YBY ep 325: Katy Schutte on adventure, creativity, and fairness
This week on Yes But Why, I present to you my interview with improviser, Katy Schutte.
Katy Schutte has performed and taught improvisation in 20+ countries across five continents. She is a Head Teacher and Curriculum Writer for Hoopla, the UK’s biggest improv school. Katy authored The Improviser’s Way: A Longform Workbook, published by Nick Hern Books. She is also a commercial and voiceover actor. Katy is a contributing writer for Cards Against Humanity as well as an actor/writer on the web series, Sideliners.
She was resident songwriter on Sean and Robot’s Comedy Circuit podcast; she was co-writer on the AR immersive game Beth’s Legacy in association with StoryFutures and CreativeXR; and she was a writer/improv director/performer on The Galaxicle Implosions, a multi-platform live virtual reality show with Fandco and Flipside.
Katy is currently working on a play based on her experience as an artist in residence with The Arctic Circle Project 2022 and is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant.
In my conversation with Katy, she told me all the ways she has attempted to find nerdy friends. She had some really good ideas.
Once a tiny child sitting in a chair up in a tree reading a book, Katy Schutte is now a successful and often sought-after improv teacher from the UK. Katy has made a name for herself in the international improv community with her online improv and writing workshops! I am currently taking a zoom workshop with her called, “The Mythic Improv Journey”!
Katy has been a tour de force in the improv scene long before the pandemic. In an effort to bolster her own improv scene in Brighton, Katy studied improv in the US and then soaked up as much improv education as she could from all around her.
We had a great conversation about the hard work that goes into developing and being part of an improv scene. We talked about how to handle conflict and how to make career decisions. Katy spoke on using your own values to navigate big decisions. She made it sound really easy.
Katy is such an inspiration to me. She is a stalwart educator in the international improv community and the effort she puts in to all of her theatrical endeavors is just plain awesome. In my time taking class with her, Katy has created a safe space and taught us some really amazing things about myth! I’ve enjoyed every bit of my time spent with her and I am happy she is out there for all of you to hopefully experience as well.
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Katy is teaching an upcoming “Write your Own Solo Show” workshop that starts soon and it is available ONLINE! Sign up now!
You should also buy her book, The Improviser’s Way: A Longform Workbook, to add to your theatre education library.
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(production notes: recorded zoom meeting via Rodecaster on 10/3/2022; posted on 10/24/2022)