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Workshop: Diversity and Visibility in Improv

DISCLAIMER: The venue is a 2nd floor loft space and requires climbing approximately 20 stairs. If you would like to attend the event but have concerns about accessibility, contact us at info@improvembassy.com and we can try to accommodate. Furthermore, If you would like to participate but have financial constraints, message us at the same email address and we will make sure you can access the class.

Whose stories are told in improvised theatre? Do all your scenes remind you of Matt Damon in The Wall? Do You See Me is an exploration of connection and vulnerability, through the lenses of identity and cultural diversity. Through connection work, discussion, and storytelling, participants will gain new tools on better allyship in improvised theatre, and how to create nuanced scenes with thoughtful character relationships. This workshop is for improvisers, storytellers, self-identified marginalized identities and allies alike. Come with a notebook for discussion, an open mind, and a willingness to poke fun at Emma Stone, Tilda Swinton, Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson (for blatant whitewashing in Hollywood, why else?)

Monica Ogden is a Filipina actor, improviser with award-winning Paper Street Theatre Co., and content creator of “Fistful of Feminism” on YouTube. Born on Lekwungen and WSANEC territory (Victoria, British Columbia), she is one half improv duo NickelPumpernickel (with Ottawa local Tony Adams) and has performed and taught improv nationally and abroad with The Canadian Improv Games and Unexpected Productions (Seattle, WA). When she isn’t teaching, Monica is completing her final year of her BA in Gender Studies at the University of Victoria, and produces her web series “Fistful of Feminism” that aims to highlight her experience as a mixed race Filipina woman using intersectional, anti-racist, and decolonizing frameworks. With NickelPumpernickel, Monica is performing in “LUB DUB” at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and will be performing her first solo piece “Monica Vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior” this summer at the Victoria Fringe Festival.


Saturday, June 17
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Improv Embassy
176 Rideau St (Unit 202)
Ottawa, ON Canada