Nothing bugs me more than a scene where two improvisers meet stage center, stare only at each other and talk only to and about each other.
I get it. Your stage partner is truly the only other active element on stage with you. But, c’mon, show some imagination.
The audience likes to see us interact with things we imagine. The audience loves to see us care about things we imagine. The audience f*#king adores when what we imagine makes us feel.
If you and/or the ensemble you’re in and/or the ensemble you coach are having the tendency to do centerstage talking heads scenes then this warm-up exercise might be right for you.
Looking for an exercise to help with creating characters and embracing endowments? Here’s one for you.
Exercise for practicing building organic group games collaboratively and ensuring everyone steps up to participate. Continue reading
An improv stage can be anywhere. On it we can do anything.
You could be in a submarine on Mars raising talking chickens.
Often improvisers are good at labeling the moment.
But you need more than words; you have to be in the world.
This exercise focuses on attaching emotions to the scene’s active elements – what can be felt, seen or otherwise experienced on the stage – to foster reactions.
Your scene partner initiates, telling you, “You’re terrible.” Does that make you sad? Does that make you angry?
What if your scene partner is just “some stupid kid”? Maybe he says, “You’re terrible” and you just laugh; “Yeah, okay, I’m terrible.”
Making a choice about a relationship and relative status can help inform reactions and enable active emotions that elevate scenes. Here’s an exercise to help. Continue reading
Looking for an exercise/warm-up that will engage your group in tapping emotions between characters and leveraging those emotions in heightened subsequent beats? Continue reading
Looking for another exercise to help players drill Organic Group Games? Look no further. Continue reading
Looking for an exercise/warm-up that will engage your group in tapping personal emotions and leveraging those emotions in heightened subsequent beats? Continue reading
Objective: To establish and heighten organic group games collaboratively as an ensemble.