Mindful Menace for Deferential People

About Mindful Menace

Velvet will help experienced improvisational performers access antagonism as a positive tool within longform improvisation.

By the end of the course, you will have tools to improvise nuanced and engaging narrative moments through discovery and exploration of the Protagonist’s wants. 

Ideal Student

If you’ve grown up playing the observer or listener, the follower instead of leader. If you tend to rescue narrative scenes from “danger” (resolve, fast forward, cut away), sit on the backline watching others have fun in the scene, or think others deserve more time shine than you.

This workshop will help you discover the fun within your antagonistic side, become more nuanced protagonists, and give you a fictional setting to practice speaking up against real world menaces

Mindful Menace Intensive

In the two hour intensive, we, the nicest, kindest, most people-pleasing-est improvisers, are gathered today to explore the antagonistic side of narrative, while staying grounded in consent and boundary mindfulness. 


  1. Expressing and Frustrating “the Want”
  2. Finding your level of antagonism
  3. Playing to win and still losing

Participants and the facilitator will actively create a Consent Informed Space while exploring within this intensive.

Saturday, November 12, 2022 noon-2pm ET

Pay what you will (Eventbrite)

Mindful Menace Course

Like the intensive session, over four weeks, we’ll explore Protagonist wants, and playing to win, while spending more play time with each type of menace.

Menace Complexity (easiest to most difficult to disengage)

  1. Instant (Cameos)
  2. Irritants (Minor characters)
  3. Competitive (Major characters)
  4. Superior (Boss moves here!)

Mindful Menace Jam

The “Dark n Stormy” jam is open to any performer who attended one of the Mindful Menace sessions. These sessions can help sustain and further explore the workshop concepts

Monthly sessions are run with no financial barriers (Pay What You Will accepted by PayPal)


“Mindful Menace class must be experienced by all improvisers”

Andi Fei (4 week course)

After a 2 hour Mindful Menace workshop with the incomparable The Velvet Duke, our hearts are full and our minds are mischievous. We cannot recommend working with Velvet highly enough.

Tiny Dinos (2 hour intensive)
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