Let’s improv, beginners!

My drama students are typically method actors. There is some resistance to improv when you are so used to breaking down a script and building a character from deep emotion. To us, sticking with the first spontaneous creative choice that comes to mind, and allowing ourselves to simply play and see where it takes us, is more freedom than we can handle.

That is exactly why I encourage them to jump! “Get out of your comfort zone.” How do you think Stanislavsky even created his method? With a lot of brainstorming and improvisation. There is no better way to learn how to access your emotions than to play with the unexpected.

“I am not funny.”

A common misconception is that you have to be a comedian to be good at improv. To me, the greatest improvisers stick with their choices made at the beginning of their exercise, and take it seriously. It gets funny on its own. They are not worried about that. They just keep it going.

So much in acting is about thinking quickly on your feet. So much is about keeping an energy flow with your scene partners. You can certainly develop those skills with improv. So, try it!

Improv is not just a great comedy foundation for actors: it has proven to be a great self-improvement hobby. By learning how to make a quick choice and “just go with it” while the game develops, you acquire a new set of tools you can use to overcome your anxieties and insecurities while showcasing your wit and talent. In addition, you will be making new friends! This is a 90-minute long once-a-month event. Reserve your spot early and mark it on your calendar!

Renewing Hope

How are you doing?

Is this a strange summer? Or does it feel as summery as all summers?

I hope you are designing your “new normal” lifestyle that works for you.

Because I do not know much, but I do know this: this summer has been part of a transitional year. For better or for worse, we have been through a journey that has not been yet completed.

Where it is going to take us is not crystal clear. 

To me, personally, the past few months have been of self-reflection, re-structuring, and changing priorities. I never considered myself a materialistic person but I was surprised at how many material belongings I had that I needed to get rid of. 

I am sure you can relate to the feeling brought by decluttering a closet: it declutters your mind!

I have been brewing several wisdom lessons I have learned from people who inspire me and help me pave a journey I am fulfilled by and proud of. 

And I would like to share the result of those studies with you. 

Please be invited to a Motivational Speech I will be presenting on the first day of the fall.

I will be taking about renewing hope, reviving goals, and planning for the near future, so you can be your best self and feel accordingly.

Thank you to all who attended this motivational talk virtually in 2020. Stay in touch to get updates about future events.