Finding Humor in Serious Events

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself” – Charles Schulz (cartoonist) In IMPROV, we, as trained improvisers, can see the humor in serious events. Utilizing a detached or skewed viewpoint can create conflict and[…]

Confidence

“The English Channel is a mere ditch” – Napoleon (political and military leader) In IMPROV, have confidence in yourself and support your scene partner! The audience will be invested in the scene and in your success. The task at hand will seem much more attainable.

How Tension Improves a Scene

“Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty” – John Lennon (musician and writer) In IMPROV, two sides of the same coin can equate to dynamic IMPROV! Even though the parts can be diametrically opposed, this tension can result in a good scene. A strong[…]

Letting the Scene Unfold

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it” – Frank Zappa (musician and composer) In IMPROV, never write in your head. Let the scene unfold before you. Accept your scene partner’s gifts, and give them something back. Fill those gifts with truth, and the scene sells itself.

Push Your Boundaries

“The only cats worth anything are the cats that take chances” – Thelonious Monk (jazz pianist and composer) In IMPROV, the saying is “dare to fail!” Make bold moves! Have an opinion! Push your boundaries, and commit to the scene!

Discovery in Improv

“There is never any end…There are always new sounds to imagine, new feelings to get at. And always, there is the need to keep purifying these feelings and sounds so that we can really see what we’ve discovered in its pure state” – John Coltrane (jazz icon, musician, and composer) In IMPROV, great improvisers strive[…]