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A note about the group

From: Matt M.
Sent on: Sunday, September 16, 2012 11:20 PM

Hello there improvisers!

I hope that your weekend was awesome and that you are enjoying the lions 49er's game as much as I am. (Go Kevin Smith!)

I wanted to drop everyone a little note about how I want the environment of our group to go. One of the things I wanted to keep in our conscious is that we should always support each other and that the group is a place of safety and acceptance. In this group I've strived to create an open environment where anyone from any walk of life could learn about improvisation and enjoy the company of other like minded folks. This is even played out in the most basic tenant of improvisation: 'Yes, And' because you can't really build a scene with your partner without first fully accepting their input for what it is. Furthermore, I've always tried to treat everyone like we're a family together. So if you're offended by anything that's said in class, I'm sorry. Please keep in mind that almost everything you might find offensive (except for my instruction :) ) in the group is probably said in jest.

 

That being said, this is not Sak Comedy lab. You do not have to keep everything you say PG for fear of reprisal. (And even in Sak workshops, things are a bit liberally moderated too. Nothing against those guys.) The world out there is a scary place where people talk roughly and have opinions that are misinformed and hurtful. We would be doing ourselves a disservice representing a world on the stage that does not mirror the one around ourselves. (Truth in comedy, folks) Just try and keep in mind when you're making a parody or reference to the real world that at the same time we tread a fine line with offending the audience.

 

In closing, I highly highly recommend that you read this article by Jason Chin. It might be a bit advanced for some of ya'll, but It's got some great advice for you when dealing with Taboo subjects.

 

http://jasonchinftw.wordpress.com/thoughts-on-long-form-improvisation/the-rape-of-improv/

 

Have a great week you guys. Long form workshop starts at 6:30 on Tuesday (If we don't get double booked again), and REGULAR CLASS STARTS AT 7:30. Send me an email if you're coming to the 6:30 class so I'll know who to expect.

 

-M@

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