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ORAL HISTORY & IMPROVISATION with Todd Houseman

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ORAL HISTORY & IMPROVISATION with Todd Houseman

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ORAL HISTORY AND IMPROVISATION with Todd Houseman

An exploration of how traditional storytelling can be used both as a style and a tool in improv using narratives of geography, origin stories, and stories that come from the land, all of which are unique to Indigenous oral stories. Additionally, the class serves as a cultural exchange opportunity for participants. Using personal stories, physicality, and deep remembering, we’ll work to enhance our improv by using structures and elements of indigenous oral literature.

Disclaimer: the teachings in this workshop are not Elder-level as Todd is not qualified to teach those. The focus of this workshop is ultimately on improving our improvised scenes.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Todd Houseman is a Nehiyo (Cree) mixed-blood actor, improviser, and writer from Edmonton, Alberta (Amiskwaci). His work focuses on decolonization by prioritizing indigenous narratives through satire, political commentary, and storytelling. Todd recently graduated from the acting program at the National Theatre School of canada but has yet to physically walk across the stage. Prior to his schooling, Todd was a senior performer and instructor with Rapid Fire Theatre from 2009-2017. He is the co-writer/producer/star (with Ben Gorodetsky) of Folk Lordz, which began as a touring improvised play and has evolved into a 2-season political sketch comedy web series. In addition, Todd is co-creator of the play Whiteface with Lady Vanessa Cardona which received rave reviews at in its premiere fringe tour. In his free time, Todd enjoys building masks, forging knives, or being in the forests of western Alberta.

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Date: Thursday October 1, 5-8pm Pacific Time

12 spots available.

Platform: Zoom. Zoom link will be emailed in advance of the workshop.

Open to all improvisors who have completed an Intro to Improv class or equivalent. Strong scene work skills are an asset.

This workshop is produced by The Vancouver Improv Festival.

Questions? Email info@vancouverimprovfest.com

All participants will be required to sign our Anti-Harassment Policy prior to the workshop.

Please note, we will not be able to offer refunds for this event.

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