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About improvmantra

What is an improv mantra? An improv mantra is a phrase you repeat to yourself just before you go on stage, and continue to keep in your mind while you are in a scene. An effective mantra makes you a better improviser. Todd Erler, like all living creatures, has been doing improv every day since he was born. He has been performing improv on stage for more than 20 years. He is a teacher, writer, musicain, director, actor, and member of The Portable Reality Show.

Wax On, Wax Off

A number of weeks back I wrote about the improv tool set AEIOU. I return to the topic now. After students have learned the basic pieces of AEIOU it is helpful to drill each of these tools individually and then … Continue reading

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Graduation Speech, Improv Style

‘Tis the graduating season. This past month my wife was contacted by an old grade school classmate, Kevin. It seems that 25 years ago she and he delivered co-Eighth Grade Graduation speeches. His task was to talk about the past, and her’s … Continue reading

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How To Perform Improv

This post is amazing. All you struggling improvisers out there take note! This is how you do it.

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Ok… sorry folks… this is going to get esoteric. In my previous post I talked about the struggle. I thought I would then go back to writing about improv-y things… like AEIOU and the like. However, blogs and writing and … Continue reading

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The only way out is through

Life can get pretty messy and complicated and scary at times, can’t it? Just like being in the middle of an improv scene when you aren’t quite sure where it is going. I know every improviser can relate to that … Continue reading

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Who am I?

This is a small interlude from my current writing about AEIOU. I’ll get back to that… but this was important. I have a problem and I suspect most improvisers have the same problem as me. I want to be liked … Continue reading

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Words, Words, Words

In any play, movie, story, or improv scene there are two kinds of dialog. One type of dialog forwards the story, the other is atmospheric or basically filler. Dialog that forwards the story is rich with information. The information doesn’t … Continue reading

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