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Dr. Kory Wallace Mathewson.Kory Mathewson and Blueberry (NewTrail)

Kory Mathewson is a Canadian Comedy Award winning improvisor, producer, and innovative theatre creator currently living in Montreal, Canada. He has worked across North America and Europe. He co-led the symposium “Machines. Perform. Humans.” and presented the work HumanMachine as a featured performance art installation in the exhibit “100 Ways of Thinking” at the Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland. Kory has produced and starred in shows at Fringe Theatre Festivals around the world including Improvised TED Talks alongside Julian Faid, and HumanMachine alongside Piotr Mirowski. Kory developed the first artificial intelligence to perform improvisation alongside. At the forefront of the art form of improvisation, he brings new techniques and formats inspired by his work in cybernetics and artificial intelligence. He improvises with Rapid Fire Theatre and Improbotics.

Artistic Engagements #

  • TEDxRFT – 2014-Present – Improvised TED Talks
  • Improbotics -2017-Present – Improvised Turing Test
  • Rapid Fire Theatre – 2005-Present
  • The Professors – 2018-2020 – Improvised University Course
  • Private Practice (Director) – 2018-2020 – Explorations in Subconsciousness
  • Die Nasty – 2009-2020 – Live Improvised Soap Opera
  • The Professors – Rapid Fire Theatre Saturday Series – Jan/Feb 2020
  • HumanMachine – 2016-2020 – Artificial Intelligence Improvisation
  • Surveil - with Hip.Bang! - 2019
  • Improbotics – Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium – May 2019
  • Improbotics – Festival International de Théâtre d’Improvisation SUBITO! 2019 – Apr 2019
  • Improbotics – Wenlock & Essex pub in Angel, London – Apr 2019
  • Improbotics – DuckDuckGoose – Effra Social Brixton – Apr 2019
  • Improbotics – Thursday Night Lights – Nursery Theatre – Feb 2019
  • Improbotics – Impro Amsterdam – Jan 2019
  • Improbotics – Rapid Fire Theatre Saturday Series. Jan 2019
  • Improbotics – Wenlock & Essex pub in Angel, London. Oct 23 218
  • HumanMachine – “100 Ways of Thinking“, Kunsthalle Zürich. October 2018.
  • HumanMachine – Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2018
  • TEDxRFT – Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2018
  • Red Shirt Diaries – Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2018
  • Improbotics Ltd London – Camden Fringe Festival August 2018
  • Improbotics AB Stockholm – Presens Improkällare – July 2018
  • Improbotics Ltd London – The Carousel at the Nursery Theatre (March 2018)
  • Improbotics Ltd London- Thursday Night Lights at the Nursery - Theatre (June 2018)-
  • Improbotics Ltd London - Classic Andy Robot Improv Party at the Wenlock & Essex Pub (June 2018)
  • Improbotics Inc. Edmonton – Improvaganza June 2018
  • HumanMachine – Brighton Fringe Festival 2018
  • HumanMachine – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017
  • Long Distance Relationship – Multiple Performances– Feb-June 2017
  • OFF BOOK: The Improvised Musical – Edmonton International Fringe – Edmonton, AB 2013 – 2015
  • Die Nasty’s Soapathon (50 Hour Improv Marathon) – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada September 2009 – 2014
  • Out of Bounds Comedy Festival – Austin, Texas, USA 2016
  • Stumptown Improv Festival – Portland, OR USA 2016
  • ImprovBoston Jam –Boston, USA 2016
  • Armando Diaz Experience - Magnet Theatre – New York, USA 2016
  • Junoir Varsity - Magnet Theatre –New York, USA 2016
  • Bad Dog (Toronto) Combustion Festival – Toronto, Canada 2016
  • IGLU Improv Group of Llubjana Special Guest Show – Llubjana, Slovenia 2016
  • London 2016 Improvathon (50 Hour Improv Marathon) The Lost Theatre, London, England, United Kingdom 2016
  • Seattle Festival of Improvised Theatre – Seattle, Washington, USA, February 2016
  • Klondike Melodrama Series at the Capitol Theatre – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2013 – 2015
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival (Director) –Vancouver, British Columbia 2015
  • Montreal Improv Festival – Montreal, Quebec, Canada September 2014
  • Out of Bounds Comedy Festival – Austin, Texas, USA August 2014
  • Bellingham Improv Festival – Bellingham, Washington, USA August 2014
  • Artist in Residence at Curious Comedy Theatre – Portland, Oregon, USA July 2014
  • Rapid Fire Theatre at Outside Joke – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada May 2014
  • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Theatresports Tournament – Vancouver, BC February 2013
  • Dad’s Garage World Domination Improv Festival – Atlanta, Georgia, USA January 2013
  • Die Nasty – 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards – Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 2012
  • Boardwalk Calgary Improv Festival – Calgary, Alberta, Canada September 2012
  • London 2012 Summer Olympics – Alberta Culture Feature Performer - London, England
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival - (Festival Ensemble) – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada February 2012
  • Rapid Fire Theatre Improvaganza Festival - (Festival Ensemble) – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada June 2011
  • Veritas Tassle and the Lie Detectors - Winnipeg Fringe Festival – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada July 2010
  • Impropriety’s Improvathon (48 Hour Improv Marathon) – Liverpool, England September 2011 – 2012
  • London Improvathon (53 Hour Improv Marathon) – London, England September 2009

