Courtney Rioux

How Jealousy Prevents Us From Getting What We Want

As you know, jealousy and self-defeating attitudes are something that has plagued me for my entire improv career. For years, whenever someone else got something I wanted, I judged them for it, and whenever a new opportunity presented itself to me, I would immediately assume that I wasn’t good enough to get it. Oy. Courtney […]

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Embrace Your Messiness

When Betsy was born, people said stupid things to me like, “You are going to learn a lot from her.” I was so annoyed by that, why, I can’t tell you, but they were right. So far she has taught me about patience and unconditional love and how to survive on a minimal amount of […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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