Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tomorrow it starts

Lots of workshops, shows and rehearsals have affected the way I approach the work. When I'm doing it right, I grow at least a little every time I get to be in a scene. But I've had a few experiences with improv that have really shaped the way I play, the way I coach and the way I look at the work: 

—A 12-hours-in-one-weekend Annoyance Intensive
—A week-long Second City boot camp with Michael Gellman
—A week-long Performance Improv Retreat with Artistic New Directions. 

I don't want to put too much pressure on this weekend, but I'm ready for the next step. I've played with a lot of troupes and hit a lot of workshops lately to get ready for it. The reason Jill and I want to work with Dave is that we know he'll push us. I love his relationship-focused way of approaching scenes—"Everything you need to know is in your partner's face." He preaches patience and courage, and forces you to slow down and notice details. 

OK. And now I really should pack.  

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