Improvisational Theater

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Every mistake is the key to a magic door, if only we follow every failure to fruition. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Check me out in Victoria B.C. in September. I'll be teaching a workshop called Discovery over Invention at Paper Street Theatre.

http://www.paperstreettheatre.ca/classes.html#guest
The Sound Improv retreat has been an amazingly successful improv training and improviser get away for the past three years. Teaching the beautiful work of Sound Improv in the Puget Sound to amazing students, hungry for the more theatrical side of improvisational performance has been a completely rewarding experience!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Character Dimensions

Let your characters have strong opinions. Yes'ing and And'ing does not require that your CHARACTER be wholly passive and compliant, it requires that YOU be flexible. A character with a strong opinion is a great building block for dynamic storytelling, where an indifferent character lowers the stakes and ebbs without also flowing.

Monday, March 9, 2015

LOVE HARDER

Someone asked me the other day how I deal, how I get through tough stuff, how I relate to people, relationships, work, life...etc. Well, the answer is sometimes I hate everything and think every crappy thought possibly, but mostly I live by these tenants of LOVE HARDER and am deeply rewarded for it: 1: "Do no harm & take no shit". I find it works beautifully in every situation wherein I have control. It has yet to let me down in any way. 2. "Be realistic about what you can and cannot control". 3. "Everyone you speak to has something hard going on elsewhere in their lives, be gentle". 4. "Take nothing personally" And if it does hit you on a personal level, what ever it is, address it immediately so you can get back to giving zero fucks about it as quickly as possible. 5. "Be honest". 6. "Give more love than you expect to receive and revel in the love that is returned to you". 7. "Remember that children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess insiiiiiideeeee. Give them a sen.....(you get it)". 8. Trust yourself. Trust others. Trust the moment. 9. Everything is temporary, everything, every single thing. 10. The earth is tiny in the larger scope, which makes you even tinier. What a relief of pressure it is to see how tiny you are in the greater scope of things. You are just one beautifully unique being in an infinite, unfathomable universe. And you only exist for one teeny tiny blip in time. How amazing and beautiful that is...

Monday, March 2, 2015

An introduction...

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WE: A new workshop designed to strengthen the two person scene.

Over the last two years I have carefully studied the two person scene. I have identified common strengths and weaknesses, traps and roadblocks. I've used this study to create some very uncommon tools toward bolstering the two person scene, finding connection, shared focus and spontaneous trust. This workshop takes the daunting task of navigating creativity and simplifies the business of finding one another, taking each other in and building a shared world together.

Please contact me if you, your group, your school or your theater are interested in hosting this workshop.  I am presently organizing another teaching tour and would love to put you on my itinerary.

Check out the workshops tab on the home page to see other workshops I offer.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Where I stand

"I believe there are infinite possibilities in Improvisational Theater, from the most absurd comedy to the richest drama. In any case, I play toward authentic discovery over invention, never creating something that isn't begging to exist. In the moment there is magic. What's beyond is tomorrow's story." ~ Domeka

Settling in

It's no wonder I love Improv how I do. There is no other time that I wholly embody presence. There is no other time I am truly in the moment. In every other aspect of my life, I am three steps ahead. I am always reaching, reaching beyond this moment. I was born reaching. I have no intention of transforming into a celestial being, it wouldn't suit me, but I do intend to relax my arm, just rest it next to me, look down and see what's already in my hand. No more reaching. I just don't have to do that anymore.