“My Alma Mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity” – Malcolm X (activist) In IMPROV, a great improviser takes in the world, digesting its many details. Details are essential to great scene work. Great improvisers travel, read, watch films and television, enjoy music,[…]
“Stumbling is not falling” – Malcolm X (activist) In IMPROV, take chances! Trust your gut! DARE TO FAIL!!!
“I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem” – George Clooney (actor) In IMPROV, get out of your head! Be in the moment! Be spontaneous!
“I have set my life upon a cast and I shall stand the hazard of the die” – William Shakespeare (from Richard llI) In IMPROV, with each line you build a new tomorrow crafted from the creative seeds sown in the moment! Let the scene unfold.
“Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give” – Anthony Braxton (avant-garde/free jazz composer, musician, former Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master) In IMPROV, commitment brings out the best in any improviser. Commitment to character, scene, emotion, game and making your scene partner look[…]
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” -Milton Berle (comedian) In IMPROV, we must discover the scene. If a game has not yet been defined and the characters relate only on a surface level, there are techniques you can use to spice up the scene, giving it depth and eventually locking in game play. One[…]
“Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way” – Charles Bukowski (poetry and fiction writer) In IMPROV, when the state of play becomes quicksand, we must pull ourselves out of the muck,[…]