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June 27, 2016

   My improv team Crawlspace Eviction does a warm-up called “Pass The Clap” (very unfortunate name, I agree). The rules are very simple: 1) stand in a circle with your team 2) the person starting the exercise turns to the person to his right, they face each other,...

June 27, 2016

   

   There is a lot to think about in an improv scene.  Who is my character? What location are we in? What is the ‘game’ in this scene?  Am I giving details? Am I listening for details? Wait…, what did my scene partner just say? On stage, maintaining focus i...

December 29, 2015

Shared Drawing is great exercise for exploring group dynamics.  Participants take turns - in silence - contributing to a drawing.  The drawing should look like something (no Jackson Pollocks), so the idea is that the participants are trying to build on the ideas of oth...

December 28, 2015

 

One of our favorite exercises in the communication workshops we facilitate involves no speaking at all. It’s called Shared Drawing and it’s done in total silence with colored markers.  It’s not even a body language exercise.  While it ties into the way people communic...

September 30, 2015

 

Here’s a great way to kill an improv scene: call a character by a wrong name once their name has already been established in a scene.  Been there, done that. The audience picks up on it immediately because they have nothing to do but watch and listen.  Typically, if t...

June 11, 2015

   Chalk-talk has its place, certainly.  But make no mistake, any coach who preps his or her team solely with speeches and diagrams is in for a drubbing come game time.  At a certain point, the team has got to take to the practice field and start throwing the ball arou...

June 11, 2015

   

 

   At Improv Effects, we're big proponents of getting people on their feet and having them learn by doing.  Fortunately, we're not the only ones that feel that way. 

   These 12 points are drawn from the Experiential Learning Research of corporat...

March 25, 2015

 

What scares you?

 

 

More importantly, why does it scare you?

 

 

Recently, we facilitated a few workshops on taking risks.  In those types of workshops, we like to start the day with a little jolt.  After briefly introducing ourselves as improvisors, we tell attendees that...

March 24, 2015

 

This exercise is a workshop favorite.  A group works together to create a shared vision of something that doesn't exist . . . yet. Great for creative teams or just a fun kick-off for a collaborative meeting.  In our video example, it's just the two of us, but this exe...

January 22, 2015

A lot of people approach Improv Effects having only one conception of what improv entails. “You guys have to think on your feet, right?”

 

While there’s a lot more that goes into it than that, there certainly is an element of just coming up with thoughts on the spot.  So...

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