This isn’t really a blog post in the traditional sense, but a re-posting of a letter that I recently wrote Colin Mochrie, on the occasion on his daughter’s coming out as Transgender. He replied, and re-posted on his facebook; a really heartening conversation amongst improvisers ensued. His immediate response is below. Dear Colin, I’m a … More Colin Mochrie
Privilege and diversity in improv- it’s not just about money Fast ideas to make sure everybody feels good: Ask how people are doing, even if it’s just for a few seconds per student. Make sure everybody who wants a go gets one. If your lesson plan includes pile-in type games*, balance them out with inclusive … More Privilege in Improv
Short-form* improvisation is awesome. It’s at the heart of what we do as a team, and I’d like to tell you about why it’s great. It’s fun. The fast and furious nature of a good short-form show means that players can really focus on having fun (and being funny) in the moment. The biggest and … More Short-form improv
Hi, I’m Utku. As you can tell by my funny name, I’m not a native English speaker. Yet, I have been improvising in English for about 5 years now. This will be a series of short blog posts where we explore what that means. If anything. One of the things that frustrates me most in … More Improvising in a Foreign Language – Part 1: Embrace Those Mistakes!
There have been a lot of articles and posts from around the improv world lately about gender in improv, and particularly things we can do to make sure our companies and classes are equal opportunity. It’s lovely that there’s so much attention and concern about improvisers being and feeling safe and the need to speak … More Gender in Improv- a trans perspetive
This is really something I can’t say enough times, both as an improviser and in my day job teaching and conducting music. The idea that talent is inherant and people are either good at something or they’re not is wildly unhelpful and really misleading; nobody is good at anything without a significant amount of practise, … More Any skill is learnable