Our YesGuest for November 2nd-3rd is Kiva Murphy from Barcelona, Spain!
Kiva Murphy is an Irish/ French actress who arrived to the wonderful city of Barcelona a little over 5 years ago kind of by accident. She got her first taste of improv as a teenager when she was training as an actress in The Gaiety School of acting. Once she began studying Theatre and Film in Trinity College she realised that she didn’t want to be so serious and switched to the world of comedy and clowning.
Since then she hasn’t looked back and trained at the prestigious physical theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has been lucky enough to work with some of the most incredible clown, physical theatre and improv teachers from all over the world.
Kiva divides her time between Barcelona and performing her comedy and stand up shows around the globe, setting up her theatre company No Guilty Bones and touring her devised work to wherever will give her a stage for the night. Kiva got involved with BIG SI back in 2017 and since then has been leading workshops and integrating herself in the amazing improvisation community in Barcelona and has become one of their most sought after teachers.
Kiva’s teaching style is wacky, energetic, informative and very hands on. She likes to find the best in each person, allowing them to let go of their inhibitions and really play. The main thing that clowning and improv have in common is being in the moment. Once you realise that you can use your own physicality, the space, objects and your scene partners as inspiration, the pressure is off and you can really enjoy being on stage.
When you allow yourself to be present and get rid of the pressure of ‘I have to be funny’ then that’s when the magic happens.