Posts tagged improv
Posts tagged improv
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Complement with Annie Dillard on presence over productivity.
Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki
(Also applicable for improv.)
If only improv were always this easy!
For groups and people who believe they aren’t quite ready to start performing.
This could still lead to a very grounded, emotional scene.
Hi, first I’d like to say that I love your blog. I might be sucking up, or maybe I’m being sarcastic which is very hard to pick up on in writing. I’ll let you decide. Anywho, I was wondering what your thoughts are in how to go about starting an improv group in a city that has no schools or anything improv about it. Also if you don’t mind answering a second question, is moving to Chicago a good idea to pursue a career in improv. I’m 18 so any advice would be immensely helpful :)
STARTING AN IMPROV GROUP
Great question! And a toughie. In a city with nothing, huh?
I’d recommend starting out with an informal meeting of some friends — ask on Facebook, see who else has an interest in learning improv. (I figure people you know are slightly more reliable than strangers on Craigslist, although that’s always an option, as well as checking in with any local theaters or performance spaces.)
Schedule a time to practice and play games and do what is technically called “goofing around.” If it’s fun (and always keep it fun), people will keep doing it.
Sooner or later, you might want to get some outside coaching or direction. Maybe hire someone from the closest improv scene (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dirty South, Phoenix, Austin, etc.) to lead a workshop?
If that’s not possible, I know some coaches use Skype, which is worth trying, and there are always books to read — I’d recommend Mick Napier’s Improvise: Scene From the Inside Out.
From there, if/when you want to perform, I’d look up any performance venues in the city and see if you can get a slot. Everyone should invite all their friends.
Good luck! It’s exciting, you’re living on the frontier.
MOVING TO CHICAGO
When you write “to pursue a career in improv,” I do have to wonder… there aren’t many “careers” in improv. Like any art, it’s a passion, but one that won’t reliably pay the bills.
If you want to pursue a passion of improv, then sure, Chicago’s a great city to move to (as are the others mentioned above).
This is a big life decision, though, with a lot of other factors to consider — college (there are lots of schools with established troupes), work, weather (Chicago gets COLD), proximity to family and friends.
If you can, visit Chicago, take an improv intensive if possible, and see if it feels like a good fit for where you are in your life right now.