Category Archives: Acting

The 30 minute Solo (and two person) improv warm up

If you want to improve at improvisation, it really helps to practice. But if you are all by yourself, what can you do? Well quite a lot as it turns out.

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Annoyance 202 with Megan Johns

In this class, after the warm up, we started off with doing a bunch of solo initiations.
The aim of these was to make physical, emotional and spatial choices, and to mix them up as much as possible, so that whenever Megan would say “switch”, the person on stage would make a new initiation, with a new physical choice, a new emotional choice, and in a new part of the stage.

This exercise forced us to come up with something interesting, to use the whole stage, and to push our own mental boundaries.

As Susan Messing says, we are only limited by our lack of imagination and our failure to commit.

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ComedySportz 202 with Mel Evans, 19 August

Each of the schools here have a different focus and emphasis. ComedySportz are shortform games, and what they feed into my long form game is the urgency of making a quick choice and committing at 100%. I am sure they feed in in many other ways too, but that is my thinking as I write right now, sitting as I am, with a beer in hand in Salt and Pepper, a sort of diner place under the iO theatre.

The world is passing, through the window (the comma was essential there) and I’m going upstairs shortly to watch a show. It is 10 in the evening and warm here right now, and I confess, I have a hunger. None of which has anything to do with these notes…
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Level 3 with Jason Shotts, a proper introduction to a level!

This class was pretty amazing, we covered so much ground, I wrote more notes for this one class for any other class I’ve done here in Chicago so far.

We started off with a warm up exercise to help us remember each other’s names. As Jason put it, “saying people’s names makes a room 40% less weird”
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Writing 1 with Joe Janes, Homework for Thursday

This is the homework for Thursday. In class people would read it out, so we got to see how these dialogues played, and that was great fun. What I discovered was that my dialogues really did sound like two people talking, a skill I didn’t realise I posessed.

This played out as quite comedy, I was pleased with. I clearly need to practice too, but decidedly a start with which I am happy! See what you think.

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