Overcoming performance shame

One of the best acting tips I ever got was from Del Close, one of my early improv teachers, who used to say “follow the fear.” How I interpret that when I am on stage improvising is if you’re standing in the back line doing a Harold, Montage or an Armando and you feel afraid […]

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Improv is messy

To get good at something you have to be willing to get messy, which in terms of improv means you need to be able to do bad shows or bad classes over and over again in order to get good. That’s the secret formula — in improv, in art and in life. If you are […]

How to use improv in your relationships

My friend, Christie, suggested I write a blog about using improv in your relationships. Though I am an expert in improv and not in relationships, I thought, hey, why not? Here’s what I have learned in more than 25 years of teaching and performing improvisation. 1. Bring a sense of play in all your relationships. […]

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10 ways to get more out of your improv class

Many people think that improv is something people are just “naturally” good at. If you’re born funny, you can make people laugh, right? Not so. If you want to get better, you’re going to have to study this art form and take a lot of classes before you get good. It’s just a fact. And […]

Put Yourself Out There

The most important thing you can do as actor/improviser is to put yourself out there. Yeah, I know it’s scary. “What will be people think of me?” That part is not up to you, and it never will be. You are not in the results business, so there’s no sense worrying about it. What you […]

5 Books That Inspired Me

Every once in a while we need to be inspired. We are in the arts. We need inspiration like air. Without it we can’t breathe, and our art dies a long, slow death. Actually, I think everyone needs a little inspiration. If you’re an accountant, you need to be inspired. I have included five books […]

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