On Building and Using the Where "Many actors find it difficult to "reach beyond their noses" and must be freed for a wider physical relationship with the environment." Improvisation for the Theater Most modern improv practice puts very little emphasis on the Where and it is probably the most valuable [...]
Intuition vs. Intellect: A discussion of Yes, And... & More Improv rules like Yes, and... and Make Your Partner Look Good, makes for some wonderful improvisational moments, but is limited. The dimension of Space is often left out and the connection between players is often intellectual (from the head). Having a good [...]
Mirror Speech leading to Follow the Follower This is a good example of coaching people into following the follower. Note where resistance to the focus presents itself and helps clarify the concept of Following the Follower in the evaluation.
Following the Follower gives the players a Direct Experience This most essential exercise has many variations. Note the sidecoaching is not done to any one person, but in general, allowing each team to use what they need and ignore the coach if already doing it. Also note that once I [...]
Making the Invisible Visible This is a very important exercise. Space is the most neglected aspect in Improvisation. I stress it, because beyond seeing, it requires strong focus and goes a long way to create a compelling stage reality. In this video, I demonstrate and also coach students new to [...]
Action / Interaction / Transformation One of the most gratifying games to play for me is Transformations. Finding new relationships in partnership with another player in a kaleidoscope kind of way is so invigorating. No Urgency / No Motion / Heighten and Explore The best thing is to wait for the [...]
Converge and Redivide variation: Lone Wolf Viola Spolin in a rare video conducting a workshop in Utah in 1972. Here she has three groups do Lone Wolf a version of Converge and Redivide. Her coaching is wonderful to watch.
You're All in it Together! A good question that was brought up is "is it possible not to look at another player and share the motion?" The urge to tell what I know about this game has to be avoided. It's the player's problem. If I give too many examples students [...]
Making the Invisible, Visible This is the first attempt with Difficulty with a Small Object. The group is new to this and we will return to this later when the group has had more time with Space to see the difference. I watch for focus on the problem and coach to [...]