Kiki Hohnen


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About Kiki Hohnen

Kiki has taught improv for over a decade, both as an improv coach to a number of groups, and as a corporate trainer for Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago. Her improv journey began for Kiki in 2004 when an innocent birthday gift of a basic improv course bloomed into a full-on love affair with the art form. She also uses her background as a psychologist to teach applied improv to a range of groups: people with aphasia, increasing their non-verbal communication, children with autism, as a way to help them express themselves. She has worked as a dating coach, drawing on improv exercises to help people be more playful and open in their interactions.

Kiki enjoys using psychological theory to build three dimentional characters, and gets a kick out of watching students bring these characters to life on stage. Kiki performs the Ferocious Four, who improvise action comedies with an all-female cast, and with Themeprov at Amsterdam’s beloved Mezrab venue. She was born in Australia, grew up there, Sri Lanka and Belgium, and has lived for most of her life in Amsterdam.

 

My Workshops:

Do It Again

Friday: 2pm - 5pm

In improv class and rehearsals, we often get feedback after the scene is done, giving us little chance of incoporating the notes immediately. This workshop has you rewind parts of the scene, trying different skills and playing with them immediately to see where they take you. Kiki side-coaches you and helps you break your patterns to help you get the most out of your rehearsal time.

Improv And Psychology

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

This workshop uses three aspects of psychological theory to help deepen your character work: First, we use Leary’s Rose to explore the dynamics of a two-person relationship, simultaneously play with status and connection.It sounds vague, but I promise you it’s a ton of fun! Next, we use the personality traits from the NEO-PI to give you some fun tools to build realistic characters with. Channel your inner neuroticism, or be as agreeable as you can. How self-conscious can you be as a character on stage? The final part of the workshop explores Axis 2 of the DSM – personality. We go through the theory and brainstorm the characters we know from books, film, and tv that fit the various profiles – you’ve seen a lot of them on Game of Thrones. We practice with our own versions of these personalities to explore how we can bring them to life on stage.

(Mostly) Silent Scenes

Sunday: 10am - 1pm

What happens if the first few minutes happen in total silence? Not being able to define the who/what/where verbally forces us to connect in a deeper way and be much more physical on stage. In this workshop we experiment with how long we can stay silent for by relying on our non-verbal skills, on emoting, and on connecting with our fellow players.