Stacey Smith

Art is Hard

The other day I was on Facebook and read a post by one of my favorite improvisers: Stacey Smith. If you don’t know her, she is a gifted performer, super positive and a hard worker. She lives in Chicago — a city that has more opportunities than most for improvisers. Her post was brutally honest […]

Improv class

6 Reasons Actors Should Take an Improv Class

Actors are often skeptical of taking an improv class. I can’t tell you how many actors tell me “I am a serious actor. Why do I need to take an improv class?” Or they say, “I’m not funny,” “It scares me,” or “I wouldn’t be any good at it.” Actors avoid taking improv classes for lots […]

Bill Arnett

Why Bill Arnett says you should play it real

I have known Bill Arnett for some time. I think I first became aware of him when I was teaching at iO Chicago. Bill has always been a thoughtful improviser, teacher and director with a stellar reputation. As a fan of his improv blog, I was excited to find out that he recently put together […]

Denver Improv Scene

3 Ways to Be More Physical in Your Improv Scenes

We have all been in those improv scenes where we suffered from the talking statue syndrome. You know, where two improvisers are frozen in the same positions while trying to exchange witty banter. This is improv purgatory. Remember, live improv is not the same as a podcast. It’s a three-dimensional art form, and we have […]

Auditioning

Give Yourself Credit for Showing Up

Comedy, acting, and improv can be a hard business. There are so many disappointments and so much rejection that we often forget to give ourselves credit for even showing up. I know I do. I cannot tell you how many times I have been out with a group of friends and someone will have a […]

Fortune Cookie

15 Pieces of Improv Wisdom

I love Chinese food, and even though I don’t eat sugar, I love opening the fortune cookies at the end. The little pieces of wisdom are the perfect way to end a great meal. So now that the year is coming to a close, I decided we should wrap things up with some improv wisdom […]

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