Velvet is a sought-out facilitator, having lead workshops for international improvisational theatres (i.e., Black Improv Alliance, The Nursery Theatre, Highwire Improv, Oakville Improv Theatre Company, Montreal Improv), festivals (i.e., Everybody Get In Here Festival, Edinburgh International Improv Festival, Vintage Improv Festival), and community organizations (i.e., Bright Futures, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Guelph Black Heritage Society, Guelph Pride)
We will embrace and
reinforce Consent Informed Spaces
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Velvet facilitates improvisational workshops through organizations, improv theatres and festivals that have a clear mandate to reduce financial barriers for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) participants. Their pricing models create barrier-free BIPOC participation by embracing the gift economy — through scholarships/bursaries, pay-it-forward, pay what you will, or donations. These groups still pay a fair wage to facilitators.
Offers from Space (and getting back to Sirius) (#improv)
Level: Anyone | Duration: 2 hours
Friday, September 24, 2PM ET
This workshop is part of the International Improv Station’s curated monthly classes and is included in the price of your membership. (Sign up)
Offers from Space (and getting back to Sirius)
Has your scene partner suddenly transformed an everyday office scene in an absurd direction — like being inside a cockroach? Or your partner declares that you are your own great grandfather? For many performers these are examples of disconnected “offers from space.” They want to get back to the established reality. But my interest is piqued. Space is vast and so are the opportunities to explore new levels of reality. Your scenes can be absurd, fun, and even Sirius.
Blast your inner critic to embrace outer space offers:
- Escalate scenes to the utmost height and then sit in the mess
- Shape reality through hyper specificity
- Discover your galactic core by giving space and time to the moment
Anecdotal Evidence – Production Q&A (#improv)
Level: Anyone | Duration: 1 hour | Pay What You Want
Saturday, September 25, 12PM ET
In support of the Improv Learning Center course “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions“, Velvet shares some of his decision making processes, pitfalls and successes, and support for your event planning. This is all anecdotal, your mileage will vary
FREE for ILC members; Pay What you Want for everyone else. Sign up for the Zoom link
Question Everything – Take Your Space (#BIPOC #improv)
Level: Intermediate | Duration: 2.5 hours
Members of the following affinity groups are welcome to attend this session: Black, Indigenous, Asian, and People of Colour.
When you aren’t performing in your own affinity group, situations sometimes arise that make it difficult to want to share your creative voice or take your space. It might be a microaggression, or outright attempts to silence you or to make you uncomfortable enough to leave, or a lack of shared reference.
In this workshop, we’ll reforge our boundaries by examining and testing the intentions and impacts of three fundamental improv tenets:
- Saying Yes
- Statements Only
- Sharing Focus.
In fact, we’re going to twist them up to ensure we get into and play with John Lewis’ “good trouble.”
Allies from other affinity groups are encouraged to show support by signal-boosting the workshop on social media.
Past Available Workshops
Do You Take Song Requests? (#musicalimprov)
Level: Intermediate | Duration: 2 hours
In this workshop you’ll learn the format, how to put on a character you’ll enjoy playing for an hour, and of course, tricks for singing a variety of songs and creating instant histories for them
“Boost your confidence and your Nelsen Ratings”
Everybody Get In Here improv festival (June 2021)
Black Core Improv (#improv)
Level: Beginner | Duration: 2 hours | Black individuals
Improvisation is a playful way for strangers to get to know each other, to share laughs and perspectives, or to have a break away.
In this two hour workshop, we will introduce you to improvisation through collaborative storytelling games and exercises that will help you find your voice
Student Testimonial: “It was a very healing experience”
Mindful Menace (#improv)
Level: Intermediate | Duration: 8 hours over 4 classes
Everyone talks about conquering your demons. What would it be like to play one? We’ll explore the world from the perspective of grandiose cartoon villains, all the way down to our neighbourly everyday distractions, while remaining mindful of our scene partners and the real world implications. Student Testimonial
Improv College (2021)
26 Ways to Play the Alphabet Game (#improv)
Co-facilitated with Stephen Davidson
Level: intermediate | Duration: 2.5 hours
Do you enjoy word games? You’re going to love deconstructing the Alphabet Game. We’ll look at how and why we play the game, the different skills we can learn, and find some fun new challenges in an old favourite. Are there 26 ways to play the game? Let’s find out together!
Just Duet (#musicalimprov)
Co-facilitated with Stephanie Rae
Level: intermediate | Duration: 2 hours
Your musical improv faves are at it again – together! In Just Duet, Velvet & Stephanie will teach you the ins and outs of singing improvised duets – either for a standalone show of improvised songs or as part of a more traditional narrative. This workshop uses backing tracks!
Whether you’re a seasoned musical improviser, or a newbie to the form, you will benefit from the practice of singing with people at different skill levels.
Don’t think about whether or not you should sign up for this workshop… Just Duet!