Aree Witoelar. Scientist. Improviser.
 

Hi there! I'm an improv director, performer and teacher for over 14 years.

 
 
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About

Director.
I am the founder and artistic director of Impro Neuf International (INI) - Oslo’s first English improv comedy theatre. It is now Norway’s biggest improv community with over 500 enthusiasts from over 50 countries. Together with Impro Neuf, we are powering Oslo’s rising improv scene.

Performer.
I have been honing the craft of improv since 2005, performing in the Netherlands with House of Mangoes, EQD and Stranger Things Have Happened. I am now playing in Norway in The Improv Speakeasy and other fun projects (Monosodium Glutamates, Fatman & Robin) as well as touring Denmark, Canada, Romania and USA. I cut my tooth performing in nice theatres and curious places, including frathouses, dark alleys, a courthouse, a farm and a Glühwein stand.

Teacher.
In Oslo I kickstarted an international improv community, where I am teaching and developing a curriculum for beginner, intermediate and masterclasses. I’m very proud that my first generations of students are now improv teachers, passing on the knowledge and traditions of Keith Johnstone and Del Close.

Nerd.
I am also a science teacher in the university with a Ph.D. degree in physics - which explains my overuse of science references, or why I get overexcited when you suggest Black Hole. I muse about improv a lot. Here’s my blog inspired by Impro Neuf: On Cloud Nine.

 

Teaching

I love, love, love teaching improv. I believe every improviser is their own special blend. My teaching philosophy therefore is to help players find that improv that brings joy, and then make bold choices within that style. See testimonials. I’m fascinated by the many ways to do improv from different schools of thoughts. I am honored to have studied from the masters:

  • Jay Sukow, Anděl Sudik (Second City)

  • Will Hines, Amanda Blake Davis, Jon Lutz (UCB)

  • Craig Cackowski, Craig Uhlir, Tara DeFrancisco, Stacey Smith, Jason Shotts (iO)

  • T.J. Mannix (Magnet)

  • Katy Schutte, Chris Mead (Maydays)

  • Adam Cawley, Rob Norman (Second City Toronto)

  • Tim Orr, Rafe Chase, Regina Saisi (BATS)

  • Lolu Ajayi (Boom Chicago)

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Workshops

I can teach a variety of topics personalized for you. Most workshops are designed for 2 days (8 hours), but they can be condensed down to 3 hours. Here are a few workshops I have given in the past.

 
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Testimonials

Aree loves improv and it shows, not only on stage but in his everyday life. He is an improv triple threat: great performer, great teacher, great person. He is equally talented in both performing and teaching the art form, which he has done all around the world. “Improv Neuf loves you” and improv loves Aree! I’m a huge fan of this man. Simply, the best!
— Jay Sukow, Second City, USA / Improv Comedy Copenhagen, Denmark
What Aree has brought to our organisation specifically and the improv society in Oslo in general can not be understated. He has singlehandedly built a community of international improvisers in Oslo that continues to generate new teams and great improv on a weekly basis. Personally, I am a better improviser for working and playing with him. His joy is infectious, and we who get to work with him on stage and in workshops are richer for it.
— Sverre Breian, co-founder of Impro Neuf
Aree’s two-prov masterclass is one of the best improv workshops I’ve been to. He prepares thoroughly, gives excellent challenges and feedback, and builds up your speciality. Aree’s one of the most knowledgeable, dedicated improv mentors in Norway and is the icon of the international improv community in Oslo.
— Annika Herrestad, Arnika, Norway
Aree has lovingly earned the nickname of godfather in the improv community - and surely part of this is a reflection on his status as a long-serving, experienced and constant improviser and teacher. But he also brings with him a sense of calm and purpose that puts people immediately at ease. He’s precise, almost unnervingly so, he’s incredibly observant, and immensely lovable. I’ve worked with dozens of teachers throughout the years - Aree is the kind of teacher you meet once and then want to work with again and again.
— Thomas Mook, Stranger Things Have Happened, Netherlands
Aree is an upper class, top shelf improv teacher, a true powerhouse of creative knowhow, with the wisdom of how to communicate and encourage on a deep level. I have been fortunate to learn from Aree’s bold teaching in various improv-Groups, duos and also individual learning and feedback. I feel truly SEEN, both as a human being and a improviser, and will recommend EVERYONE to take his workshops!
— Øyvind Bedringås, Level 2 student, Norway

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