YBY ep 318: The unstoppable force of Kasia Chmara’s creativity.
This week on Yes But Why, I present my interview with Kasia Chmara.
Kasia Chmara is an improviser, an actress and a theater teacher in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She completed her studies at the International Film, Theatre and TV School in Lodz. She has been performing improv for almost a decade, but she’s been teaching theatre since 1998.
Kasia is an artistic coordinator of “Improdrom,” the International Improv Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She regularly leads theatre and improvisation workshops in Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Dublin, Bengaluru, Strasburg, Lubljana, Riga, and Athens.
Kasia performs with numerous improv groups, such as “wymyWammy,” “Which is Which,” and “The Allnighters.” She is also a member of the European improv collective, Ohana. Currently, she is also an actress with the Kameralny Theatre in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
In our interview, Kasia tells me about her lifelong pursuit to be an actress.
Kasia dedicated her life to acting when she was only 6 years old. We discuss all the hard work that has gone into her schooling – all the effort it took to get into the International Film, Theatre and TV School and all the work she put in while she was there. She shares with me the uphill battle of auditions and busking that followed.
Kasia continues to work on her craft! She is currently working on her PhD in Creating Character on script play through improvisation techniques.
We talk of our mutual love for improv and how Kasia connected to the artform through musical improv. There was no theater in her city, so Kasia decided to start her own community called Improvart Katarzyna Chmara. She now hosts theatre and improvisation workshops in Bydgoszcz and beyond.
We talk about connecting with the larger international improv community over Zoom during the pandemic and how much that opened our eyes to the larger world of improv.
Support Kasia Chmara by taking workshops with Improvart Katarzyna Chmara and by keeping up with her work through the European improv collective, Ohana.
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BONUS: Ohana lists improv festivals in Europe and surrounding areas — https://www.ohanaproject.eu/festivals/