An improviser calls

We are all improvising, all of the time. It’s what makes life happen in real-time, and it creates a world full of choices, options and possibilities. And yet are we improvising well? Are we taking life’s opportunities? Are we bringing other people with us? Are we being here & now when it matters? To improvise […]

Beyond the art

Improvisation covers a number of art forms from jazz, dance, and contact improv through to improv comedy and theatre. It usually makes us think of talented, clever people who have some kind of extra ability to do things without a plan, script, or musical score. But it’s more than an art form. The ability to […]

The high wire

One of the main things that holds people back from taking an improvisation class, and a more improvisational approach to life, is fear and anxiety. As learning designers and facilitators we are SUPER tuned in to this. Cultivating trust and safety is the essential first step in everything we do. We all know the feelings […]

Wish you were here

Everything stops when you find a postcard on the doormat. Immediately you immerse yourself in it. The the message, the handwriting, the stamp, the picture they have chosen to send you. It’s like having them with you, knowing that their thoughts and feelings are with you, and that it has passed from hand-to-hand to reach […]

Who can I be?

Liz Allen is a wonderful teacher (one of the best in my view) and I was very lucky to take some improv classes with her recently when she came to London. One of the things I picked up from Liz was this idea: When you’re improvising, just ask: ‘Who can I be?’ Liz put it […]

I know.

Jill Bernard’s Cute Little Book of Improv has a memorable idea: that we all walk around with imaginary placards that say ‘Perpetual self-doubt.’ This was true for me for a long time and cost me in quite a few opportunities not taken, relationships that didn’t grow and roads left untravelled. Doubt has it’s value of […]

Improvising in flow

Improvisation can be seen as the art of creating flow. It’s a way of connecting feelings, ideas and moments to create momentum. I learned this idea that improv is about momentum from Kelly Leonard at Second City, and I find it really helpful in the classroom, on stage and in everyday life. Momentum is something […]

Bring a brick

A few years ago in an improv class I was asked if there was a specific skill I wanted to work on. I said I wanted to get move involved, to be more committed as I had a lifelong habit of holding back and editing myself. The teacher was Jules Munns and he looked me […]

Go figure

Spot the connection… ‘Cause finally the tables are starting to turn,Talkin’ about a revolution.Tracey Chapman Do what you canwith what you have.Nothing more is needed.Rick Rubin Adaptability, not efficiency, must become our new central competency.Stanley McChrystal Eye-opening conversations on participatory, prosperous and peaceful societies that nurture rather than degrade the environment.Nafeez Ahmed The last one […]

How to do it

How to do it Monty Python

In the classic Monty Python sketch called ‘How To Do It’ three enthusiastic TV presenters sit on a sofa and dish out simplistic solutions to complex challenges. Here’s a bit: Alan: This week on ‘How to Do It.’ here’s Jackie to tell you how to rid the world of all known diseases. Jackie: Hello Alan. […]

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