Back to Basics

Our very first improv classes feel revolutionary.  They’re often fun.  As we learn more, we saddle ourselves with expectations and a set of new skills we try to master.  But really, all we’re trying to learn is  new ways to “yes and” better.

Listen to this guy explain improvisation to an audience of non-improvisers.  And the next time you play, just be as simple as he is.  Trust that the advanced stuff will come out without forcing it.

Notice the part about accepting whatever your partner says as if they’re a genius.  How often do we do that?  Trust your scene partner.  Trust yourself.  Play!

“Those who say ‘yes’ are rewarded by the adventures they have.”
– Keith Johnstone

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One response to “Back to Basics

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and Dan’s talk, Ben. He’s a great guy who lives what he preaches.

    I’ve nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award. I’m looking forward to reading more.

    See http://tedwordsblog.com/awards-and-appreciations/ for more info. Check out the rest of the blog for my thoughts about improv too if you’d like.

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