Maya Jairam (2020)

Aside from being a very talented, multi-hyphenate performer, Velvet is an incredibly generous improviser who creates a warm, welcoming space for improvisers of all stripes and abilities. Hugely compassionate, he also makes improv very accessible and works with improvisers at their level to get into the fun of the game.

I had been told that musical improv was actually very complicated and required mastery of certain things. Enter Velvet – and he 100% disabused me of this idea, making musical improv fun, accessible and also demystified it. He made the marriage of two things I love greatly (musicals and improv) so much more enjoyable and less intimidating. In theory, as well as in practice.

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Velvet Duke is a Black autistic queer entertainer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada