'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
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I have been teaching improvisation for over eight 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 Carla...it 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
My name is Carla Keen, and I am a theatre-maker based in Cambridge, UK. I make work with an interest in form(at) and structure, and an interest in what is happening in the space in the moment.
Primarily, I am a theatrical improviser/performer; I have also trained in clown, movement and play-writing. I also have a keen visual eye, and I design much of my work. (This is why I enjoy the holism of the word 'theatre-maker'.)
Prior to this, I worked in the performing arts for many years follow-spotting for international theatre tours 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.