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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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Tension

Two couples sit in traffic, idle in their cars discussing various things: where they are going, their children, what’s on the radio. These two improv scenes have the same set up, the same two chairs, and are perhaps even performed … Continue reading

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Hooked

In her book, “Taking the Leap,” Pema Chodron, a Buddhist monk describes the concept of Shenpa. Shenpa is a Tibetan word generally translated as attachment. Pema, however, suggests a different translation: hooked. When we are hooked, Pema explains, something, an … Continue reading

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Why I Blog

I have family visiting this week, so I am a little too unfocused to write a lot. I have had a metablog entry growing in my head for a while now, so I think this is a perfect time to … Continue reading

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