August 20, 2012
High school. Many moons ago. It was my life. My drama teacher, at Edgewater High, actually put me in charge of teaching first year drama students about improv. However, it has been 12 years since I graduated. So, I'm bound to be a little rusty. But I desperately want to get back into the world. I was never happier than when I was performing, experimenting, and creating on stage.
I hope to learn new things about myself; to stretch my creativity past the walls I've built up over the years. As a teenager, it was easy to let myself go and have fun. But now, as a cynical adult, it hasn't been as easy. I'm looking to change that. To reestablish a hold on my inner child (as weird as that sounds).
First: "Yes, and..." Always keep the skit going. Experiment with what your co-performer(s) throws at you. Don't block what could potentially be a fertile comedic development. Second: Don't be afraid to be silly. Life, work, relationships, can make you cynical and sarcastic. But when you get in front of a friendly group of improv-ers, you're free to explore your goofy, weird and childish nature. It's fun to be silly. Third: Don't be afraid to experiment. I've used that word a lot but it's true. As long as you keep it clean, in-line with the flow of the group, don't be scared to go places you normally wouldn't in every other conventional situation. It's all about finding your inner Ryan Stiles.
Screenwriter, former stage player, washed up improvisational actor. Looking to reveal my dusty creative soul to curious, unfamiliar onlookers. /creepy