nervous

Just Good Enough

“Perfect is the enemy of good.” — Voltaire For most artists, creating is the fun part. The problem comes when they want to get their work out in the world. They have been bitching and moaning that they’re nobody recognize their art for years, but when they have the chance to put themselves out there, […]

Playing By the Rules

In our house we have a ritual. Almost every night after dinner, me, my wife, and my 4-year-old daughter, Betsy, all sit on the floor and play a board game. We play Candy Land, Hi-Ho! Cherry-O or other board games that are appropriate for a 4 year old. It usually starts off pretty good, and […]

thank you

Why It’s Good to Say Thank You

I can’t think of a better sound than the word “Thank You.” “Please” would be a close second. They’re two words that I am realizing I don’t use enough, as we are trying to teach my 4-year-old daughter manners. As much as I had a complicated relationship with my parents, I think they did a good job of […]

listening skills

I Teach Connection

What I love teaching the most in improv is connection — players connecting on a deeper emotional level. So many improvisers focus on trying to be witty and fast and funny, but they don’t realize that you can’t really do any of those other things well if you don’t first form a real emotional connection […]

Teaching improv over zoom

7 Tips for Teaching Improv Over Zoom

As more and more people are doing improv over Zoom, we are all starting to adapt to this new medium and find ways to make it work for improvisers. In the past few months, I’ve published a few blogs about how to make your improv pop on Zoom and how to host an improv show […]

theater

Urgent! Now Is the Time to Create

Recently, the performing arts have been hit hard. Live theater has gone dark, until further notice. We are feeling all sorts of emotions about it. Mostly we are all still grieving. Some day we will be in front of live audiences again, I am sure of it, but in the meantime we must fight these feelings of isolation or die. […]

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