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How to do a pattern game

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:25:35 +0000

The pattern game is an improv exercise and an opening for Harold. Use it to map out a network of words and ideas which all connect to the suggestion.

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The Schnozzle isn’t what it used to be

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 17:28:52 +0000

In the beginning, there was the Schnozzle, the perfect improv thing. It was created by the great improv master Viodel Closestone.

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Relationship in improv: What does that mean?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:19:28 +0000

When I taught at the UCB in NYC, the most important word was 'game'. In Chicago, the word I hear from students is 'relationship'.

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Base Reality is more than a who, what and a where

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:03:19 +0000

For a base reality to be useful, we must be able to ask and answer the question, "What is weird or unusual for this base reality." If it's too weird to begin with, it may be hard to answer that question.

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Kissing Family – A Breakdown of the Game of the Scene

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:27:03 +0000

Recently, some friends brought this SNL sketch to my attention. It’s an excellent example of what we mean by Game of the Scene, with many moments that illustrate different features of games. What do we mean by Game of the Scene? The game is the part of the scene that makes the scene fun, unique, … Continue reading "Kissing Family – A Breakdown of the Game of the Scene"

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Taking responsibility for your scene

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:31:15 +0000

This year I attended the Improv Fest Ireland and one of the shows that got me thinking was Neil+1. In it Neil Curran finds an audience member who has never improvised before, preferably someone who has never even seen improv, and makes them his scene partner for a 45 minute show. It’s a daring concept, … Continue reading "Taking responsibility for your scene"

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A new start for me and the Improv Resource Center

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:40:09 +0000

Over the past few years, I’ve been a co-owner and the Artistic Director of Under The Gun Theater in Chicago. During that time, I’ve had the pleasure of producing many shows at our space in Wrigleyville, and being a part of an incredible ensemble of performers. On the whole, it has been a wonderful experience. … Continue reading "A new start for me and the Improv Resource Center"

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Deliberate Practice, Not Just Reps

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:28:08 +0000

Over the last few years, I have thought a lot about how we approach improv training, and I think we can do much better than we do. To develop mastery in any art form takes practice, not just reps. What is the difference? Deliberate practice means focused, challenging exercises with specific goals, led by a … Continue reading "Deliberate Practice, Not Just Reps"

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Improv Resource Center Podcast with Amey Goerlich

Tue, 24 May 2016 12:56:28 +0000

Amey Goerlich talks to Kevin Mullaney about improv exercises and concepts. Amey is the host of the Indie Cagematch in at UCB East and an independent improv teacher in New York. We talk about Krompf, pummeling, improvising with your eyes closed, bad rap warmups, half ideas, button lines, teaching film to 5 year olds, e-Improv, … Continue reading "Improv Resource Center Podcast with Amey Goerlich"

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