genres with Katy Schutte
Genres improv course
Break out of the style of 'normal' and into the exciting world of genres!
Over this 8 week course you’ll be exploring a variety of different genres including Science Fiction, Westerns, Fantasy Adventure, Horror, Detective Drama and more.
Each week you’ll be breaking apart a genre and finding out what makes the story, the character archetypes, the tropes, and how to put it all together to improvise in that genre with characters with depth and captivating stories we care about.
You’ll also have the chance to pick your favourite movie, book or quirky genre and work on that.
Towards the end of the course we’ll be choosing a couple of genres to focus on and turning them into a brand new show to be performed at the end as a team.
Your teacher Katy Schutte is an expert in improv and especially in genres. She has trained in improv at Second City Chicago, iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theatre, UCB, The Magnet Theatre and more.
She is co-artistic director of award winning improv group The Maydays, as well as performing in science fiction improv show Project2.
Katy has successfully performed various improvised genres throughout her career inclduing her Ghostbusters themed musical “Who Ya Gonna Call?” which received rave reviews at 2013 and 2014 Edinburgh Fringe and left standing room only.
In 2014 she created Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show and made her first solo theatre show I Have an Idea for a Film. Katy has recently been performing in Knightmare Live, Tim Burton themed improv show Happily Never After and her award-nominated stand-up and storytelling show Schutte the Unromantic.
Recently she performed a successful run of her science fiction themed improv show Project2 at The Rosemary Branch Theatre, and is currently performing her semi-immersive folk horror play entitled Let’s Summon Demons, featuring real witch craft!
Katy is now applying years of experience of improvising genres and applying them to this brand new course.
Genres are an exciting way to stretch yourself as an improviser and explore stories, characters and emotions you wouldn’t usually get to do on stage.
dates, time, location
Date: Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 10th April 2019, with show on Saturday 1st June 2019.
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm.
Teacher: Katy Schutte.
Price: £200. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £100 once the course starts.
Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 1st Floor, Next to 2 Finsbury Avenue (off Whitecross Place), London, EC2M 2PP.
Tube: Liverpool Street or King’s Cross.
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teacher Katy Schutte
Katy trained in improv at Second City and iO Chicago as well as with teachers from Annoyance, UCB, The Magnet Theatre and more.
She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award.
She is co-artistic director of award winning improv group The Maydays. In 2014 Katy created Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show and also performs in The Mayday’s Tim Burton inspired show Happily Never After.
She performs and co-directs the sci-fi improv group Project2, including a recent successful run at The Rosemary Branch Theatre.
She also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their Ghostbusters themed musical “Who Ya Gonna Call?” which received rave reviews. She also made her first solo theatre show I Have an Idea for a Film at the Edinburgh Fringe.
She is half of the two woman long form show Katy and Rach, and plays in the Destination podcast and live shows.
She coaches long form teams and leads workshops in England, Europe and the States. Katy was one of the first people to teach the rest of the Hoopla team, and inspired us to create various shows.
She has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box and Baby Wants Candy and notably guested in the London and Liverpool Improvathons, Grand Theft Impro and Messing with a Friend.
Katy has recently been performing in Knightmare Live and her award-nominated stand-up and storytelling show Schutte the Unromantic.
She is currently performing her semi-immersive folk horror play entitled Let’s Summon Demons, featuring real witch craft!
We’ll be covering a variety of genres, topics and themes over the course, and also responding to the needs of the group.
- Science Fiction.
- Fantasy Adventure.
- Detective Dramas.
- Historical Period Pieces.
- Story Structures.
- Character Archetypes.
- Exploring your own favourite movies and books.
- Time travel.
- Characters with depth in the context of genres.
- Inventing new genres.
- Putting it all together to make an awesome show!
- Revisiting improv scene basics.
- Introducing vocabulary of The Harold.
- Structure of The Harold.
- Physical openings.
You don’t need to have any knowledge of genres before starting the course!
What comes after this course?
We have a variety of other advanced improv courses that would be suitable.
Who is this suitable for?
People with previous long-form improv experience who want to learn and experiment with some new genres.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
Do I have to know the genres already?
No. You don't have to have any experience or knowledge of any of the genres, just previous improv experience.
What if I can’t make every week?
As we’re forming a team over the course to do performances at the end it’s best not to miss more than one session over the course. If you think you’ll miss more than one sessions over the course please wait until another time to do the course. You won’t be able to do the show if you miss more than two sessions.
What if I’m running late?
We’ll be starting each session at 7pm, and you may not be able to take part in the workshop if you arrive after 7:15pm. This is an advanced course and we’re trying to form a team, so please don’t book this course if you are likely to be late on a regular basis.
What’s the class size?
The group size is going to be limited to 15 people - small enough that you get lots and lots of practice and stage time, but big enough that there’s still a lively atmosphere in the workshop. It’ll be fun as we get to know each other and build a team together.
Where is the show?
Shows usually take place at our improv comedy club, at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS but we sometimes have to use other similar sized venues during busy seasons.
Do I have to perform in the show at the end?
No. The show is optional, and you’ll still get loads out of the course without doing the show.
Can I pay by instalments?
Yes. You can book and pay the £100 and pay the remaining £100 once the course starts.