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?
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?
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
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
What makes an improvised song a really good one? There are several possible criteria, and which you use or not is a personal preference: improvised singing is art, not science. In this article we’ll discuss a criterion that is perhaps underestimated: the title. Songs vs Opera In workshops, mostly with inexperienced improvisers/singers, it is not … Continue reading Songs vs Opera – Titles for Improvised Songs
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