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?

Talk to your Musical Director

I have written before on the importance of, as improv players, talking to your musical director (MD),as a matter of getting on the same page.   In most cases such chin wagging happens in rehearsal or prior to shows. But there is something else which I personally enjoy, and which I would not mind seeing more often: … Continue reading Talk to your Musical Director

Antifactual Storytelling

This post covers a technique that can be used to either create laughs without cracking a joke, as well as to create instant tension. It is called Antifactual Storytelling, and it is based on characters’ opinions, secrets, lies and misunderstandings. The first part of this post covers some theory, but the whole concept is best … Continue reading Antifactual Storytelling

P-Triple-M: A Musical Improv Format

At VIF2019 in Boston earlier this month I did a workshop on Musical Long Form, followed by 2 performances by the workshop group. We created a fun format that I’d like to share this month. The format is named “Post-Modern Musical Montage” - of if you want to sound hip/cool/exotic, feel free to call it … Continue reading P-Triple-M: A Musical Improv Format

The Circle of Possibilities

Over 2 years ago I did a post on the Circle of Expectations - in that post I mentioned there is very little material to be found on the internet about the term.  Well, there's suddenly more!  Last month Patti Stiles posted 2 videos about the concept - which she prefers to call the "Circle … Continue reading The Circle of Possibilities