TEACHERS – 2017
Markus had his first experience on theater stage at the age of 13, and since then he has not left the stage empty. Markus started doing improv in 2010 and after that he has been actively performing and training for the last 7 years.
Back in 2010 Markus also founded his own private company for performing arts. As an entrepreneur he has been performing music and improvisation in various venues stretching from intimate living room ballads to festival main stages. He has worked as a drama teacher for two years for 8-9th graders between 2010-2012. After that Markus moved to do special education and applied improv training.
Now Markus trains theatre improv in different groups and coaches applied improvisation for varying types of organizations, nationally and internationally. In 2016 he produced their own improv festival in Turku, and at this year’s Turku Impro Festival they had the total amount of 50 improvisers teaching and performing.
KAISA KOKKO (FIN)
Kaisa Kokko, an improviser, instructor and communication skills teacher, has learned, performed and taught improvised theater for more than 12 years and has more than 20 years of experience in scripted theatre. She has had the pleasure of teaching and performing improv in the United States, Peru, Costa Rica and all over Europe. Kaisa is the co-founder and teacher of Finlands first Finnish Improv Training Center ImproKampus and the co-artistic director of KujeImpro theater. Kaisa has taught improv for kids, teenagers and adults from different fields of life, performs regularly in two different improvisational theaters and has her own musical-duo. She also does a lot work in the field of applied improvisation and communication skills.
Kaisa specializes in deep and meaningful connections, relationship based grounded scene work and musical improvisation. Kaisa has studied at the iO Chicago, Unexpected Productions in Seattle and under many great improv teachers all over the world, including Keith Johnstone. Kaisa firmly believes in the strengthening power of improv and is thrilled to be part of something that will — little by little — change the world!”
CÉDRIC MARSCHAL (FR)
Cédric has been playing improv for nearly 10 years in different companies in Strasbourg, and he’s a member and co- founder of La Carpe Haute.
His idea of improv is to share and learn as much as you can, that’s why he has been travelling around Europe playing, learning and teaching. Back home, he gives courses on a regular basis, and specific workshops on the topics he loves.
His style and the one of La Carpe Haute could be described as explosive, sincere, physical and silly. He loves clown and playing with the body, so he tries to bring that in his way of teaching.
GAEL PERRY (FR)
Gael practices improv for almost 10 years in Strasbourg and he is member, co-creator and the director of La Carpe Haute.
Now, he teaches improv every week and loves it! He created many workshops (short or intensive) in French and English, using his experience on stage (national and international) and from the teachers he met (Joe Bill, Patti Styles, Will Luera, Lee White, Anders Fors, Rance Rizzutto, Matthieu Loos, Kaci Beeler, etc.). He travelled in Europe during the past few years (Barcelona, Berlin, Moscow, Athens Brussels, Göteborg, Amsterdam, etc.), performing and teaching, and found a thousand ways to improvise. His dream was to combine it to be a multifaceted cristal of improv! Now, he tries to share around the world that way of acting, kindly and silly, emotive and crazy.
JUSSI SORMUNEN (FIN)
Jussi has started improvisation theater when he was 8 years old. He is one of the co-founders of Intopiukeet and one of the active members of the group. Traditional scripted theater has been also one of the main things of Jussi and he has been on stage in Ramppi – the Student theater of Vaasa, Ilo Theater, and in Oulu’s Student theater. The biggest audience Jussi achieved as a child actor in Theater of Oulu.
Jussi has given improvisation workshops to different people from different age groups. The most rewarding to Jussi is to notice when unknown people become a group.