Your Story, Your Community are a series of bi-weekly improv comedy workshops, designed to uplift and encourage those who do not feel represented, seen or heard – particularly in the comedy and theatre community. As such, they are open to all with with improv/comedy/theatre experience.
**These workshops are a safe space of welcoming and learning for people from all walks of life. Oppressive, discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated**
The workshop will begin with FREE coffee and bagels! Each workshop will be run by different guest coaches, who are not only incredibly talented improvisers, but who always bring their truth to the stage.
Your Story, Your Community
Presented by Montreal Improv
When: Sunday, April 1st, 2018, 3:30-6
Where: Montreal Improv Theatre
Cost: PWYC – Suggested donation of $5
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Please give a small note of your performance background in the email!
Space is limited to 12-14 participants.
*Ces cours seront bientôt offerts en Français*
Our guest coach this week is:
Todd Houseman is an indigenous performer and emerging artist from Amiskwaci Waskihigan (Edmonton, Alberta). He is currently enrolled in the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. Previous to his enrollment, Todd was a senior performer of Edmonton’s Rapid Fire theatre for 8 years, where he performed weekly and taught as a primary instructor through the Boyle Street outreach program. In Rapid Fire, Todd met Ben Gorodetsky and together they created the improvised play, Folk Lordz, which has toured across North America, delighting audiences with cultural comedy and storytelling. Folk Lordz, though still touring occasionally, has lead to the production of Folk Lordz the webseries, which can be found on Youtube, with Todd and Ben taking the role of co-writers, actors and producers. Todd and Ben have also co-produced Stories on the Hills indigenous storytelling event in the winters of 2016 and 2017. Todd has appeared as an actor onstage and behind the camera and has worked as an indigenous educator and facilitator through various cultural exchange programs in Edmonton. Todd will be touring his show Whiteface at Winnipeg Fringe this upcoming summer with co-writer and co-creator Vanessa Cardona and they consider their work to be an important part of decolonization in Canada.
In this workshop we will discuss and improvise within the intersections of cultural identity and the stage. Through improv games and storytelling we will explore our own personal geography and how it relates to who we are on and off stage and build tactics for dealing with the weight of performing as a minority. Multiculturalism is like wholewheat bread, it’s really healthy for you and not just white, so enjoy some bread folks!