Getting Closer w/ Kaisa Kokko

Getting Closer We see wonderful scenes in films and on theater stages portraying (romantic) love, but for some reason this rarely happens in improv. Most of the time improvisers will avoid these situations or turn them into gaggy comedy. How can we express deep believable feelings on stage and get the audience to “aww” with us? How can we get more comfortable touching and being touched by each other? How will we beat the fears concerning intimacy on stage and let ourselves tell the full stories of our characters? This workshop concentrates on honing our skills in love scenes, experiencing and exploring closeness on stage and sharing our fears, insights and ideas on the theme. By creating a safe environment we have a wonderful possibility to learn more about getting closer.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21st 2:30pm-5:30pm

Prerequisite: Level 1 completion and above or equivalent scene work experience.

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Kaisa Kokko is an improviser, director and a communication skills instructor from Finland. She studied music, special education and education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and has masters in Education (M.Ed). Kaisa has also studied communication skills, various forms of dancing & musical instruments and improvisation (iO Chicago, Unexpected Productions Seattle and many teachers around the globe).

Improvisation theater JOO! has been Kaisa’s theater since 2005 and after a few years of studying the art form she became an instructor herself. Kaisa has studied with some of the greatest improv teachers in the world and continues to educate herself whenever there is a chance.
Kaisa has co-created the famous Jyväskylä-based improv comedy club Mikäklubi and Improv Theater KujeImpro and is the co-artistic director in both. Kaisa is a co-founder of ImproKampus, the fist improvisational theater training center that offers improv teaching in Finnish (and in English). She is actively performing in two improv theaters and has a musical duo “Kaisa & Julia”.
In addition to her homeland Finland, Kaisa has taught and/or performed improv all over Europe and in Costa Rica, Peru and United States. Her favorite festival experiences include FiiF in Finland, Tilt in Estonia, Seattle International Festival of Improvisation in United States, Pheonix Improv Festival (US) Improv Fest Ireland and Improfest & Swimp in Sweden. This summer Kaisa has the pleasure of joining The Ocean State Improv Festival (US) and Seattle International Festival of Improvisation (US) in addition to teaching in several theatres around the US and Canada. Kaisa is grateful for being able to travel around the world teaching, performing and constantly learning more!

This class is full. Registration is closed.

Tuition: $30


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