Katy Schutte

by Katy Schutte  1.Craig Cackowski is great. His class ‘Sell It’ was the most fun I’ve had in an improv class for a while and rather than making this introvert make increasingly big and silly choices (which was my guess) he showed us all a really good time and reminded us how joy is the...
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By Katy Schutte Do you remember the day you found out about Santa?  For me it’s the same as they day I found out that improv isn’t maths.  I had a teacher who totally contradicted what another teacher said.  I really didn’t know what to do with that for a while.  I imagined there must...
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By Katy Schutte I’m a teacher, which means that I’m also a learner.  Since I got back from Edinburgh, I’ve learned from a bunch of really great teachers.  I have so many notes, so many ongoing goals and I just want to share with you some of the wisdom that I’ve taken with me.  I’ve...
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Day: Thursday Time: 5pm Class: I Need a Hero This was my 6th Maydays residential in Dorset.  Like most of the Maydays, I teach several days a week, but there is definitely something unique about Osho Leela.  I love to be out in the sticks, walking to my class across dewy grass, past last night’s...
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by Katy Schutte It’s definitely worth spending a lot of time getting really, really good at improv.  Those 10,000 hours take a while though, so it’s nice to have a couple of tips.  Watching a lot of new improvisers I notice the same tells over and over again that broadcast them as such.  There’s already...
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by Katy Schutte It seems to me that there is sometimes quite a disparity between how much an audience enjoys a show and how much the performers enjoy a show (or how good they think it was). For me, there are three broad reactions I’ll have after doing a show; ·       Recriminating myself and/or the...
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by Katy Schutte Over years of teaching, I have begun to notice that many students at one point or another appear to have a crisis of confidence and dips in their skill sets.  There seems to be an ongoing cycle that starts with enthusiasm, becomes more of a serious work ethic and then turns into...
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By Katy Schutte Improv is largely about the suspension of disbelief.  This is a blog to look at how we can hold the audience’s attention and how we can take them with us wherever we go.  It’s not about short form where there is always a nod to the fact that you are improvising and...
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