Image from Screamplay by Lee Pullen
As an artist I work with shared truth and autobiography to create theatre and improvised theatre with a sense of nostalgia that asks how perspective has changed us.
Katy Schutte is one of the UK's original long form improvisers. She performs and teaches all over the world, is Head Teacher and Course Designer for Hoopla (the UK's largest improv school), was Co-Founder/Director at the International Improv Station and has been one of The Maydays since their founding year in 2004 with stints as Director and Artistic Director. She 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. Katy trained at Second City and iO Chicago and with teachers from the Annoyance, UCB, Groundlings, The Magnet and lots of other places.
Katy also plays in slow burn longform show Katy and Rach, has toured with Fluxx, improvised musicals with Music Box, The Maydays and Baby Wants Candy, co-created the Destination podcast and has guested in countless shows including Messing with a Friend, Criminal, The Playground, the London and Liverpool Improvathons, Grand Theft Impro, Séance Fiction, Whirled News Tonight and The Armando Diaz Experience.
Along with Chris Mead and Tony Harris, she was in the first ever improv show in Virtual Reality and continues to work on the bleeding edge of technology in The Galaxicle Implosions. She has performed in Hoopla's Saturday night shows Tightrope and Speechless, the West End show Yes Queens and toured festivals with WrongCom. Katy is thrilled to be a team member of London queer improv group Hell Yeah! and hip hop improv team Track 96.
Katy is a Funny Women finalist and both nominee and winner of the Brighton Festival Fringe Best Comedy Show award. She starred in online educational series History Bombs which won a BAFTA and in Project2's Thirteen Cycles which was a finalist in the Theatre and Technology Awards 2019.
Sketch Comedy & Writing
For two years, Katy performed with and wrote for Brighton sketch satire company the Treason Show. In 2011 she wrote and performed with Fringe First winner and Perrier nominee NewsRevue at the Canal Cafe Theatre. As above, she has performed in educational comedy shorts with History Bombs. Katy is a contributing writer for the popular card game Cards Against Humanity and co-executive producer/writer/performer on indie series Sideliners. She was co-writer and dramaturg for the Transportalists project in association with Storyfutures and CreativeXR designing a new work that is part AR, part theatre and part concert. She is now working with Flipside and Fandco on The Galaxicle Implosions live, streaming and in VR.
Theatre (Acting, Writing, Directing)
In 2012 & 13 Katy co-created and directed The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike starring Fringe First winner Laura Mugridge. She also made three interactive audio shows with Tony Harris for The Campsite at the Ipswich Pulse Festival, the Natural History Museum and with Curating Cambridge. Katy performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 & 2014 with her first musical Who Ya Gonna Call? which received rave reviews and left standing room only. She penned I Have an Idea for a Film and award-nominated stand-up and storytelling show Schutte the Unromantic. Katy toured her acclaimed semi-immersive folk horror play Let's Summon Demons which included the Roundhouse Roundabout. She regularly performs in nerdgasm Knightmare Live and The Maydays' international hit improv show Happily Never After. Katy worked with The Old Market, Make Real and Damien Goodwin on AR/VR/immersive show The Time Machine, and starred in Cast Iron Theatre's One Woman Alien. She is currently working on a new scripted show with Omnibus Theatre and a new improvised show - Screamplay - with Bristol Improv Theatre. She also performs in many of the improv and written projects as listed above.
Katy acts in TV and online ads for brands such as Giffgaff, Beechams, Barclays, 118 Money, Lidl, Nandos, British Heart Foundation, Austria.info and BT Sport.