My name is Karina, I'm French on my mother's side and Spanish on my father's side.
I consider myself as a slow traveler… I had already the chance to live in Spain, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Portugal and New Zeland … And hope to continue exploring the world and its treasures...

In 2012 after my Master's degree in Marketing I went to Canada for work, and I discovered Improv Theater and fell in love with the practice since then I've played in different improv group in Montréal, Paris  Porto, Auckland. 

I've also done a lot of clown workshops and I've been part of different theatre group in France and Portugal.

I often play the role of MC to bring on stage positive and energetic vibes, with "El Kokonut" special techniques

In 2016 in Chiang Mai - Thailand, I've started my own improv workshops "Free Birds Improv" in order to empower people, mostly expat.

The same year I directed and edited an Improv Movie with students from "Free Birds Improv", you can see it on youtube "What a mess" 

In January 2017, I've organised in Thailand 2-days improv retreat called "The fundamentals of Improv Theatre".

The same year I became a laughter Yoga teacher so I can give LY workshops but also train people to become LY leaders.

In 2018, in Portugal with the association "AJD", I organised Laughter Yoga and Improv Theatre workshops for kids, teenagers, adults, elderly people and also for team building.

I had the original idea to create "Deão Got Talent" to promote Art in rural areas. People registered to share their talent to the community during a show.

Of course, I've done it in Portuguese ;) 

The same year I started my youtube channel "El Kokonut".

January 2019: I recently became a Dancemandala facilitator in Chiang Mai, Thailand, it's a free form movement meditation,that allow people to express themselves freely through movement!

March 2019, new youtube channel "Qi & Karina speak Chinese and French.

May 2019- Auckland Comedy Festival - SPANGLISH- Stand-up in Spanish

May 2019 - NOW Comedy Club- Raw Mondays- Stand-up in English

March 2020- Auckland Fringe Festival - THE WALL- Babel production -Role of Frantic woman.

So in my backpack I carry different facet of myself as an actress, improv theatre artist, laughter yoga, DanceMandala, Improv Theatre facilitator, writer, filmmaker, dancer… and I'm also a determined and sensitive person, a snorkelling lover, I enjoy spontaneity and being surprised by myself and others, artistic challenges… and I LOVE holding space for others to release, explore, be themselves, have fun…


I hope to work, create, explore, have fun... soon with you!



Love and Laugh!

El kokonut.


Maxime is a dedicated actor to his craft, with a gift for

taking on challenging roles. He enjoys improvisation as

much as theatre performance.

He has studied acting with Sioux Smith, and more recently

with the talented actor and mentor Joseph Wycoff. His

recent theatre experience includes some diverse roles in

"Plénitude Amnésique" a French play as part of the

Auckland International Theatre Festival in 2018,

Accomodations with TheatreWorks in April last year and

more recently several stand up shows with the French

Comedy Night troupe.

Maxime's other many varied creative talents include

musician, photographer, videographer and sound editor.

© 2019 ElKokonut Proudly created by myself with love.

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