Tobias Rosén and the Genius of Collaboration

On August 18, CreativeMornings Gothenburg is back for the fall season. Terese Mörtvik caught up with August’s speaker Tobias Rosén, for a quick interview.

Hi Tobias, we’re so happy to have you back at CreativeMornings!
Could you tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

I thought I had found my way with my guitar and that music was my thing, and in a sense, it was. I gave up the idea of becoming a musician and focused on becoming a musical artist instead. It didn’t really end up that way either, but life takes you in different directions.
Today I’m one of three owners of Improverket, an improv theater, and also co-owner of one of the most exciting theaters in Gothenburg: Kvartersscenen 2Lång.
I’ve been working as an actor and improviser for almost 11 years now, and I also work as a hospital clown and have been doing that for 10 years. I teach improv and clowning at 2lång Theater School and at The Ballet Academy in Gothenburg.

Who’s your favorite genius?
My favorite genius is without question my kid, Sigge. He is 5 years old and a big inspiration to me. I can’t stop wondering where they get everything from.

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
When me and my wife decided to have a kid, of course.
And when we, with our own hands and no experience of building, a lot of ideas, and small financial resources, built and started up our own theater—Kvartersscenen 2Lång.

How did you remember so many facts to put into Anya rides a horse?
I don’t really know. I have been doing this so many years, it’s so natural for me.
But it’s a lot about listening and not thinking too much.

Why do you do improvisation?
Because it gives me a rush not to know what will happen next. I love to play script theater as well, but there’s something about getting the inspiration from the audience and with your colleagues try to form it to something “real”.

Do you have some advice for people who suffer from stage fright?
It might sound like a cliché, but believe in yourself and don’t try to be interesting, just be yourself, you are good as you are. But don’t forget to challenge your comfort zones. We are capable of so much, if we can just put our ideas and values about ourselves aside.

Where do you look to for inspiration?
Everywhere. In the news, television, films, and pictures. By looking at people, in busses, in trams, at town, in pubs or restaurants or other public places. (I’m not a creep, I promise.) 🙂
By playing with my kid and his friends, and also by just talking and listening to them. Everything is an inspiration!

Is the sum greater than its parts?
No, everything is just as important!

What’s the most clever thing you’ve ever read or heard?
The most clever…. that’s hard, but this is one I like:
“None of us really grow up. All we ever do is learn how to behave in public.” —Keith Johnstone

Thank you, Tobias Rosén. We’re looking forward to your talk on the 18th!

Interview by Terese Mörtvik


Tickets are live as of August 14:
https://creativemornings.com/talks/improverket

>> Improverket’s website:
http://www.improverket.se/

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