August 30, 2019

There was an improv website, years ago, that had a motto similar to this.  For them, it was about marketing your skills... getting out there and showcasing your talent.  For me it put into concise words something I have been trying to teach my actors for years....

July 8, 2019

My partner in all things, Carol Lempert & I recently spent 3 days without screens of ANY kind, so...

  • No cel phones

  • No computers

  • No TV or movies

  • No e-mail

  • And especially… No social media. 

I came to a surprising conclusion. Social media has a po...

February 15, 2019

This tip is from Michael J. Gellman.  Michael is my improv mentor.  I could fill 1000 blogs with how much I owe Mr. Gellman.

Every offer is owed an emotional reaction. Then you can choose to respond physically or verbally...  Or something like that.  Look, it...

July 28, 2018

I'm not saying you CAN'T start a scene in negativity and deprivation. I'm just saying that it's harder... and I'm a lazy improviser. You'd be setting up existential challenges for your audience before you even start the scene.

They'll be asking...

  • If they hate it he...

July 11, 2018

"It's An Actor's Job To Justify."
 

Del Close Elaine May

This is the last of 3 principles from Elaine May & Del Close, as I read them in Jeffrey Sweet's book Something Wonderful Right Away.

As actors we're in the business of justification. 

  • We stand in a r...

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