Silencing your Inner Critic with Maria Peters

Tuesday 15th December
19:00 – 21:30

We all think theatre critics can be harsh but often the harshest reviews of your improv come from the voice inside our heads. 

Silencing the ‘Inner Critic’ (the voice that says you’re not good at improvising, that your scene was awful and that everything that comes out of your mouth is embarrassing) is a workshop where we’ll look at practical tools to shut that voice up when you’re trying to improvise.  

I’ve known countless improvisers, from beginners to professionals, say after a scene or show. “I didn’t enjoy it, I was too in my head” 

We know that what that actually means is that the negative chatter in their head was too distracting for them to focus on being present. 

Workshop objectives 

  • To play with a bunch of practical tools that help you stay present in improv and in life 
  • To know how to put the brakes on when ‘catastrophising’ or negative spiraling begins
  • To squash self-critical assumptions (E.g. ‘I don’t know but I bet they hated it’)

Maria Peters is one of the Yes Queens, the West End’s first female lead improv comedy group.  She also performs in Breaking & Entering, a hugely popular improv duo and creators of The Playground which has grown to be one of London’s most iconic improv nights.

Her solo show, The Science of Cringe, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and played to sell-out audiences. She has also written for BBC Radio Comedy, appeared on BBC One, and is a regular on the improvised podcast Destination.

When not improvising in London, Maria performs and teaches at improv festivals internationally, most recently in Estonia, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal & The United States.

A lot of her expertise has also been gathered from world class instructors over the years as Maria studied with Charna Halpern, the founder of iO Chicago and author of Truth in Comedy, who originally developed The Harold with Del Close and Keith Johnstone; New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade; and The Second City in Chicago.

On top of nearly 15 years of improv experience, Maria is also a professional educator. Her varied career encompasses Museum Learning and Personal Professional Development Training which means she’s an expert in passing on knowledge in interactive & engaging ways.

Maria creates friendly and relaxed environments to learn in and believes in giving her students all the tools to find the JOY of improv.

“Her classes gave me a seismic change in my abilities and confidence as a performer” – Jennifer L (Previous Workshop Student)