Tag Archives: Acting Exercises

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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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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Out with the CROW in with the AEIOU

For many years, I taught CROW (Character, Relationship, Objective, Where) to beginning improvisers. This was something that I was originally taught and it seemed good. Unfortunately, teaching CROW — while it sounds like a great way to get scenes off … Continue reading

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Surprise me

I’ve been performing improv for a long time. This is my 22nd year of being in an improv troupe. I have done Short Form, Harolds, Theater Sports, created my own long forms, etc, etc, etc. I am not saying this … Continue reading

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Games for the sleep deprived

After my last post – World’s Worst Dad – I received a number of emails from people who were concerned that I was either: Crazy Neurotic Charlie Sheen Many of these messages contained pleasant reminders to relax and affirmations that … Continue reading

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It’s About The Skills

I am a teacher. I currently teach 3rd and 4th grade, although I have taught 5th, 7th, and a little High School. Here are two basic things you learn as a teacher about rules: Always state any rule in the … Continue reading

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Rules Suck

I took my first improv class more than twenty years ago. I was taught the “rules” the same way you probably were. The “rules” were drilled into me and I followed them for years. The “rules” were what made improv … Continue reading

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