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Listen to your partner – the third rule of improv (and life!)

3) Listen to your partner. “Listen to what your partner says, doesn’t say and the way he says it. Each word, gesture or pause provides tons of offers and information. Listening takes us outside of our focus on self and … Continue reading

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Don’t deny – the second rule of improv theater

2) Don’t deny. “Any time you refuse an offer made by your partner your scene will almost instantly come to a grinding halt,” states improvencyclopedia.org. We all know what it feels like to be denied. You are glowing, inspired. There is … Continue reading

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First rule of improv (and life!) – Saying Yes!

What follows is based on theater director David Alger’s rules for improvisation. How greatly our relationships would improve if we kept these in mind. 1) Saying Yes! One quick way to shut someone down is to not play along, to … Continue reading

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The truth about improv and life

I was recently awestruck reading about the parallels between everyday life and improv theater.   “We all go through life every day without a script, responding to our environment, making it up as we go along,” Chris Mcguire  Truth in … Continue reading

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