Theatresports and Improvisation

Theatresports and Improvisation at Rata Studios Wellington

About the course

Theatresports and Improv is a series of fast paced, action packed, competitive games, which combine wit, humour and performance skills.

So, are you a person who can tick two or more of these?

Theatresports and Improvisation at Rata Studios Wellington

  • Is a quick thinker
  • Has a good imagination
  • Enjoys role play (but doesn’t necessarily want to be in a play or learn a script)
  • Likes to tell stories
  • Enjoys physicality with characters and movement (mime)
  • Can or wants to make people laugh
  • Likes a laugh
  • Wants to try out some drama, but doesn’t know where to start

If this sounds like you, then give Theatresports and Improv a try.

We have 3 groups which are based on the following criteria.
Group 1: 12-13 year olds
Group 2: 14-17 years with some experience.
Group 3: 16-20 years with a lot of experience.
We will place you in the group most suitable for your age and skill level.

NEW Adult Classes

If you’re 18+ and looking to develop your creative side, Rata Studios adult improvisation and theatresports class is the perfect opportunity to develop and discover your creativity and spontaneity, as well as building both your acting and social skills.

The principles of improvisation, team building, listening, supporting and yielding are skills useful, not only for actors, but for those looking to build work place confidence and this class provides a fun and safe environment for people to learn new skills, while allowing those with more experience to build on their knowledge.

The class is suitable for those with experience in performance, as well as those who have never performed and is a unique way to experience acting, develop drama techniques, and have fun.

Timetable and Enrolment


Start: 19 Oct  2017
Finish: 14 Dec 2017
Group 1: 5.45 – 7.00 pm (12-14 year olds)
Group 2: 7.00 -8.15 pm (14-17 years with some experience)
Group 3: 8.15 – 9.30pm (16+ years, very experienced)
9 weeks Term 4


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre, Drama Room 1
Susan Fogarty
Target Market
Teens aged 12-18 and a new ADULTS CLASS 18+
(incl GST)
$160 for Term 4 TEENS
Continuing/returning enrolments?
proceed to the returning enrolment form

New enrolments:
 enrol online 


About Susan Fogarty

Susan Fogarty

Susan Fogarty

Susan Fogarty is a Wellington based drama teacher and writer. She was a member of New Zealand’s World Championship Theatresports team in 1994 and her first book, ‘Susan in the Suburbs’ was published by Penguin Books.

Since 1990 she has worked as a professional improvisor and actor. Her career began at the Court Theatre in Christchurch and she’s also worked at Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North and BATS Theatre in Wellington.


As a founding member of the Court Jesters improvisation and theatresports arm of the Court Theatre, she worked extensively as both a performer and teacher of improvisation and theatresports. She also completed improvisation and theatresports training with the world-renowned Groundlings impov troupe in Los Angeles. She was a founding performer of New Zealand’s longest running comedy show, Scared Scriptless (Court Theatre, Christchurch) and has taught theatresports to primary, high school and corporate students.


Her background in improvisation eventually enabled her to move into standup comedy. She appeared on TV3’s Pulp Comedy, along with gigs supporting Julian Clary, George Smilovich and Bob Downe. She has also written for TV and once had the unusual job of ‘audience warm-up’ for Grundy Productions. Susan has an ATCL in Drama, (Trinity College, London) and a BA (Hons) from Canterbury University. Susan has a passion for teaching theatresports and improvisation and believes that no matter what level a person is at, they have the potential to reach higher and surprise themselves. Seeing pupils reach their own personal goals is a hugely rewarding part of the job.

Susan has three sons. This requires considerable thinking on her feet. Fortunately, due to early career choices; she is well trained for this role.

Our Location

Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rata Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243