Theatre

Audition

Audition Dates
August 24 & 31 – 18:00 – 21:00

What is it?
We are an English-speaking improv ensemble that is coached by Tamara Maasdam (and potential guest teachers). Different from a class, as the ensemble you will have more ownership over what you want to learn and the content and organisation of your performances. All under the guidance of and with advice from the coach. Unlike a class, there is no end date to the ensemble. You will stay together as long as you want to. New members are chosen by the group and coach.

Overall goal of the ensemble:
The first goal is to create a group that loves playing with each other and trusts each other. The long term goal will be to start organising and playing shows.

The trainings will consists of:
– Training improv principles (everything from repeating the basics to diving in deeper)
– Format training
– Training in hosting shows
– Feedback
– Guidance when it comes to organising shows
– Training in other aspects of theatre with guest teachers (Depending on the group’s interests. For example: acting, clowning, singing, physical theatre, dance, etc)
– A shared document with all exercises we have done in class.

What are we looking for?
Improvisers who:
– are eager to learn and want to grow as a group as well as individually.
– believe that team building is as important as the improv itself.
– are dedicated and want to commit to the trainings.
– want to share responsibility in the organisation of the group
– want to perform and want to take responsibility in the organisation of the shows.
–  believe that watching shows are an essential part of their development.

What will I offer you as a coach?
What I bring as a coach is heart, laughter, energy, passion, curiosity as well as years of experience in performing, teaching and organising improv related events. I provide a supportive and positive group environment where everyone feels safe to take risks and fail as well as shine and kick ass. I bring a lot of energy and laughter to the trainings, because improv should be revitalising and fun. While having a lot of fun, I also strive to get the best out of every improviser and the group. I give non-judgemental, but honest feedback and believe in a combination of giving pointers mid-scene and letting improvisers play and giving feedback afterwards. I am endlessly curious about improv and believe that there is no end to learning. I will continue to develop, finetune and reinvent myself as a coach as well as an improviser.

What style of improv inspires me and what will I coach you in?
I love a wide variety of shows, but I am most passionate about improv in which comedy meets drama and improv that is treated like theatre. I love narrative longform, but regardless of the format, good improv is good improv. I love characters that want and feels things. I also love it when shows are visually pleasing and when groups use the stage to it’s full potential. I am inspired and coached by improv troups like the IT’S Ensemble, Three for All, Improv Playhouse of San Francisco, Paralellogramophonograph, the Maydays and Project 2. Whenever I watch a show or do a workshop, I take inspiration and knowledge with me and implement it in my coaching.

Practical Info
Rehearsal dates: Mondays, 18:00 – 21:00, September 7 – December 14
Rehearsal space: Mäster Olofsgården, Stockholm
Rehearsals: 15 x 3 hours, 13 rehearsals with coach + 2 rehearsals without coach.
Total price:  SEK 5400 – 3800 (7 – 12 people) *
* The exact price will be determined when we know how many we’ll be. The price is recalculated every term and depends on the price for the rehearsal space, amount of members, amount of classes and potential financial support.

About Corona
The audition/ rehearsal space is quite spacious. We’ll make sure to keep enough distance during the auditions and rehearsals. We will also ask everyone to wash their hands after entering. The coach will come a bit early and wipe off door handles etc.

As a group we have decided that we prefer improv irl and so we won’t have any Zoom rehearsals. Any rehearsals we might have to cancel due to Covid 19 will be postponed to next term. The group will only stand for potential extra expenses for the rehearsal space and the coach will take the risk of missing out on income in case of cancellation.

How to apply
First make sure to have read all of the information on this page. To sign up for the auditions, send an email to info@mightymoosegoose.com answering the questions below. There are no wrong answers. I just want to get an idea of who you are and what you’re looking for. Signing up doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the auditions. After sign-up you will get an email with more information.

  1. Are your available on one or both of the audition dates? (August 24 & 31, 18:00 – 21:00)
    (It would be great if many people can join for both dates, so I can get a better idea of who you are and how you play together)
  2. What is your improv experience so far?
  3. What is your favourite thing about improv?
  4.  What is your goal with improv?
  5.  What moments in your improv background stuck out for you or have played an important role in becoming the improviser you are today?
  6. What is something that you haven’t done yet that you want to try out?
    (It doesn’t have to be improv related)
  7. Are you willing to put in some extra work to help organise your own shows and help run the group?
  8. What is your phone number?

