Improv Tip #138 – Silence (w/ Kat Kenny) (2020)

Improv, Improv Comedy, Improvisation – whatever you call it, we’re here to help. In this week’s improv tip, veteran teacher and improviser Paul Vaillancourt brings you guest tipper Kat Kenny talking about the use of silence in improv. She pulls together a bunch of ideas and really shows many facets of this great, but under-used, tool. Whether you’re doing improv comedy, playing improv games, using improv in your acting classes, or expressing yourself with some other kind of improvisation, you are going to love this tip.

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Paul Vaillancourt is the author of “The Triangle of the Scene”.
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Kat teaches classes at actors rep theatre & upcoming Virtual classes are found at

Kat is also currently offering virtual private sessions in improv & acting as well as hosting improv game parties for families & friends. People can message, DM, or email her ( for details or to schedule a session/party. She’s also offering a pay what you can improv drop-in starting around mid-June. Details for drop-ins on Kat Kenny improv pages as well.

KATHLEEN (KAT) KENNY is a self-employed teaching artist and the Improv Director & Education Director at Bob Carter’s Actor’s Rep in West Palm Beach, FL where she’s been teaching short-form and long-form improvisation to improvisers of all levels and all ages for the past 10 years as well as acting/audition preparation for over 15 years. She currently plays with multiple improv teams and also has her lotto show Get Lucky with Kat. She often guests with local improv teams and loves doing as many fests as time allows.

She received her B.F.A. in acting from the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah and is a graduate of the UCB Training Center in NYC.  She also studied with Charna Halpern, Tara Defrancisco & Jason Shotts when she took the I.O Intensives in Miami. She has had multiple classes with Susan Messing, David Razowsky, and Joe Bill as well as workshops with many other improvisers who excel at their craft.

She coaches many local improv teams and is proud to have performed and taught workshops at the numerous festivals in the state of Florida as well as the Improv U Improv Cruise and the Skyline Improv Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kat has also worked with Arts 4 All of Palm Beach County for over 10 years teaching acting, improv, and musical theatre to differently-abled people of all ages.

Kat is so happy that she’s able to do what she does for a living.  Not only because it brings her great joy but because she’s not sure she’d be very good at anything else. 

Opening Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (…)


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