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online performing course

Explore a variety of online improv show formats and get performing online during lockdown!

Brand new online improv courses from Katy Schutte, Fred Deakin and Liam Brennan!

These courses are specially designed for experienced improvisers who want to explore the full potential of performing improv online.

We are forming an online performing mega squad, exploring and devising different online formats and even putting on a number of optional shows with you over the course.

You’ll be looking at performing great improv online, various online show formats and also exploring the technical side of online shows. We’ll also be encouraging extra practice sessions and socials with the team. There will be an official online show at the end plus optional online shows throughout the course.

So if you want to keep your performing mojo up this is going to be a good one!

Katy is one of the most experienced long-form performers and teachers in the UK, having first trained with Second City, Annoyance and IO in Chicago over 15 years ago!

Fred is Professor of Digital Art at University of the Arts London and is half of the band Lemon Jelly who have been nominated for Mercury and Brit awards and headlined almost every major UK music festival. He is also the technical improviser for Project2.

Liam is producing many of Hoopla’s online shows, is behind many of our new house teams, and is a hotbed of innovation. Liam’s workshops have recently been featured in The Evening Standard, The Guardian and The Independent.

Together they make the ultimate online team!

Designed for people with previous long-form improv experience. If you haven’t got that it’s best to start with our drop-in classes first.

dates, time, location


Every Thursday for 4 weeks from Thursday 11th June 2020 with Katy Schutte AND Fred Deakin, plus additional optional online shows throughout the course. BOOK NOW

Every Thursday for 4 weeks from Thursday 14th May 2020 with Katy Schutte AND Fred Deakin, plus additional optional online shows throughout the course. SOLD OUT.

Every Monday for 4 weeks from Monday 11th May 2020 with Liam Brennan, plus additional optional online shows throughout the course. SOLD OUT.

Time: 7pm – 9pm each week.

Price: £120. Reduced to £105 for NHS workers or if your income has greatly been reduced by lockdown.

Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the first workshop.

This course is online:

1. Book your preferred date on this page.

2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you log-in for the zoom chat.

3. You then click on the link in the email to join the zoom chat and enter password.

4. You will just need a laptop with camera and internet connection, everything else will be in the link. Laptops work better than ipads and phones for improv over Zoom.

5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start the first session with an overview of how to use it.

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!

fred deakin

Fred is Professor of Digital Art at University of the Arts London (which consists of the six London art schools Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon.)

Fred is founder and director of the collaborative organisation Fred & Company which specialises in interactive art projects.

Fred is half of the band Lemon Jelly with Nick Franglen who have been nominated for Mercury and Brit awards, sold over half a million albums and headlined stages at almost every major UK music festival (Glastonbury, Bestival, Big Chill, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park).

Previously, Fred was Founder and Director of ground-breaking London design agency Airside 1998-2012 with Nat Hunter and Alex McLean which won and was nominated for two BAFTAs, nine D&ADs, four Design Week Awards including Best In Show, and a Webby. The Gestalten book ‘Airside By Airside’ (2010) tells Airside’s story.

Fred has given talks at the Design Museum, the Barbican, RCA, LCC, Design Indaba and Pictoplasma and has performed at TED, run animation workshops in the V&A, judged the British Animation Awards and delivered a lecture tour to professionals and school children around Indonesia with the British Council. He also played a role in the working group for the Gowers Review white paper on the UK’s creative economy which was presented to the DCMS in 2006.

Drawing on experience gained during the course of his varied ‘portfolio career’, Fred is currently exploring how creativity happens in collaborative studio spaces and how this creative spark is nurtured in an increasingly commercial cultural marketplace with a view to generating new pedagogies to empower emerging talent.

His many other current interests include inventing new hypothetical formats for releasing music in a post-digital age, the boom in engaging audiences through gamification and interaction, the grey area between art and design and how it is increasingly irrelevant to emerging generations, and all kinds of alternative culture. His previous career has encompassed popular music, graphic design, interaction design, illustration, clothing, performance, branding, strategy, systems design and many other disciplines.

liam brennan

Liam trained at UCB and iO.

He performs in Hoopla’s brand new long-form house team Michelle, long-form group The Science of Living Things, narrative long-form show Fright Club, short-form groups Gamez & Improv Crystal Maze. Liam is the powerhouse behind many of Hoopla’s new shows and house teams, and is a hotbed of innovation.

He is currently producing a different online show for Hoopla every single weekend during lockdown, constantly creating and experimenting with new ideas to support the improv community while it is online.

Liam specializes in teaching long-form improvisation in a playful way, where the improvisers can play without fear of failure and without worrying about rules. He encourages a great sense of freedom and play in long-form and helps everyone have a massive laugh!

Liam’s improv teaching has been recently featured in The Evening Standard, The Guardian and The Independent.

Liam also facilitates Hoopla’s corporate training with regular clients including Google, Facebook, Accenture and more.

He originally trained at the University of Kent gaining a Masters in Stand-Up Comedy, as well as joining the University’s resident short form Improv group founded by the Noise Next Door.

Liam’s teaching style is fun and encouraging, while also teaching you some awesome skills to make your improv great!

Over the course he is going to look at the Slacker, La Ronde, a new radio format called Improv FM, a new game show format and more to help you create the future of long-form improv together as a team!