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Finding Your Authentic Voice on Stage

I am a slow learner. And I’m conflicted about learning new things: My soul loves to learn while my ego hates it. Last week, I wrote and performed a new solo piece for a storytelling night called Louder Than a Mom. It was about when I was growing up and we’d go out to dinner as […]

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Watching My Improv Students Succeed

I used to think the only satisfaction I could get from improv was when I performing it. You know, the attention that being on stage gives you. I thought I could only be happy if I was getting the laughs, the applause and the accolades. That is how I thought for a long time. I was […]

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3 Books to Read This Summer

The summer is a good time to catch up on some reading, and I have come up with a short list of books all about making it in the world of comedy that I think you would really enjoy inside in the air conditioning or outside in the sun. So if the summer movies disappoint, […]

Expressing Yourself

Help me stop wanting to kill myself after a bad show

It’s nice to write a blog every once in a while when you don’t have all the answers. This time, I’m going to you for answers, because one thing I’ve learned over the years is if I’m struggling with something, there are other people out there who have struggled with it, too. And if I’m willing […]

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5 Daily Self-Care Tips for Improvisers

If you don’t take care of yourself in this exciting, yet taxing art form you will be toast. Toast does not perform well on stage – it’s dry, and flat and doesn’t have much flavor. If you want to avoid the toast syndrome, one of the best ways is through a little self-care. Self-care is […]

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3 Improv Warm-Up Games to Try

A couple weeks ago, I talked about the importance of doing improv warm-up games before your classes, workshops and rehearsals. Today, I wanted to share three warm-up games that I have been using for some time that I found to be very helpful. Like improv itself, there is no right or wrong way to play […]

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