Improv and Writing pt.3

November is National Novel Writing Month. It is a whirlwind of writing activity, a panic-filled frenzy of early morning/late night typing, and truly a fun time. See our Part 1 post and our Part 2 post… This is a continuation of a previous post on Improv and Writing. This is all …

Improv and Writing pt.2

November is National Novel Writing Month. It is a whirlwind of writing activity, a panic-filled frenzy of early morning/late night typing, and truly a fun time. See our Part 1 post… This is a continuation of a previous post on Improv and Writing. This is all kinds of random stuff, …

Improv and Writing

November is National Novel Writing Month. It is a whirlwind of writing activity, a panic-filled frenzy of early morning/late night typing, and truly a fun time. NaNoWriMo is a yearly event that takes place throughout November. In 30 days, your mission is to write a novel of no less than …

Everything I know about improv I learned from Tetris.

Everything I know about improv I learned from Tetris. Okay, maybe not everything, but that seemed less clickbait-y title than “12 things about Tetris that also apply to improv! #4 will surprise you!” Welcome to my head. I started playing Tetris back in the 80s, when it came out, and …

Cognitive Load

Cognitive Load One of the biggest tenets that I push in all my classes and workshops is building an environment for scenes. I repeatedly encourage my actors to take the time to build themselves a world to work in, a playground to play in. It defeats the ever-present brain-drain of …

The Room Where It Happens

The Room Where It Happens… We recently got a puppy. She is an adorable little pain in the butt, and we love her to death. But what always so amusing to us is how she cannot stand it if one of us is out of the room. Step into the …

The power of giving a damn

Frankly, my dear… Summing up can be hard to do. I am, by my nature, a loquacious individual with lots of opinions that I want to share with my students. I tend to give a ton of notes and try to answer every issue any actor is having in the …

Should we move in together?

The workshop… is in progress. Theatre Momentum had our first Workshop-in-Progress in several years, this past Sunday. It was a small group, just 7 players, but that gave everyone lots of time to get stage time, a leisurely discussion and notes period, and overall a very warm environment. Exactly how …

Why dramatic improv?

Theatre Momentum does dramatic improv. There. I said it. I’ve struggled with the best way to describe what we do in the simplest terms, and I’ve come to realize, that’s it. When people ask me “why?” or “who is that for?” or “are you not good enough to do real …