Select Teaching Engagements #

  • Instructor – Rapid Fire Theatre’s Public Improv Workshops – Edmonton, Canada 2010 – Present
  • Public Workshop Instructor – Improv Group Llubjana (IGLU) – Llubjana, Slovenia May 2016
  • Public Workshop Instructor – C3? Improv Company – London, England, May 2016
  • Festival Instructor – University of Alberta Improv Group – Edmonton, AB, Canada, January 2016
  • Director/Instructor – Vancouver International Improvisation Festival – Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 2015
  • Director/Instructor - Artist in Residence – Curious Comedy Theatre – Portland, Oregon, USA, July 2014
  • Public Workshop Instructor – Outside Joke Improv Company – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, May 2014
  • Workshop Instructor – Impropriety and the Liverpool Improvathon – Liverpool, England, February 2013
  • Instructor – Improv Camp Canada – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, August 2012
  • Instructor – Vancouver International Improvisation Festival – Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 2012
  • Guest Instructor – University of Alberta School of Pharmacy – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2009 – 2010

Select Other Appearances #

  • Improv and AI With Kory Mathewson - Kory Mathewson on What the Job? podcast with Matt Rea, May 2021
  • Real Talk with Ryan Jesperson - Kory Mathewson on Real Talk with Ryan Jesperson, Feb 2021
  • Soapbox Death Race (feat. Julian Faid & Kory Mathewson) - on You’re Welcome Hollywood, Jan 2021
  • Gender Parity in Politics (feat. Lana Cuthbertson and Kory Mathewson) - on Explain it to Jamie, Jan 2019
  • What Is Artificial Intelligence? (feat. Kory Mathewson and Lana Cuthbertson) - on Explain it to Jamie, Dec 2018
  • Kory Mathewson - on Windward, Nov 2018
  • Stop Podcasting Yourself 415 – Kory Mathewson on February 29 2016 with Graham Clark and Dave Shumka (Maximum Fun)
  • Off Menu Podcast Episode 9 – Tipping on February 9 2016
  • CBC’s The Irrelevant Show (contributing writer) – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2011 – 2013, 2016
  • Dirt City: Grime and Punishment – Edmonton Fringe Festival – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada August 2015
  • Stardreamers: Sacrificial Override with Kory Mathewson on November 9 2015 with Curtis Snider and Sean Walker
  • CBC Edmonton AM – Debating Daylight Savings Time on October 20, 2015 with Mark Connolly
  • Ep 76: Forceful Fringe Promo 2015 on August 7 2015
  • TYCHWYE SHORTs #18: Zombie Apocalypse Protocol (Ft. Kory Mathewson) on August 7 2015
  • Rapid Fire Theatre’s Online Video Project (contributing writer) – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2012
  • Lead – Internet Search History Revealed – 2013 Canadian Comedy Award: Best Internet Video
  • APTN’s E-Town (contributing writer) – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2011
  • Principal – FUBAR 2 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2011
  • My Name is Jonas – Edmonton Fringe Festival – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada August 2011
  • My Name is Jonas – NextFest Theatre Festival – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada June 2011

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