Hi, my name is Pauline.


I am an international improv teacher, performer and director from France. I’m currently based in Melbourne.

I have performed in 150+ professional theatre shows (Improvisation, clown, mask, contemporary and classical). From 2013 to 2018 I performed in the successful long-form improv show Le Fauteuil with the company Smoking Sofa. I performed as a clown and physical actress in Requiem for 3 years (2015 to 2017). In 2016, I created and directed Le Fauteuil d’orchestre, a musical and improvised show. I taught, directed and performed improv in 15 festivals (NZ Improv Festival 2017, Improvention 2017, Nelson Fringe Festival 2018, Slovenia Kamfest, and festivals in France).

I studied acting for two years at Armel Veilhan’s theatre school in Paris. From 2015, I am mentored by the clown-acrobat Ira Seidenstein (Slava SnowShow, Cirque du soleil, International School for Acting And Creativity in Brisbane). In 2019 I become an official associate of I.S.A.A.C. In France, I am supported by the company Trance Mask France.

Unleash The Beast is my third solo show, after two written ones. After a season in Paris, July 2019, I performed Unleash the Beast at The Butterfly Club in March 2020 just before the lockdown.

«  »There is no doubt that Pauline Calmé‘s solo show that I saw recently in Paris is one of the best improv shows I have ever seen.«  Pauline Calmé is an emerging astute artist/performer/director/teacher »

Dr. Ira Seidenstein, FOUNDER OF International School of Acting And Creativity (AUS)

« The festival was a ‘Pauline Calmé Show’ from the first hour to the last one. Maestra for the second time, a new record ! Bravo ! »

Marc Occipinti – co-director of the festival Les 72h de l’impro de Paris

« … Pauline creates a unique world while co-existing alongside her partner’s worlds. … She has a clear style, she’s spontaneous, and she gives off a positive energy. »

Mark Jane, FOUNDER OF Trance Mask France (FR)

« Calme by name but this high energy, comedic improv performance is the exact opposite with demanding lots of space for movement on and off-stage. »

Sherryn Danaher – Melbourne observer

After 9 years in Paris, I moved to Melbourne. I was lucky enough to perform my solo show just before the pandemic. When COVID-19 changed the game, I created The Joyful School, an online improv and physical theater school. This school started as the smallest improv school in the world, with one student and one teacher.

« Pauline’s engaging delivery of each concept and idea was scaffolded in a way that was achievable, and her exuberant and encouraging manner meant that once Covid 19 rendered face-to-face classes obsolete, I was fortune enough to secure daily improv exercises and lessons online. »

Craig – the very first online student of the joyful school

The Joyful School counts now more than 10 students, provides daily coachings and group sessions, and invites guest teachers!