About me

Hi, I’m Tamara, an improv theatre performer and coach with a home base in Stockholm, Sweden.

I fell in love with improv from the first show I saw in 2007 and have been improvising ever since. I have been trained by International Theater Stockholm, where I have been working as a teacher since 2014.

I am co-founder and teacher of Improv Escape, an improv theatre summercamp for adults that’s all about escaping citylife, improving your improv skills and building friendships with fellow improv enthusiasts.

I am also member and co-founder of the improv ensemble Paraphrase, with which we bring improvised Scandinavian drama to international stages. Paraphrase has played in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Russia.

Workshops

The Protagonist

Suggested length: 1 day / 6 hours

Most stories are told through the character that live them. And so for the audience to care about the story, they need to care about those characters first.

In this workshop you will get the tools to create and support a protagonist that the audience connects with and wants to follow on their adventures. Supported by the ensemble, we will bring life to believable and interesting main characters by showing different facets of their personality and lives. These three-dimensional characters in their turn provide a strong base for the show and will be the source of inspiration from which the narrative will emerge.

Create Your Own World

Suggested length: at least 2 days/ 12 hours, up to a full course.

In improv we have the luxury of turning the stage into whatever we want it to be. We’re not limited by budget for set design and props or by the rules of the physical stage – it’s only the limits of our own imagination that restricts us.

In this workshop we will explore and try out all of the possibilities that the empty stage has to offer. We will run, climb, fly, dangle, play with physical distance and do a lot of spacework. We will explore the world as we know it as well as new worlds in which different rules apply. And through these environments, we will get to know our characters and discover how they act in this world we created and interact with other characters.

We will tap into our own and the audience’s imagination to put together a visually exciting show with nothing more than a few chairs and ourselves on stage.

In this workshop we will move a lot, so make sure to wear clothes that you feel comfortable moving around in.

Resistance Without Conflict

Suggested length: 3 hours


I love stories. I especially love stories where the characters love and support each other and sincerely enjoy each other’s company. Show me characters that care about their friends, family, neighbours or pets and I’ll care about them.

But stories need resistance to be worth telling, right? Yes, I agree that a bit of resistance is the fuel to a good tale. What if we let the audience fall in love with the characters and relationships and have the source of the drama come from something else?

In this workshop we will play characters that deeply care about each other. We’ll play realistic, loving relationships and add details that set these relationships apart. We will then experiment with adding an element of drama or resistance to the story without the relationship being the source of it. What other types of conflict are there? And how does it affect the character and potentially even the relationship.

Learning Bullet Points

  • Playing characters that get along
  • Adding specificty and realism to the relationship
  • Introducing resistance through non-interpersonal conflict
  • Engaging the audience and make them fall in love

Protagonisten

Föreslagen längd: 1 dag/ 6 timmar

De flesta historier berättas genom karaktärerna som de handlar om. För att publiken ska engagera sig i en historia behöver de därför först fånga publiken med din karaktär.

I den här workshoppen får du lära dig att spela protagonister: betydelsefulla och grundade huvudkaraktärer som publiken kan relatera till och sympatisera med under de äventyr som historien för med sig. Du får också lära dig något lika viktigt: hur du som medspelare kan stötta när det är någon annan som spelar huvudrollen.

Vi kommer att öva på hur vi som ensemble kan skapa trovärdiga och intressanta huvudkaraktärer genom att visa upp olika aspekter av deras personligheter och liv. Och hur vi med komplexa och tredimensionella karaktärer får både en stark grund för en föreställning och en inspirationskälla från vilken historien kan växa fram.

Skapa Din Egen Värld

Föreslagen längd: minst 2 dagar/ 12 timmar, upp till en hel kurs.

I improvisationsteater har vi den stora lyxen att kunna förvandla scenrummet till precis vad vi vill att det ska vara. Vi begränsas varken av budget för scenbygge och rekvisita eller av den fysiska scenens restriktioner – det är bara vår egen fantasi som sätter gränserna.

I den här workshoppen kommer vi att utforska de gränslösa möjligheter som en tom scen erbjuder. Vi kommer springa, klättra, flyga, dingla, leka med fysiska avstånd och göra mycket spacework. Vi kommer att utforska både Jorden som vi känner den och skapa nya världar där helt andra regler gäller. Det är genom dessa miljöer som vi lär känna våra karaktärer och upptäcker vi hur de beter sig i den värld som vi har skapat samt hur de interagerar med varandra.

