Are You Here Yet?
Improv for the moment
For adults (teens welcome) • Mind U session
Maximum Participants: 16
Daily 9:00am • Court 16
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)
Most people will say they are terrified to take an improv class because they aren’t clever or funny. Improv is not about being funny, it’s a life skill that changes the way you experience the world.
Kate’s many students will tell you she has a remarkable talent for ensuring you feel supported (and laugh) as you practice taking risks. I love taking groups of people and connecting them. Teaching them about no judgment, staying in the moment, saying “yes”, status, scene work, outward focus, taking care of your partner, commitment, character, reincorporation, group mind, active listening, being good at it, failing, focus and most importantly finding the fun.
I love what I do.
All are welcome.
The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session
- Power of eye contact
- Celebrating failure
- Being in the moment
Kate has taught in many environments. During her 15-year tenure at Second City, Kate developed one of the Training Centre’s most successful programs; it still runs today. During her 13 years teaching at Ryerson University, she honed her program for executives. And for over 16 years at Workman Arts (CAMH), her program has been transformational for individuals suffering from mental illness.
Kate’s students are a mix of all ages and occupations. They include a Major League baseball player, one of Toronto’s highest producing real estate agents, a Director of an Ontario Crown Corporation and award winning actors.
A double Gemini nominated actor, Kate has numerous film, theatre, radio and television credits including a recurring role on the history channels hit TV series ”Gangland.“ However, for 20+ years, her passion has been teaching improv. The Kate Ashby Academy, launched in 2010 in Toronto, with full enrollment, always has a waiting list.
All Daily 9:00am sessions:
- Are You Here Yet? Improv for the moment (Kate Ashby)
- Art of Deferring Judgment This space intentionally left blank (Matteo Catullo, Max Hurson)
- Creative Team Dynamics Bridging the creative space between people (Marc Hurwitz, Samantha Hurwitz)
- Diving into Poetry Finding your treasure (Michelle Tokarczyk, Lee Dunne)
- Make It Real Making visual thinking and story telling a magical sensory experience (Jim Ridge)
- Mirror, Mirror Learn the art and science of delivering and receiving feedback (John Sedgwick, Ian Rosenfeldt)
- Painting Your Life Letting go and creating the unknowable (Russell Thomas)
- Shower Thinking The art, science and process of incubation (Clare Dus, Liz Monroe-Cook, Kristen Peterson)
- Theory U and YoU Kick start your Theory YoU (John Frederick, Joette Field)
- …or why not just hop to another random session?