Has your mind ever gone blank during a musical improv moment? In this virtual drop-in Velvet Wells shares some of his self-kind tricks to overcoming a mental block.
Velvet Wells is a Black, autistic, queer, velvet voiced entertainer and facilitator from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Velvet has facilitated in-person workshops for Toronto Theatresports (Toronto), Theatre on the Edge (Waterloo) and Black and Funny Festival (Minneapolis). When the pandemic closed theatres, he started offering independent workshops online.
Velvet is a graduate of the Second City Toronto Training Centre (Musical Improvisation Conservatory), and The Improv Place (Masterclass in Teaching). Velvet has trained with many international improvisers including Katy Schutte and Chris Mead, John Gebretatose, Ken Hall, Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto, Natasha Boomer, Patti Styles, and Mick Napier.
Velvet is the creator of three successful online shows: “Y’Up” international improv if y’up for it, (duo, BIPOC), “Crooner” a live improvised album based on audience song titles, (solo, music), and “Crushin It” (group, music). He is a member of The Dandies (fandom narrative), OverDude (rock’n’roll), and the International Players Club (#BlackJoy).
In addition to improv festivals in Toronto, Velvet performed at Maryland Improv Collective (2020), Pack Theater’s Juneteenth Fundraiser (2020), and HUGE Theater’s Black and Funny Festival (2020, 2019).