Well, it was the year 2004 and I had found my way to the Gothenburg Student Theater where I met a few other impro enthusiasts and together we started an impro group. We took turns leading the group and I was one of the members who frequently took responsibility for our rehearsals. I was also one of a handful of members that wanted to perform regular impro shows for an audience, so we started a theatersports group named Rattle.
With Rattle we made a name for ourselves in the Gothenburg impro community through our unrelenting positive energy on stage and through winning theatersports competitions in the region. Rattle had many homes over the years: Café Kom, Mitt Andra Hem, Folkteatern and we did many guest appearances on other impro scenes and in stand-up clubs in Gothenburg and neighboring cities. It was during this time I also got to know other improvisers in the city and met the members of Gbgimpro.
For many years I was a regular at Gbgimpro’s After Work Impro (still running, the last Friday every month, come and play with us like I did!). The members of Gbgimpro became my friends, I competed in Improvision Song Contest and won the Impro Championship that were both arranged by Gbgimpro. In 2012 I was recruited to their ensemble, quickly started to substitute for the workshop teachers and soon after I taught my own workshops. I have now taught every level of impro that we offer classes in, from beginner (including beginner classes in musical impro) to Masterclass. I have also taught Gbgimpros first impro class in English. I also perform and teach abroad and in festivals when possible.
During all my years as an improviser I have of course spent an immense amount of time educating myself in the art form by studying all kinds of impro and theater literature, playing as many different shows as possible and seeing other improviser’s shows. I’ve also taken maaaany impro classes and workshops for several different impro and theater teachers, both in Sweden and abroad.
Some of the people that have helped shape me into the improviser I am today are: Shawn Kinley, Marvin Yxner, Pelle Öhlund, Randy Dixon, Beto Urrea, Lee White, Nadine Antler, Beatrix Brunschko, Joe Bill, Jason Schotts, Inbal Lori, Jason Geary, Missie Peters och Anders Fors. But the list grows every month and minute…
To live as an improviser is a constant process of evolving and every single improviser I meet, share the stage with and/or teach contributes to inspire and push me. Thanks to all of you, and see you on the stage!