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Image Description:  The Velvet Duke Productions logo and watermark is a white line drawing of a crown resting on the shoulders of three performers, incorporating their heads as bigger jewels. Below the logo are the words Velvet Duke Productions. All centered on a black background. The crown and performers represent the "I is We" nature of community, and creative energy within the world
Velvet Duke Productions

Velvet Wells is The Velvet Duke

Black, autistic, queer, hard of hearing and seeing velvet-voiced multi-faceted creator

Velvet Duke, Entertainer

Velvet will engage your audience with impromptu or prepared material. Velvet is a multi-faceted entertainer – musical improviser, storyteller, stand-up, and host. View a historical notable performance and then get ready to attend a future virtual performance

“His voice was beautiful and his comedy music was on point”

Megan Phillips (The Anxiety Show)

Velvet Wells, Theatre Professional

Velvet is an award winning professional working theatre artist and facilitator. Read testimonials from your peers

Velvet is an agent of empowerment, leading improvisational workshops and jams to give people space to develop their competence, consciousness, self-efficacy, positive connections

“Velvet’s wonderfully joyful infectious energy stays long after the sessions are done”

Athira Vidyadhar (Improv Comedy Bangalore)

Velvet Wells, Expert Panelist

(2021) Intersectional Inclusion in Improvisation (UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts)
(2021) Equitable Pricing Models in Improv (The Nursery)
(2021) Inspiration for Music in Improv (The Nursery)
(2021) Neurodiverse discussion in Improv (Edinburgh International Improv Festival)
(2020) Safeguarding & Handling Sensitive Issues (The Improv Place)
(2019) Making Space Taking Space (Black and Funny Improv Festival)

“Velvet has a vast wealth of knowledge and lived experience when it comes to issues of equity, outreach and diversity”

Chris Mead (The Improv Place, Maydays, Nursery Theatre)

COVID-19: Velvet is available to connect virtually around the world. In person engagement will resume within Canada once Health Canada has provided guidelines ensuring the safety of performers and the public

Thoughts from Velvet Wells

Committed to end anti-Black racism? Offer free improv workshops to Black people

An open letter to improv companies around the world by Velvet Wells In 2020, in response to the murder of George Floyd, many North American improv companies reflected on how they benefited from systems of oppression and the lack of diversity in their leadership, membership, and audiences. In this post, I am asking companies toContinue reading “Committed to end anti-Black racism? Offer free improv workshops to Black people”

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