 60 minutes

Location = Roof 68, Achrafieh (Al Shami Bldg., behind MTV offices in Achrafieh)

For more info & reservations: 03-153772
Please note that reservation is mandatory to guarantee availability.

Participation Fee: 20,000 LBP

للمرة الأولى في الشرق الأوسط : "وهلق شو؟" مسرحية مرتجلة تفاعلية رباعية الأبعاد ستقدمها فرقة "إمبرو بيروت".

مسرحية تختبر فيها البعد الرابع، من خلاله تتفاعل وتشارك البطولة مع باقة من الممثلين المحترفين خارج إطار حدود المسرح التقليدي.

هذا العرض الفريد من نوعه يأخذكم الى عالم مواز للواقع، مليء بالمفاجأت، يكون فيه القرار للمشاهدين بأختيار اتجاه وكيفية تتمة الأحداث.

فكرة وإخراج لوسيان بورجيلي

تمثيل - بالترتيب الأبجدي

طارق الأنيش
جان بول الحاج
يوسف خواجة
مايا سبعلي
فرح شاعر
سابين عجيل

تاريخ العرض: 2, 3 تموز 2011
التوقيت: من الرابعة الى السابعة مساءً

مدة العرض: 60 دقيقة
المكان: رووف 68 ، الأشرفية (خلف مبنى مكاتب تلفزيون ام تي في

لمزيد من المعلومات أو للحجز: 03153772
رسم المشاركة : 20000 ليرة لبنانية

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The BIG challenge was completed!! thanks to YOU!

On 9pm, March 28 2010, the challenge was completed.. more than 256 improvised scenes were played during the 24 hours of non-stop performance at the Monnot Theater.. other statistics include..

LONGEST scene/play
1h 36 minutes (March 28 - 7:10 am – 8:42 am)
“the crazy professor replacement”

28 seconds (March 27 - 22:04:01 – 22:04:29)
“the almaza commercial”

Longest “non-stop” on-stage performance by an improviser
Tarek Kannish = 1h22 minutes in the “the crazy professor replacement”

TOTAL NUMBER of improvised scenes

AUDIENCE HONOR LIST (amount of time spent watching the show “non-stop”)

GOLDEN list (the whole 24 hours)
Marc Esber
Elie Aoun

SILVER list (between 16-23 hours)
Ghida Hamieh
Shaden Fakih
Rana Daou
Cima Hamieh
Sanay Hamieh
Farah Shaer
Jessy Daou
Pamela Mouawad
Georgy Kfoury
Shadi Abdo

BRONZE list (between 6-16 hours)
more than 55 people (most of them spent the night with us from 9pm the first day till 5 am in the morning)... all of whom we couldn't keep track of names.. so please if you are among them send me a reply message or a comment on this blog post so as to include you in the official statistics page..


Friday, March 26, 2010

9 pm to 9 pm

we've been getting a lot of questions concerning the show and some people even though it is a "hoax" and aren't believing we are really going to do it.. this is just to assure you that YES we will be doing a 24 hours long "non-stop" show THIS WEEKEND at Monnot Theater... ;) and i really hope you'll come to check it out ;)

on the other hand we've listed and answered here the most common questions we've already got.. please let us know in case any more info is needed.. cheers :D

FAQ (Frequent Asked Questions)

1- will the improvisers/cast sleep?

yes and no... some of us will not be sleeping during the whole day/night, some of us will.. but the show will go on for 24 hours straight, at the end will make a table will all data summarized.. how many of us stayed awake the whole time, how long we stayed on stage "non-stop".. etc..

2- is the audience obliged to watch for the whole 24 hours "non-stop"?

surely not... ;) you can watch "non-stop" till you decide to go, commonly it would be for 1 , 2 , or 3 hours ... and if want to come back at a later stage you can tell the personnel at the theatre's box office to mark your ticket (with your name) before leaving

3- when will the improvisers/cast eat?

food which was provided to us by "Deek Duke" will be delivered to us at the theater for each meal at specified timings (12, 7, 2, 7).. the improvisers will either choose to eat on stage or take turn to go backstage and eat while the improvisation is running on stage

4- why are you doing this?

On the occasion of the World Theater Day celebrated on March 27th in countries around the globe, a 24 hours theatre improvisation MARATHON to celebrate this special day and SPREAD AWARNESS about improvisational theatre within the Lebanese and Arab community.

5- when/where?

The show will start @ MONNOT theatre on Saturday, March 27th at 9 p.m. and end on Sunday, March 28th at 9 p.m. an UNINTURUPTED 24 hours of IMPROVISED scenes that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seats.

6- can i reserve?

yes by calling Monnot Theater daily between 3pm and 7pm on 01-202 422


we're hoping for your support to make this BIG CHALLENGE a success.