Improv Anonymous Featuring Jayme Ramsay

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Improv Anonymous explores the hidden world of shame and how we mere mortals deal with it. Using Interview and Improv as both windows in to and methods for illumination of the dark recesses of our guests’ past humiliation, mortification, and embarrassment, our host, Paul Normandin, together with our live audience, Improv Anonymous will shine some tender light on our guests past discomfort and offer support and hope while finding understanding and unexpected humor.

Director, Kenny Madison, is an Improv actor with over six years of performance and two years of therapy. Kenny knows shame and seeks to challenge our understanding of it pulling from his personal experience in a twelve-step program related to relationships and addiction as well as the influences of comedians like Jimmy Carrane, Paul Gilmartin, and Tig Notaro, who demonstrate the power of melding a comedic tone to serious discussions.

Host, Paul Normandin is the founder of the Improv troupe In Our Prime, a troupe that focuses on real human relationships without fear of the dark places our hearts and minds. Paul has lived a life supporting a close family member with a severe mental illness and is no stranger to the feelings of failure, shame, and stigma associated with a life well examined. Paul is a frequent performer at Austin No Shame Theater where he tells true stories without fear. (Okay, maybe a little fear.)

April's Guest:

April 4th – JAYME RAMSAY grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, before moving to Austin in 2014. After supporting herself as a barista and movie-store clerk, she soon created the B. Iden Payne show Hurly Burly: Unscripted Burlesque Stories, which recently wrapped up its second run at the Institution Theater. Despite her quick rise to success in the improv scene, Ramsey still deals with severe anxiety and has ever since childhood. In order to help deal with her anxiety, Ramsey has adopted many teachings, including that of her primary profession as instructor at the Montessori Center in Hyde Park. These teachings have fed her work and made her driven, but also had its drawbacks. Through whatever she is doing, she attempts to convey one message to everyone—YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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By: The Institution Theater

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