KATHARINA ("KAT") ROTHE
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN IMPROV?
I was born in Hamburg, Germany many years ago ... and I actually started to improv that very day ... Basically, having left the security of the womb and finding ourselves seriously dependent upon communicating with other people in order to survive - and quoting Tom - "There is not a moment in life that we don’t improvise." Put more existentially, the human condition is the unspoken creator of improv.
WHO WERE YOUR ACTING/IMPROV INFLUENCES, ROLE MODELS?
Well, actresses I love are Diane Keaton, Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Streep.
Personally, I have been influenced by Jessica Brands and Martina Kock in Bremen, Germany.
WHO WERE YOUR TEACHERS?
I feel I should start with the most recent one, Tom Soter, since all of the other names are probably unknown in this country. But here they are: Jana Köckeritz, Frank Stuckenbrock, Roland Huus, Holger Möller.
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF PERFORMING?
What I love most is responding on the spot to other people’s ideas and ways of interacting. Being a psychologist, I do that all the time – but on stage the advantage is that I can use free association without the restrictions towards actually acting on impulses.
DETAIL, CHRONOLOGICALLY, YOUR IMPROV RESUME/CAREER?
I started playing in a theatre group in Bremen, Germany, directed by Roland Huus & Holger Möller. Improv used to be a major warming up method until one of the actors started to perform with an improv group and inspired me to join in 2003. In 2004, a few of us started our own group, Expresso, and performed once a month as Midnight-Improv on the stage of the “Schauburg” in Bremen.
In 2007, I moved to Leipzig, where I became part of the local improv group “All Inclusive” until moving to New York in 2011.
WHAT DO YOU GET FROM DOING SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV? IS IT FUN?
I love Sunday Night Improv and am very happy about having discovered this place!
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST CHALLENGING IMPROV MOMENT?
We were performing for a sports club, which meant basically for a bunch of drunk teenagers who at one point transformed the usual countdown for scenes – in Germany we do a countdown starting each scene – into "3, 2, 1 – FICKEN! [f-ck]"
DONE ANY WORK IN TV? FILMS? SCRIPTED THEATER?
Scripted Theater with the Theaterwerkstatt der Hochschule Bremen, Germany directed by Roland Huus & Holger Möller:
2004:Kafka, Paella con Sauerkrau
2005: Angedockt (Docked)
2006: Wenn der Wolf lacht (The Wolf Laughing)
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO GO WITH THIS?
I want to keep performing and hope to be getting the chance to work with even more of these wonderful and exciting people here!
SEE KAT PERFORM AT SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV ON SUNDAY, MAY 5!