Play like Brené
play like Brené
Improvisation inspired by the work of Brené Brown on vulnerability, empathy and courage.
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston who rose to fame from her Ted talk on The Power of Vulnerability. She’s spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s the author of five number 1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead.
Katy Schutte is one of the UK’s most experienced improvisers and she has designed brand new exercises and games to bring the work of Brené to life.
As part of a team you’ll be exploring
- Embracing vulnerability, empathy and courage.
- Vulnerability as the birthplace of joy and creativity.
- Allowing ourselves to be seen.
- Authenticity and being our whole-hearted selves in improv.
- Embracing all emotions on stage to bring scenes to life.
- Connection and compassion with our scene partner and with ourselves.
“I believe that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck.” – Brené Brown.
This course is suitable for people who’ve done some improv before. If you are totally new to improv it would be best to start with our beginners improv course first.
Katy trained at Second City and iO Chicago as well as with teachers from Annoyance, UCB and more.
She is a Funny Women finalist and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award.
Katy has performed with the Maydays for over 15 years and is also founder of The Improv Place. In 2014 Katy created Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show, which returned to Edinburgh in 2015.
She performs in sci-fi improv group Project2, and produces and performs in Geekeasy the comedy night for nerds.
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, Knightmare Live, 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 is also a sketch comedian, actress and theatre-maker.
Who is this suitable for?
People who've done some improv before and would like to see how the work of Brené Brown could help their improvisation.
How much improv or acting should I have done before doing this course?
You should have done at least our Level 1 and Level 2 improv course or a similar amount of improv somewhere else.
What comes after this course?
We have a variety of other advanced improv courses that would be suitable, with themes like story, character, scenes and more.
Do I need to know anything about Brené Brown?
What’s the class size?
Around 12-15 people.
Is there an end of course show?
No. We want to focus on the core skills with Katy and we've found doing show formats on top of that can be distracting. However if show teams form from the course we do have the space to put on shows and can help out on an informal basis.
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