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 […]

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 […]

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