This is the celebration of improvisational theatre you don’t want to miss out on. For the first time, twenty of the world’s top improvisers and instructors converge in Dubai for six days of non-stop impro. Featuring intensive workshops, world-class shows, podcasts and panels, social and sightseeing activities… all in one beautiful Fringe Venue, an oasis in the Arabian desert – The Courtyard. Be there…
The Courtyard Playhouse is first and foremost, an improv’ company comprised of individuals from an enormous variety of cultures who all share a passion for improvisational theatre.
We have our own dedicated, purpose built 58 seater auditorium, centrally located near the Mall of the Emirates and easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road where we hold three shows weekly and teach improv’ workshops for teens, adults and companies.
Nestled in the creative heart of Dubai, amongst galleries and cafes. The Courtyard Playhouse is the first and only dedicated improv’ theatre and KHDA licensed training centre in UAE. Home to Theatresports Dubai, we follow the Johnstonian approach to improvisation.
We are thrilled to host the iTi Conference in 2017 and launch our Impro’ Fringe: the Middle East’s first improvisation festival!
What you get at the Courtyard Playhouse is an eclectic and exciting mix of Arab, Italian, British, Polish, American, Canadian , Australian… everything. It’s an auditory library of fun for those interested in exploring different accents. Like the best improvisation companies in the world, the community is connected, excited and a little obsessed with creating and collaborating.
If “all the world’s a stage”, then Courtyard Playhouse is the gateway to Dubai’s most thriving theatre community. Located in Al Quoz, the comedy club cum laughter factory lives to entertain audiences with riotous improv performances, even getting them involved in the act. Hosting a range of acting classes alongside weekly performances, it’s always an electric and communal atmosphere.
I went to a workshop at the only improv theater in the middle east and met some wonderful, beautiful, people… their space is one of the nicest improv spaces I have ever played in.
Awesome gem. A hidden discovery in Dubai that you will never forget. Staff are awesome and the creativity is amazeballs.
Such a supportive atmosphere with people doing theatre for the love and enjoyment of theatre.
I look forward to seeing anyone who wants to experience something special at the ITI conference in 2017. Come for the conference but look deeper at how the idea of improvisation can become the reality of a good improvisation community.
Every two years the iTi holds an international conference where members get to meet, play and learn together. The Courtyard Playhouse is honoured to host the 2017 conference in Dubai!
The International Theatresports™ Institute (iTi) is dedicated to supporting, developing, connecting and promoting the growing community of improvisers who work with Keith Johnstone’s improvisational techniques and formats.
We love impro. We are here to help improvisors all around the world learn and understand Keith’s work and to facilitate a community that works together to challenge, grow, learn, inspire and perform together.
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