Improvisational Theater

Friday, June 28, 2013

Catching Raindrops

Some people may assert that being a strong improviser means being able to navigate safely through a storm.  I rather prefer dancing in the rain.  The storm of offers, of creative minds, of ideas, and puddles of nothingness, of voices, of silence, let's just learn to dance in it.  Instead of dodging and weaving to stay dry, I suggest we notice every rain drop and celebrate it.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shift and flux and all things changing....

Opinions change.  Not all opinions, but many.  Those that don’t change often shift or otherwise shape and reshape themselves. For this reason I often struggle with publishing my opinion, my current opinion. I challenge myself by doing it. Taking ownership of my present plateau just in time to soar off its edge and evolve into whatever is next.  The published opinion is locked in.  There, I’ve said it.  And those who read it will likely see it as my forever belief, my way of seeing, my message, long after it changes.  I accept that.  I don’t mind contradicting myself as long as I believe it.  This is not to say that I like being in constant flux, or that I like having my beliefs relentlessly crumbling.  And I wholly dislike being wrong in most cases.  But I do love being convinced of new ideas, being given new perspectives, enlightened and changed. Through out my life, these changes of attitude, these shifts in opinion and rebooting of my operating system, have worked like ladder rungs.  And as I look back at my journey, they become mile posts, connecting the dots creates a map of my experience.  A map that proves I am moving, that I have momentum, therefore, I am truly alive and living.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

When they say I give them courage, it gives me courage...

"Went and saw some good improv tonight at the Brody. It definitely makes me appreciate what we're being taught at PSU. I think God heard me complaining about not learning the technicality of Improv, so he sent me Domeka Parker. I now have a notebook full of advice, inspiration, games, do's and don'ts...but more importantly, I have a heart full of courage to just get out there and do work!"

This note is incredibly flattering to me.  I cannot express the amount of warm fuzzy I am rolling in.  As silly as it may sound, my life's goal is helping people to play, build their confidence,  respect improv and do it because they LOVE it. When a students says I've done that for them, lead them there or walked with them when they found it, its the most rewarding compliment in the world to me. Thanks Lacey.