Hugging the Cactus

Jaklene Vukasinovic (Aus)

This workshop encourages participants to face - and embrace - two of their greatest fears: the things they “always do wrong”, and the things they’re afraid to do.

In the first part of the workshop, players will experiment with their existing tics and habits, and explore how we can magnify them to create wild, outrageous characters the like they may never have seen or played before. In the second part, we’ll look at how we can go about identifying, facing, and playing with the themes and characters that scare us, with the aim of decreasing the genuine fear we feel, and setting us free to engage with these concepts as performers.

Jaklene Vukasinovic

Jaklene Vukasinovic

Jaklene Vukasinovic is a performer, producer and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. She began improvising in 2006 at the University of Melbourne with student collective Off The Cuff. Jaklene trains and performs regularly with Impro Melbourne and The Big Hoo-Haa, and has taught impro in high schools, universities, and festivals. She has performed numerous times at Australia’s Improvention since 2012. She founded First Draft Theatre in 2013, creating and producing the formats #hashtag (2014) and A Butterfly Effect (2015) for Adelaide Fringe.