Nicole Ratjen started Improv at an early age at the Canadian Improv games and never stopped. As a clown and improvisor she has has brought her highly physical no-holds barred approach to stages across Canada and throughout Europe and Australia. She is one third of GLB, Berlin’s longest running English-language longform improv team, a co-creator of It's that Time of the Month, an all female monthly improvised show and a founding member of Csz Berlin. She completed her theatrical studies at York University in Toronto and trained at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Her improvised show format called Women on a Mound, created in collaboration with Summer Banks made its debut at the English Theatre Berlin with support from the English Theater Berlin’s LAB series before it was an official selection of the Performing Arts Festival Berlin and presented in Madrid for the MAD Improv Micro Festival. Nicole can currently be seen performing improv in Berlin on any given Friday.
Selected Improv Credits: Pandora Improv Festival Italy, The Expat Expo in Berlin, English Theatre Berlin, The Del Close Marathon in New York, Finland International Improv Festival, Reyjkavik International Improv Festival, Comedy Bar Toronto, Second City Toronto and Obviously Improv Calgary.
WORKSHOPS / WARSZTATY
This workshop focuses on using the tools and techniques of clowning and physical comedy in improvisation to heighten one’s natural sense of play. Establishing and learning the basics of theatrical clowning will improve your sense of listening and level of play in your improv. You will learn to establish a direct and immediate relationship with fellow scene partners and the audience. This class will bring out your playfulness and the joy and freedom of being an idiot.10-14 students, RED TRAIL // SZLAK CZERWONY
ACTING FOR IMPROV
This workshop is committed to bringing you a unique set of techniques that will enhance your improv performances. Learn to emotionally commit, improve your stage presence and make strong grounded choices. Gain the needed tools to amp up and strengthen your comedic performance through acting.10-12 students, RED TRAIL // SZLAK CZERWONY