Vi kommer att nyttja vår egen och publikens fantasi och skapa visuellt stimulerande scener med endast våra kroppar och ett par stolar på scenen.

Det här en en workshop med mycket fysisk rörelse så ta med dig bekväma och oömma kläder som du kan röra dig i.

Courses

Narrative Longform

As improvisers we are storytellers creating stories on the spot. In this class you will learn what ingredients are needed to tell captivating tales that will put the audience on the edge of their seats.

You will learn to play engaging heroes, believable villains as well as kick-ass side-characters – characters with clear objectives that the audience cares about.

In this course we will work on storytelling and dramaturgy. You will learn different methods to edit and initiate scenes and learn to time these scenes and edits. You will also get a better understanding of how we as storytellers can build up tension in scenes and in the story until the final climax and how we then wrap everything up into a satisfying ending.

Create Your Own World

In improv we have the luxury of turning the stage into whatever we want it to be. We’re not limited by budget for set design and props or by the rules of the physical stage – it’s only the limits of our own imagination that restricts us.

In this class we will explore and try out all of the possibilities that the empty stage has to offer. We will run, climb, fly, dangle, play with physical distance and do a lot of spacework. We will explore the world as we know it as well as new worlds in which different rules apply. And through these environments, we will get to know our characters and discover how they act in this world we created and interact with other characters.

We will tap into our own and the audience’s imagination to put together a visually exciting show with nothing more than a few chairs and ourselves on stage.

In this course we will move a lot, so make sure to wear clothes that you feel comfortable moving around in.

Narrativ Långform

Improvisatörer är berättare som skapar historier i stunden. I den här kursen kommer du få lära dig vilka ingredienser som behövs för att berätta historier som fascinerar och fängslar publiken från början till slut.

Du kommer att lära dig att spela engagerande hjältar, trovärdiga skurkar och roliga sidokaraktärer – karaktärer som har tydliga mål och drivkrafter och som publiken bryr sig om.

Under kursens gång kommer vi även arbeta med både storytelling och dramaturgisk struktur. Du kommer att få lära dig metoder för att bryta och initiera scener, lära dig timing samt få en djupare förståelse för hur vi som historieberättare kan bygga spänning i enstaka scener och i hela historien.

Målet med kursen är att du ska utveckla din förmåga att bygga spännande historier som når klimax och där du som improvisatör kan knyta ihop historien till ett tillfredsställande slut.

Skapa Din Egen Värld

I improvisationsteater har vi den stora lyxen att kunna förvandla scenrummet till precis vad vi vill att det ska vara. Vi begränsas varken av budget för scenbygge och rekvisita eller av den fysiska scenens restriktioner – det är bara vår egen fantasi som sätter gränserna.

I den här kursen kommer vi att utforska de gränslösa möjligheter som en tom scen erbjuder. Vi kommer springa, klättra, flyga, dingla, leka med fysiska avstånd och göra mycket spacework. Vi kommer att utforska både Jorden som vi känner den och skapa nya världar där helt andra regler gäller. Det är genom dessa miljöer som vi lär känna våra karaktärer och upptäcker vi hur de beter sig i den värld som vi har skapat samt hur de interagerar med varandra.

Vi kommer att nyttja vår egen och publikens fantasi och skapa visuellt stimulerande scener med endast våra kroppar och ett par stolar på scenen.

Det här en en kurs med mycket fysisk rörelse så ta med dig bekväma och oömma kläder som du kan röra dig i.

Testimonials

“I have loved every minute of Tamara’s classes and her teaching – how she so seemingly easy spots what is working and what is not and her suggestions for change that always are so clear and spot on.

I really loved having Tamara as a teacher cause she helped me understand improv more thoroughly – why things work and not. And what we can do to make things better – in a way I haven’t understood before. She gives so much of herself in the teaching process and it has been a pure delight to be guided by her. Feedback from Tamara when improvising always feels so sweet and organic. In the past I have had a tendency to mentally block myself when being corrected on stage – even when someone does so with my best in mind. Feeling vulnerable and not enough – these kinds of feelings. But that never once happened with Tamara as a teacher – I have just felt ‘yes and Aha! – oh! that’s the key.’

Tamara totally changed me, from fearing feedback to loving it with her way of teaching. Thank you!”

Theatre Projects

This part of the website is still under construction. In the meantime, check out my two projects Paraphrase, The Mighty Improv and Improv Escape.