carla keen.



carla keen.


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 'It’s an incredibly inspiring trait, to be able to take a bad situation and
use it to thrive, and one that theatre maker Carla Keen has in bundles.'
- A Younger Theatre on // SEED, created in lockdown 2020

Photo: Fay Roberts



Three men are upturning the traditional model for spaceflight and shaping a new era. Some people don’t understand this, but Max Velocity does and wants in on it. Carla Keen is Max Velocity.

Max wants to be a space cowboy; a pioneer, a man on the edge of glory, he just needs to know you’ve got his back if it all goes balls up. Max Velocity is a one-man interactive, intergalactic planetary comedy experience. It may include the following: mullet-based humour, non-mullet-based songs, and Max’s unconventional approach to astronaut training.

Join Max as he struggles with masculinity, privilege, and Pringles, all while trying to fulfil his boyhood dream of becoming a spaceman.

Scratch performance (London) - 5 May, Rosemary Branch Theatre, part of a double-bill with Stephen Davidson (free), TBC

Work-in-progress (Cambridge) - 20 May, Thrive Cafe Basement (free), 7:30pm

Premiere (London) - 24 May, Camden People's Theatre (part of Calm Down Dear festival), CPT (£10-£12), 7:15pm



I have been teaching improvisation for over ten years, from eight-week beginners courses to masterclasses in improvised dramaturgy and character. I also run workshops for groups who want to work on their communication and presentation skills.

Before I taught improvisation, I worked as a CELTA-qualified English as a Foreign Language teacher, and I have taught people from a wide-variety of backgrounds and ages throughout my career.

I enjoy holding space for people to feel safe and creative, and this care for participants can often also be seen in the work I make as a theatre practitioner.

'Our students loved working with really helped our group of students from diverse backgrounds get to know each other and set the tone of acceptance and support for the week. Carla exceeded our expectations and our students cited her improv session as one of the highlights of the week.'

- Rachel Gil, Associate Director, Cresset Capital

'If you want somewhere to learn improv, this is a safe, fun, and encouraging environment in which to do it... I thoroughly recommend it.'

- Simone, Student in an adult beginners class

Photo: Shutterstock


Photos: Top left Paul Ashley. Top right Roger Bennett. Bottom left, Erica Dupuy. Bottom right, Stefan Palmer.

I am a theatre-maker based in Cambridge, UK.


I make work with an interest in form(at) and structure, and how to explore in what is happening in the space at any given time. I am fascinated by the present; the uniqueness of an instance, and how we attempt to capture, save and retain moments. I call this 'moment-specific' theatre.


Primarily, I am a theatrical improviser; I have also trained in clown, movement, and game making, in addition to working for several years as a stagehand in a large receiving house.

I have an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a BA in English Studies from Oxford Brookes University.

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