Katy Schutte: 3 workshops – Feb 2019

In huge demand around the world, we’ve been incredibly lucky to grab Katy Schutte right here in Christchurch!

Katy will be running 3 workshops over the weekend from Friday, 22nd through to Sunday, 24th February 2019, covering a broad range of improvisation skills. The Sunday workshop will also build towards a public performance on the Sunday evening – Genre Performance w/ Katy Schutte

These workshops have been made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme (see below for additional details).

Three Workshops

Friday evening will be a special one-off workshop for women and female and female-identifying participants only.

Saturday and Sunday workshops will be open to all.

All workshops will be in the Common Room Building (aka: Two Productions), at the Christchurch Arts Centre.

Workshop 1: Women in Improv

Friday, 22rd February (evening)

This workshop is for women and female-identifying participants only. The focus is on playing strong female characters, playing against type, playing across gender and learning how to be a badass. We’ll also look at any problems the group have come up against in their improv experiences and make and find tools to be invincible.

Workshop 2: Longform Improv Toolkit

Saturday, 23rd February (daytime)

An opportunity to upgrade your long form improv toolkit, or even step into long form for the first time. Topics include: object and space work, editing, character, point of view, the different styles of play, types of initiation, building trust and group mind.

Workshop 3: Playing Genre

Sunday, 24th February (daytime)

We’ll be looking at popular genres, identifying tropes, structures and characters in order to find an original show in that style. We will look at a bunch of genres (including ones you bring along and want to work on) and then pick a favourite to perform in the evening.

Performance – Directed by Katy Schutte

Sunday, 24th February – 7:30pm show

On Sunday evening there is a public performance, directed by Katy. This will be a genre-based show. To be eligible for the performance you will have, at a minimum, attended the Sunday workshop. Casting will be determined after the workshop on Sunday. The call time for cast of the show will be 6:45pm.

The performance will be at the Performing Arts Centre at Heaton Intermediate.

About Katy Schutte

Katy is an actor, writer, comedian, director and improviser. She trained in Drama at the University of Hull before finding her true passion in long form improvisation at iO Chicago, Second City Chicago and with teachers from Annoyance, UCB and other world class training schools.

Katy has been a member of the award-winning Maydays since their founding year in 2004. She performed in a duo with Rachel Blackman for over a decade and has been with science fiction show Project2 since 2012.

Katy is a Funny Women Finalist, Latest Comedy Show Award nominee, a sketch comedian and has written and starred in several acclaimed live comedy shows including Schutte the Unromantic and Who Ya Gonna Call? a fan-tribute musical. Her latest production is a folk-horror play entitled Let’s Summon Demons.

Her book The Improviser’s Way is published by Nick Hern Books. You can often catch her in nerdy comedy shows and TV commercials.

Katy lives in London and teaches and performs all over the world.


Funding and Sponsorship

creative communities Christchurch

Impulse Theatre received a grant from CNZ Creative Communities. This grant has been used, in part, to provide a reduced cost workshop for women on Friday, 22nd February. The remaining funds from the grant will be used to provide reduced cost workshops for persons 25 and under, and those who are currently either unemployed or underemployed. If you would like to be considered for a reduced cost, please fill in the relevant section of the booking form.

Notes for Participants

  • To get the most from this masterclass it is recommended that you already have at least some training as either an actor or an improviser. If you are unsure whether the class will suit you, please get in touch using the Contact Form.

Workshop Details and Booking Form

Dates / TimesFriday 22nd February: 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 23rd February: 10 am – 5 pm (1 hr lunch break)
Sunday 24th February: 10 am – 5 pm (1 hr lunch break)
SHOW: Sunday 24th February: 7:30 pm (6:45 pm call time for cast)
Location – WorkshopOriginal Scripts Theatre School
Common Room Building
Christchurch Arts Centre
2 Worcester Boulevard,

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/556BxZDtD5F2
Location – ShowPerforming Arts Centre
Heaton Intermediate
125 Heaton St, Merivale,

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/a86LbKJGqC22
Participantsmaximum 16 (each day)
CostFriday: Women in Improv = $30
Saturday: Longform Improv Toolkit = $95
Sunday: Playing Genre = $95
For those attending both daytime workshops, the cost is reduced to $170 (instead of $190).
Booking Formbookings are closed


If you have any questions about this workshop, including applying for a cost reduction, please send a message using the contact form.