What are some of the marks of a healthy and aspirational “Ensemble” that is firing effectively on all cylinders?
It’s worthwhile exploring “Endowment Circle” if you routinely find yourself assuming one-dimensional or simplistic characters and relationships on stage.
Are you maximizing the joy and effectiveness of your improvisational gifts when you “Endow” your scene partners?
“ImprOvientation” was developed as an original long-form to welcome new students to college. “Story Hot Spot” is an exercise that develops the personal story-telling skills that so deeply inform this semi-autobiographical style of performance.
“Theme Scenes” encourages a more emotionally grounded and nuanced style of improvisational play well-suited to both short- and long-form expeditions.
Accessing and channeling our inner emotional truths is the artistic pursuit of a lifetime, but “E” is for “Emotional Truth” offers some bite-sized tactics to assist in this worthy endeavor.
“Verbal Freeze Tag” exercises helpful editing, listening and creativity skills.
Edits come in many shapes and sizes. Here’s a working list of some options to help you craft and pace your improv action.
In 2005 I began a collaboration with the Office of Rollins Explorations designed to bring a fully improvised orientation show to the incoming class of students. We called the resulting format ImprOvientation. The production has become a campus mainstay. The title, on the other hand… no one ever uses.
The “Sequence Game” offers a way to brainstorm or refresh material before embarking on style-based or dramaturgically informed work.