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Guest Workshop: The Gender Laboratory

Research shows that an average woman speaks approximately 20,000 words a day, while a man speaks only 7000.

Since childhood, we are programmed by society to think of gender in a certain way – boys should wear blue and be powerful, while girls should wear pink and be gentle. As we progress in time, we start breaking these patterns. But they are more profound than we think.

In order to break them completely, we must know the history of gender roles and challenge ourselves not to take the beliefs we were raised on for granted. This workshop aims to do exactly that.

We will dive into gender theory and history before challenging ourselves to play the opposite sex on stage without judgment. We will then challenge ourselves to play scenes without ANY gender presumptions at all.

The laboratory’s goal is to make us see the world through different gender glasses. The workshop works best with an equal number of men and women.

This is an all levels-workshop. To register, you should have minimum 20 hours of improv experience and instruction (Intro to Improv Part 1 & 2 or equivalent). Contact jess@kinkonauts.com if you have questions about your level.

Taught by Hila Di Castro

I am an actress, improviser and teacher based in Israel. Since graduating from Acting Studio in 2002, I have acted in diverse theater, film and television productions in Israel (including one super cool horror movie).

Upon discovering the world of improvisation in 2005, I have performed with several improv groups: Improline, komikaza, provisori and an all-woman ensemble named Anna’s Friends.

I am a member and a co-artistic director of LAMABATI, one of the leading improv groups in Israel. We perform throughout Israel and festivals all over the world.

I perform, teach and instruct improv around the world, including festivals (FiiF2016, Tilt2016, THE BIG IF 2018) and private groups (Belgium, Germany, Latvia and more). I also officiated improv competitions in Israel, including Israel’s 2015 National Improv Championship.

I teach acting and improvisation since 2010. My teaching spans acting schools, high schools, private groups and a theatre school for orthodox Jews. I also coach several improv troupes, including an all-orthodox women’s group.

I am the co-founder and the artistic director of “20,000 Words”, an improv performance and workshop that teaches and discusses gender equality throughout Israel.

I am an actress and trainer at D-Theatro, a company that utilizes theatre and improv mediums to provide indoor training and coaching workshops to diverse organizations, with the goal of enhancing inter-personal communication and soft skills. I am the artistic director of “Not Just for Actors”, an improvised performance created by D-Theatro, which takes audience participation to the limit.


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September 22
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$35 – $40
The Kinkonauts
The Rose Room
922 9 Ave SE
Calgary, T2G 0S4 Canada
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