Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pooh Speaks

Being something of a nerd (I like to think I am nerd-chic), I have read a lot of books about improv. Here’s one I read a long time ago, but just recently reread.  To my surprise I found it chock-full … Continue reading

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Improv Is the Yoga of Theater

A couple of weeks back I went to yoga again, after having not gone for a number of months – ok years. You know the yoga drill, right? Wear something you can comfortably move in, take off your shoes, breathe … Continue reading

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Everything I need to know I learned doing Improv, Part 2

 It isn’t about you: We all know the best way to improvise is to focus on your partner. Make him look good and he’ll make you look good. Nichols and May, two classic improvisers, illustrate this. Each focuses on the … Continue reading

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Welcome to Improvmantra

Welcome! Everything I need to know I learned doing improv, Part 1. Yes and: You get much further along in most cases by agreeing and building, rather than critiquing and tearing down. Hold on to your perspective: “Yes and” does … Continue reading

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