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Thursday, May 16 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Gender and sexuality on the improv stage in Sweden

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Improvisationsstudion in Stockholm and Improverket in Gothenburg present examples from our productions and courses, and panel a discussion on how to create scenes and characters beyond stereotypes. Our seminar will show examples from the creation and development of »Hetero«, a show exploring and shedding light on heterosexual norms and how they affect on relationships and society. Improv is an artform where used skills often resembles traditional female traits. Make your partner happy, keeping the group together and advanced listening e.g. - skills women in general are assigned to train in life. In Improverkets beginner classes women are in vast majority, and has been for all our history. In expert level, and in semi professional groups spurned from improv classes, however, they were not. Some how, for some reason, professional groups all over the world too often contain of a majority of men. What have we done and what can we do to change this?

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Sara Beer

Artistic producer, Improvisationsstudion
Sara Beer (SE) is one of the artistic producers at Improvisationsstudion. She also runs Improvisationsstudion Förlag which published Swedish translations of Keith Johnstone´s classic Impro and Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography by Teresa Robbins Dudeck in 2015. In »Hetero... Read More →
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Martin Geijer

Artistic Director, Improvisationsstudion
Martin Geijer (SE) is the founder and Artistic Director of Improvisationsstudion. He is in many ways responsible for the introduction and expansion of improvisation in Sweden. From the beginning of his career when he worked at the Loose Moose Theatre with Keith Johnstone, to his... Read More →
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Lotta Malmhester

Improviser/Head of Education, Improvisationsstudion Stockholm AB
Lotta Malmhester (SE) has worked with improvisational processes and theatre for over 20 years in different contexts and with various improvisational formats. Today she is head of education and training and a cast member in several of the shows at Improvisationsstudion. In the show... Read More →
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John Pekkari

Head of education, Improverket
John Pekkari (SE) is one of Sweden´s most appreciated improvisers and is head of education of Improverket, Gothenburg. He revised and changed the company´s teaching of improvised theatre from having a technical point of view to a more philosophical perspective and found that it... Read More →
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Frida Elisabeth Sundström

Frida Sundstrom (SE) has a role in Swedish improvised theatre that is unquestioned. She came from a masculine improv world, which left her feeling (and literally being) pushed off the stage. Her talent was too provocative - but talent being a fierce weapon in itself and she was able... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm BST
Seminar 3 (RV122) Ravensfield, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT