Category Archives: improv

Reflections on Age

It’s not a particularly significant birthday in the decimal system. Not a big round number or anything. But I do notice that as each decade passes it’s around four years after the big round number that causes me to reflect … Continue reading

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Notes on Genre and Wants

Notes from Graeme Duffy’s Soap Opera genre workshop at VTSL, which was run with their new intensive gym format of two weekend afternoons followed by a performance: These are general notes, not specific to the form, although the observation that … Continue reading

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Surprised by Joy

I made a list of things I’ve done or that have happened to me in the past 22 days. 2 days were “peaceful” in the sense that nothing requiring exceptional effort happened. One day had four exceptional events, a few … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Failure

“One word characterized the most strenuous of the efforts for the advancement of science that I have made perseveringly during fifty-five years; that word is FAILURE.” — Thomson, Lord Kelvin I think about failure a lot. It’s my default assumption: … Continue reading

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2015 in Review

I’m in the habit of looking back on the year past to figure out what went on, what went right, and what went wrong. 2015 was not just a good year but a fantastic year. My standard for a “good … Continue reading

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VIIF 2015 Part 2

This’ll be a lot shorter as it basically only covers this morning’s class, which was on action improv with Brad McNeil, who is also my Conservatory coach at Instant Theatre. I was kind of skeptical of the idea of doing … Continue reading

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VIIF 2015 Part 1

My brain hurts. Last night ushered at Performance Works and saw some excellent improv that has now been buried buy subsequent events. Today had workshops with Adam Cawley on the Game of the Scene and Bill Binder on the Math … Continue reading

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Improv and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions

This is a long and probably boring meditation on personal change inspired by the improv intensive that Joe Bill did a couple of weeks ago at VTSL’s Improv Comedy Institute. It was an incredible experience, and I can still feel … Continue reading

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Improve Intensive: part two

Joe Bill taught a course called “Your Power Improv Toolkit” this past weekend at the VTSL’s Improv Comedy Institute. There should be a “previous post” button that takes you to the first day’s summary up there somewhere. This is a … Continue reading

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Improv Intensive: part one

One of the incredible privileges of living where I do is we get some of the best people in the world coming through to share their wisdom. Joe Bill taught a course called “Your Power Improv Toolkit” this past weekend … Continue reading

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