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Welcome to The Improvisation School site…

The Improvisation School is a seed that is growing day by day. This site is a little taste of where things are going. And while it’s not finished by any of the stretch of the imagination, it represents what we hope will be a great adventure for many many students. As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was about to happen. – Winnie the Pooh If you see things that seem off Read more…

WEE WISDOM

WEE WISDOMS reMemBEr, Yor pERFekt hi my nam iz JONAH i think i lernd sumthn in my long 2 weeks on Erth.  I am a new improoviser. Wen i wuz yunger i herd the big person say. “he’s a purfect improooviser. he has no script. he duz what he needz to do” tha onlee thing is — I nevr LERND improoovising.  that maks me theenk that big people forget improoovising. you don’t need to LERN Read more…

LEFT OR RIGHT – a game of choices

LEFT or RIGHT GAME: LEFT or RIGHT  – A Game of Choices Delaying your decisions is the death of spontaneity. Hesitation comes from a fearful brain trying to avoid failure.  In our lives, we are confronted by countless lessons that our poor choices will lead to punishment. Our process slows down and we question what we should do to minimize the risk. “Should I go LEFT down the dark alley or RIGHT towards the dog Read more…

WHAT’S THE POINT???

TIPS AND TRICKS What’s the Point? WHAT’S THE POINT??? Let’s be honest. Our brain doesn’t always fire on all cylinders.  There are times you simply don’t have the… uh… words to create the details or the inspiration to kick the scene into a healthier place.  Here’s a tip that makes life a little easier.  DETAIL AND CHANGE  We know that a scene with details is more fun and more likely to be successful than a Read more…

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Leadership in your troupes, groups, and impro Partnerships

LEADERSHIP You, your Troupes, Groups, and Impro Partnerships (Part 1: YOUR VISION) Are you looking to create an Improvisation project with a limited run or a company that will attract many participants over the years? Are you looking for an impro dynasty, a 90-second flash mob, or a successful solo freelance career? Are you stepping into an existing project? How will you accomplish your goals? And once you start, what comes next? Leadership or lack Read more…

The Back Door to Scenes

TIPS AND TRICKS The Back Door THE SECRET BACK DOOR! WARNING!!!!   ACTHUNG!!!!   ADVARSEL!!!!!   CAUTION!!!!!   ATENCIÓN Easy Tips and simple Tricks can be dangerous for improvisers… They are no replacement for good technique and risk taking.  Use these little tricks ONLY WHEN THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY, MIND-BENDINGLY NECESSARY.  Seriously. Go on, get out of here if you feel any sense that you are about to grab a couple of fancy little hacks to make an audience laugh Read more…

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part 2 Leadership in your troupes, groups, and impro Partnerships

LEADERSHIP You, your Troupes, Groups, and Impro Partnerships (Part 2: YOUR STYLE) In Part ONE of our look at leadership for you, your troupes, and your groups we focussed on your vision and mission. Knowing what you aim for makes the choices and journey easier, more productive, and rewarding- not to mention, you are more likely to achieve some level of your expectation of success. In part 2, we’ll look at: YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE How Read more…

TRICK or TREAT

TRICK or TREAT Halloween traditions see young ghosts and goblins going from door to door begging for treats in North America. They yell “TRICK OR TREAT!!!” at the door expecting their sugar and chocolate payment.  You can support their greedy little objectives with a tasty treat. Deny them their wish and you might pay the price – evil tricks: eggs thrown at your door, the house wrapped in toilet paper, or worse. Trick or Treat – Read more…

The Hidden Magic of LATENT Ideas

BRILLIANT IDEAS ARE OBVIOUS… …or is that the other way around? The Hidden Magic of LATENT Ideas Latent ideas are described in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as  “…a power or quality that has not yet come forth but may emerge and develop.”  Neither Miriam nor Webster tells us WHY this “power” or quality has not yet come forth” or how to make it come forth.  Wouldn’t it be nice to know?  I would like to know.  OK, Read more…

MORAL KRYPTONITE

Moral Kryptonite Superman, with that super strength, vision, speed, and ability to fly would  become super boring if we knew he had absolutely no weakness. Kryptonite saps the Man of Steel’s super powers to the point he can be broken by a gust of wind.  Imagine bringing out that bar of Kryptonite just as Superman is tasked with saving Lois Lane from an imminent explosion or rescuing those crying orphans from the burning building. Ouch! Read more…

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DAY TO DAY – Baby Life and The God Complex

BABY LIFE! & the GOD COMPLEX!  DAY TO DAY IMPROVISATION is a collection of exercises anyone can do almost anywhere to practice their improvisation skills every day. Your brain makes decisions at the remarkable speed of just 40 milliseconds.  Putting that into perspective, imagine being able to judge whether someone is trustworthy, good at their job, whether you will have a relationship, whether someone is gay or straight, or if someone is telling you the Read more…

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