The Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival

Improvising Characters

with Stevey Hunter

This workshop will teach students how to improvise new never before seen characters on the spot. Accepting offers, with a focus on physicality and voice work, will be the main focus for this hour long improv workshop. The students will be led through multiple improv games and techniques that will help them be able to make quick character choices for not just themselves, but their scene partners. Not only will we create characters, but discover how they interact with the other characters in the room. This workshop will help students with their improv skills, as well as with making character choices that can be applied to theatre, film and tv roles.

All DramaFest Workshops have limited availability. Availability may also be limited due to bookings by other classes.

For both grades, this workshop will help the students individually and with team building. It will show how their dramatic choices affect themselves as well as their scene partners. It’ll challenge them to stay present and in the moment and will require them to be brave and vulnerable with their classmates.


Outcome: Students will demonstrate personal growth through drama.
Specific Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to respond with sensitivity and respect to the ideas of others. Students will listen to others, work collaboratively with others or independently alongside others, and/or work to build consensus.
  • Students will take greater learning risks within a dramatic context, for example by trusting their imaginations and creative abilities, taking an opposite point of view in role, and/or by taking a leadership role when necessary.
  • Students will be able to use various forms for reflection and debriefing. Students will make connections to their own lives, personal growth, and reflections on the world around them.



Outcome: Students will demonstrate personal growth through drama.
Specific Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will build on the ideas of others
  • Students will use risk taking to enhance the dramatic experience, requiring initiative and responsibility.

Stevey Hunter (they/them) is a nonbinary actor, comedian, and playwright based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Originally from Winnipeg, MB, Stevey moved to Halifax to attend Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts. They are a member of local improv company Hello City (Silver for Best Comedy Night – The Coast 2018, 2019, Outstanding comedy and Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role Halifax Fringe 2019, Best Ensemble Halifax Fringe 2018.) They have worked with numerous Nova Scotian theatre companies including: Neptune Theatre, Ship’s Theatre Company, Zuppa theatre, and more. Stevey recently created their first solo show, When You Leave Please Say Nice Things to Me. This past March they had a workshop performance that was produced by the Bus Stop Writers’ Circle and funded by Arts Nova Scotia. Their play FAT JULIET, a retelling of Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of a fat 16 year old, Juliet, will be presented in Fall 2021. View Stevey’s profile.

  1. This workshop is ideal for classrooms with space for students to move around. 
  2. This workshop is interactive and includes group work.


Please note: Theatre Nova Scotia respectfully requests that schools and community groups ideally do not cancel workshops once they are booked, unless absolutely necessary. If a group must cancel or reschedule, please give us a week of prior notice. In these precarious days for arts workers, TNS is going to great lengths to provide schools with exceptional theatre education and local artists with paid work in our industry. Please be aware that artists may have turned down other paid work to accommodate these workshop bookings. Thank you for your understanding.

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

Ideal for classrooms with open space.

This workshop includes some group work.