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How About We Add “Agreeability” to Our Improv Vocabulary?

To get to the meat of the matter of this blog post: I am wondering whether it would be a good idea to add the notion of “agreeability” to our improv vocabulary.  The definition of agreeability (for this blog post) is twofold: The extent to which a player is able to find agreement with other … Continue reading How About We Add “Agreeability” to Our Improv Vocabulary?

TLC as a Measure for Improv Professionalism?

What makes an improv theatre or performance "professional"? If we go by the definition of the word "professsional" at dictionary.com we would get: Professional: following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain. But if you consider yourself or someone you know and admire to be a professional improviser, what do you use … Continue reading TLC as a Measure for Improv Professionalism?

The Pendulum of Simplicity: Verse/Chorus Songs on the Same Chord Progression

Last month's blog post was about verse/chorus songs. Your typical verse/chorus song has different melodies, on different chord progressions. But it can be both fun and instructive to play with the verse/chorus structure on identical chord progressions. That may sound lame, but it isn't - and actually plenty of modern scripted pop music is built … Continue reading The Pendulum of Simplicity: Verse/Chorus Songs on the Same Chord Progression

Aha – Exploiting a Particularity in Exposition for Solo Improv

I have written about the importance of exposition in improv before. We want to make sure that both we as players, as well as the audience have a solid idea of who the scene/story is about, what drives the characters, the setting for the scene, etc. Dipping my toes into solo improv recently, it dawned … Continue reading Aha – Exploiting a Particularity in Exposition for Solo Improv