Endowment & Pimping

Introduction Here’s another technique that I would not mind seeing more often on stage: “Endowment”.  The Oxford Dictionary definition of endowment is: "to provide with a quality, ability, or asset". As far as I know Keith Johnstone introduced the term into Improv vocabulary in his book "Impro for storytellers" (more on that later).  Improv Encyclopedia defines … Continue reading Endowment & Pimping

The Dark Side: Can & Should Improv Go There?

  Introduction At a recent international festival I happened to stumble into several discussions, with different groups of people, about taboos in improv, on whether e.g. minorities should (or should not) be portrayed on stage, and if so, how, or whether & how touchy or dark subjects should be addressed in improv. It so happens … Continue reading The Dark Side: Can & Should Improv Go There?

Protagonists & Antagonists – Part II

Introduction In a previous post ( Protagonists & Antagonists - Part I ) I outlined the use in impro of storytelling concepts like protagonists, antagonist and sidekicks, from a theoretical point of view.  In this post I explain how I use these in an improv workshop setting. In workshopping I tend to let the players discover … Continue reading Protagonists & Antagonists – Part II

11 Non-Musical Improv Skills for Musical Directors

Introduction Last month I posted a blog listing 13 essential music-related skills for improv Musical Directors. I made the point in that blog that those skills can be learned outside of an improv setting, and cannot be acquired during e.g. a 3 hour workshop.  Besides, those skills are general music related skills that are unrelated … Continue reading 11 Non-Musical Improv Skills for Musical Directors