As the elections near and the rhetoric escalates to a fever pitch, it seems like the country is turning into a place driven by high school level diplomacy.
We brought the show “Campfire” to the Brody stage last night for a great, albeit creepy, show. The house was nearly full, and the cast was having a blast. The universe has validated me getting back onstage. I was recognized while working out and at a coffee shop today. It’s nice to finally feel likeContinue reading “Back Onstage”
Have some time on my layover to do a quick share. The conference was great. It was an amazing learning experience. There was so much good information, and it was totally awesome connecting with friends both new and old. People were really affected by my talk, and it sparked a lot of reflection and discussion.Continue reading “Amsterdam in Retrospect”
Because of the high demand for the power point to my talk I am posting it here for your perusal. Enjoy and feel free to contact me with questions and comments. The Anthropology of Improvised Theatre
Been having a lot of fun here in Holland. My talk was well-received today, and I am meeting some really fascinating and amazing people. The sights have also been great. Check out some photos:
The only reason that I’m able to be doing this is because of the generosity of the people in my life.
A cool table taken from an old anthropology article titled “The Sports Hero: an Endangered Species” by Garry Smith. I think it has a lot of relevance toward improvising character work. A shorthand list like Johnstone’s ‘Fast Food Stanislavski’. These are a great primer for the types of heroes that one can be or portray.Continue reading “Categories of Heroes”
Day 1 Planned incompetence: in reference to having people get chairs Theatre Machine was advertised as “Mime” in Berlin in the 60’s because improvisation was unknown. Drama is a changing vehicle It’s no good walking around on stage trying to be a good improviser if you’re not. If you fail and remain happy up here,Continue reading “Notes I took at the Keith Johnstone Workshop”
I just published a social science analysis of Long-Form Improvisation. If you’re interested you can buy it here. It focuses on why this form of improvised theater tends to bring people into this peculiar sense of communion through performance and how that can affect audience enjoyment. This book also looks into what contributes to keepingContinue reading “My First Book”