Play Like Brené with Katy Schutte (Online)

Tuesday 12th January
19:00 – 21:30

Improvisation inspired by the work of Brené Brown on vulnerability, empathy and courage.

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston who rose to fame from her Ted talk on The Power of Vulnerability. She’s spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She’s the author of five number 1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead.

Katy Schutte is one of the UK’s most experienced improvisers and she has designed brand new exercises and games to bring the work of Brené to life and apply it to your improvisation.

In this class, Katy will use improv to explore the following: 

  • Vulnerability as the birthplace of joy and creativity.
  • Allowing ourselves to be seen.
  • Authenticity and being our whole-hearted selves in improv.

“I believe that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck.” – Brené Brown.

Some improv experience is recommended. Places are capped at 12.   


Katy Schutte is one of the UK’s original long form improvisers. She performs and teaches all over the world, is a Head Teacher for Hoopla (the UK’s biggest improv school) and Co-Founder Director of The Improv Place. She has been one of The Maydays since 2004, is half of legendary sci-fi improv duo Project2 and author of The Improviser’s Way: A Longform Workbook, which is published by Nick Hern Books.

A Funny Women finalist and both nominee and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award, Katy also starred in BAFTA winning online educational series History Bombs.

Katy performs with Knightmare Live and makes her own work including Schutte the Unromantic and acclaimed semi-immersive folk horror play Let’s Summon Demons. She is a contributing writer for Cards Against Humanity and actor/writer on web series Sideliners. She is currently resident singer/songwriter on Sean and Robot’s Comedy Circuit podcast and co-writer/dramaturg on AR immersive project Transportalists in association with StoryFutures and CreativeXR.