Laura Doorneweerd



Laura picks brains of improvisers from all over the world. Laura herself is an Amsterdam-based improv trainer & actress. See


  • How to get more movement in your (online) class

    10/04/2021 Duración: 14min

    Hey, I know. Getting your improv students to move

  • How I stay sane & confident in challenging times

    25/03/2021 Duración: 14min

    Yes, I definitely also am tired of the pandemic. That is why I am sharing with you different ways how I stay sane, and how I work on my confidence. Because standing still is not really my thing. Was this podcast useful to you? Share it with a friend. Go to to get all the links I talked about.

  • How to teach improv in English (as a non-native English speaker)

    19/03/2021 Duración: 12min

    Do you ever worry about teaching in English (as a non-native English speaker)?

  • How to come up with a warmup for your workshop

    12/03/2021 Duración: 11min

    Is it better to play ridiculous failing games as a warmup? Or do complex musical scales? In this lesson, I am sharing with you 3 angles to find the perfect warmup for your workshop. And I am giving a few examples for each of them. This is especially great if you find it hard to make up your own exercises or feel like you don't know enough exercises. ⮕ If you are still unsure which topic to teach in the first place, check out my free workbook ⮕ Or join me for a live Zoom session on 'Finding your topic': Tuesday 16th of March, 20:00 CET (DM me, and I will send you the Zoom link) ⮕ You can buy my ready-to-use workshop plan from March 14th on. Get reminded by subscribing to Laura's Letters on Improv:

  • How do I know if students are liking my class?

    04/03/2021 Duración: 08min

    Whether you are a beginning teacher, or already more advanced, it can be difficult to know: are my students even liking this? I am sharing 3 memories from my teaching career (all the way back to 2008!) of me not being sure whether students were liking it. And how I discovered that they did.

  • How I helped these 3 improvisers when they said ‘I have nothing to teach'

    26/02/2021 Duración: 12min

    In this lesson I will share 3 examples of improvisers thinking ‘I have nothing to teach…’ and what I have told them. These 3 reasons were mentioned: I am not a full-time improviser. I am not as funny/fast/loud. I always play [something else]. I am not good at one thing. I am a bit of everything. Let me explain to you how your 'weakness' is your superpower. I have a blog full of exercises, tips and free downloads for improvisers and improv teachers: Curious about the improv teachers course?

  • Ohana Improv Podcast 6 - Interview with Sue Walden by Laura Doorneweerd

    12/05/2016 Duración: 57min

    An interview with Sue Walden by Laura Doorneweerd. See the show notes on In this interview we talk about: - how working with a partner has kick started her career; - what obstacles she has overcome; - what she did when she got ‘a little tiny bit bored’; and much, much more.

  • Ohana Improv Podcast 5 - Interview with Sarah Michaelson by Laura Doorneweerd

    06/03/2016 Duración: 44min

    An interview with Sarah Michaelson by Laura Doorneweerd. See the show notes on Yes, an anniversary! It's the 5th episode already of the Ohana Improv Podcast. What better way to celebrate than with music! I spoke to Sarah Michaelson, a.k.a. DJ Mama Cutsworth about dancing, improv and music. So basically: everything that makes life good. In the interview we talk about: – her role as a music improviser; – how Speechless started (with a great anecdote from their first rehearsal); – advice for other music improvisers; – how she warms up (which is a little different); and much, much more.

  • Ohana Improv Podcast 4 - Interview Amir Atsmon by Laura Doorneweerd

    23/12/2015 Duración: 51min

    An interview with Amir Atsmon by Laura Doorneweerd. See the show notes on

  • Ohana Improv Podcast 3 - Interview Patti Stiles by Laura Doorneweerd

    11/11/2015 Duración: 01h10min

    An interview with Patti Stiles by Laura Doorneweerd. See the show notes on

  • Ohana Improv Podcast 2 - Matt Schuurman interview by Laura Doorneweerd

    10/08/2015 Duración: 56min

    An interview with Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre Matt Schuurman. Interviewer: Laura Doorneweerd

  • Ohana Improv Podcast 1 - Tim Orr interview by Laura Doorneweerd

    13/07/2015 Duración: 35min

    An interview with improviser and trainer Tim Orr from San Francisco. Interviewer: Laura Doorneweerd See the shownotes on