The International Ensembles are an opportunity for our festival to host the worlds top improvisational talent. Bravo Ensemble is stacked with great performers from all over the world and will be directed by Kaisa Kokko and John Gebretatose.
John has trained at HUGE Improv Theater and now enjoys working as an instructor at HUGE. He trained and worked at Brave New Workshop.
He has performed stand-up comedy in the Twin Cities for over nine years. He is currently part of one of the hottest new improv groups, Blackout, and also a founding member of Late Nights Minneapolis With Joe Rapp.
John has taught improv workshops internationally, coached improv groups and currently teaches at HUGE in addition to heading up diversity and inclusion programs.
He is the founder and creator of the Black and Funny Improv Festival as well as the Twin Cities chapter of Our Cities on Our Stages.
Kaisa, an improviser, instructor and communication skills teacher, has learned, performed and taught improvised theater for more than 12 years and has more than 20 years of experience in scripted theatre. She has had the pleasure of teaching and performing improv in the United States, Peru, Costa Rica and all over Europe. Kaisa is the co-founder of Finland’s first Finnish Improv Training Center ImproKampus and the co-artistic director of two theaters, JOO! and KujeImpro. Kaisa has taught improv for kids, teenagers and adults from different fields of life. She also does a lot work in the field of applied improvisation and communication skills.
Kaisa specializes in deep and meaningful connections, relationship based grounded scene work and musical improvisation. Kaisa has studied at the iO Chicago, Unexpected Productions in Seattle and under many great improv teachers all over the world. Kaisa firmly believes in the strengthening power of improv and is thrilled to be part of something that will – little by little – change the world!