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  • The First Time I Saw Severn

    August 31st, 2016     No Comments

    This past week I saw “Don’t Think Twice,” a movie that lovingly portrays the lives and world of a group of long form improvisers. I liked so many things about the movie, not the least of which was its acknowledgment of the founders of improvisational theater, Viola Spolin,

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  • A Second Look at The Third Thought

    August 1st, 2016     No Comments

    In a recent blog post, I quoted writer/director Adam McKay talking about what he learned from Del Close while working with him in the 1990’s at iO Chicago. Adam said that Del would make you: “… go to your third thought.

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  • L4C @ China Central Television

    June 13th, 2016     No Comments

    A couple years ago I was invited to teach improvisational acting to a company of Chinese actors on China Central Television (CCTV)’s #1 hit comedy. The show’s title, translated from Mandarin, was “Thank the Heavens Above, Thank the Earth Beneath, You Have

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  • The First Joke

    April 16th, 2015     No Comments

    “The mysterious glue that enables millions of humans to cooperate effectively is made of stories, not genes.” Yuval Noah Harari in “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”
    “Sketch and improv gave me a tribe.” Amy

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  • Wearing Many Hats

    March 11th, 2015     No Comments

    Improv is the art of practicing many skills all at once, and on the fly. Every time we go on stage, we’re acting, writing, directing, editing. And doing all that not to serve our own egos, but at the service of the team and the piece we’re all creating together.

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