Improv Tip; Breath Is Like Gasoline To The Fire Of Your Emotions

The word INSPIRE means "to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative." It also means, "to breathe in (air); to inhale." Breathing & inspiration are connected by more than just etymology. One flows from the other. Breathing is the start, middle and ending of every scene and good actors connect their thoughts & feelings to their words and actions through their breath. This blog comes from having been fortunate enough to work with the fantastic Carol Fox Prescott. Before I go any further, the reason this improv tip is INSPIRED by Carol Fox Prescott, as opposed to a QUOTE by Carol Fox Prescott is that I'm not 100% sure that Carol Fox P

Improv Tip; Improv Is Theatre

I teach improvisers that we need to tell small, important and meaningful stories. I've been teaching improv for a number of decades now and I've seen more than my fair share of bombs being diffused and out of control airliners being landed. I don’t remember a single individual one of those scenes, because those stories were so BIG that they were un-relatable and to me... un-memorable. Here is a clip of Michael Scott from The Office talking about improv... It’s funny in the context of The Office and it beautifully illustrates my point… as improv it’s unwatchable. Thats because Michael’s point of reference is movies. And that's MY point… Improv is theater. We can’t compete with the explosive

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