Gian van Grunsven
  • Female
  • Amsterdam / New York
  • Netherlands
  • theater, festivals,…

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Where do you live and work? (City)
Professional Skills
- Creating concepts for events/ festivals/ shows
- Experienced as presenter, interviewer, coach and teacher
- Broad network of artists to co-operate with
- Personal qualities: enthusiasm, go-getter and positive spirit + creative, energetic and idealistic
- Wide interest, socially engaged and knowledge of cultural, philosophical and topical issues
What is your main interest in this network?
Education, Social, Networking, Finding Partnerships, Improv Resources, Looking for a soul-mate
What kind of person are you?
What kinds of improv-related services are you involved in?
Teambuilding, Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Stress, Life Skills, Character Development
Any niche industries, skills, etc?
theater, festivals, interdisciplinairy projects and: education!
Share a favorite 'improv epiphany'
Say Yes to the Unusual.
More about you: (Short Bio or any other details you'd like people to know)
“Being a curious and energetic person, as a fulltime freelancer, and without any doubt also in the spirit of the age, my ‘profession’ concerns a broad range of activities. “I create concepts for challenging and inspiring encounters (talk shows, interactive performances and events), which I often host, perform and coach too” would be my vague but most suitable elevator-pitch.

However, over the last years – and perhaps over my whole but brief life – certain themes and interests start to stand out to which most of my choices and acts seem related.

These would be:

g athering > There is a basic instinct in me that always wants to bring people together. Especially people from different backgrounds, who would usually not meet. This not only comes into picture at private parties, but all projects I initiated over the last year were based on the idea of gathering people (artists, scientists, citizens) and get them connected.

i mprovisation > If I had to sacrifice my life for one philosophy, it would be the optimistic life approach of improvisation: by accepting what’s given and building upon it, by saying Yes to someone else offer and giving something back, by learning to follow your own impulses and building on relationships of trust, we could enjoy a highly creative, cooperative and spontaneous life style. Besides, practicing improvisation encourages the best (and hardest) of its philosophy: don’t try to control, just (re)act. Amen.

a nalysis > I was a philosophical child. “Could it be that we are just particles of a rabbit’s hair, and we are only the smallest bit of an enormous universe, and just no one realizes that”, I wondered as a 7-year old while playing chess with my dad. My dad was proud. He didn’t know that a few years later I would suspect him for being a well-trained actor, scripting my life. Since then I have always been particulary interested in patterns in human behaviour. During both my Bachelor (BA) as my Master (MA) I designed an interdisciplinairy program of philosophy, cultural theory and performance studies to keep on connecting and questioning the force and meaning of daily life. Although graduated, I still continue wondering, reading and writing.

n ew york > I am sure that I was not the only 21year old who woke up with the clear conviction: I have to go to New York. Although never been there, I felt it would inspire me. I can advise everyone with such an intuition to just follow it. The next day I googled some theaters, the next month I got accepted to do an internship at the All Stars Project in NYC – an idealistic and unique organisation that promotes and practices theater as developmental tool. Except their influence on my beliefs, I got attached to New York. I find my inspiration by the improvisation courses I follow here. And her streetview still makes me sigh”

Formally I am a freelance dramaturg, presentor, improviser and concept-creator, currently based in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
I need help with...
...finding inspiring, energetic partners to develop refreshing and inspiring programs and events, based on improv mindset and philosophy
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Latest Activity

Gian van Grunsven replied to Gian van Grunsven's discussion Dutch Improv Radio Show hits NYC - soon in The PIT: ImprovFM! in the group New York Regional AIN
"Thanks Zohar, looking forward meeting you! If you know any musicians, let me know. Otherwise, enjoy being audience :) Tickets on sale here! "
Mar 8, 2013
Zohar Adner replied to Gian van Grunsven's discussion Dutch Improv Radio Show hits NYC - soon in The PIT: ImprovFM! in the group New York Regional AIN
"Looks great! I'll be there. Let me know if you need any help."
Feb 25, 2013
Gian van Grunsven added a discussion to the group New York Regional AIN

Dutch Improv Radio Show hits NYC - soon in The PIT: ImprovFM!

Dear fellow improv teachers and performers,Back in Amsterdam I developed an improv format on the radio: ImprovFM. ImprovFM is meant to challenge inspiring ideas - by interviewing fictional experts, artists and idealists.Now I'm invited to perform the radio show in front of live audience at the Peoples Improv Theater, sunday March 10th and 17th. I guess it will be mostly entertaining and hardcore improve (in stead of 'applied') but I'd love to invite you and meet you after the show!All my best,…See More
Feb 25, 2013
Gian van Grunsven is now a member of The Applied Improvisation Network
Jan 10, 2011

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