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Many people end up doing improv because they saw THAT show, the show they could not believe was improvised, which kept them up that night wondering, “What is this voodoo, and can I ever be part of it?”. For me, it was ‘Lifegame’. The first time I saw it, the...

One of the most sacred of improv conventions is the suggestion. Whether it is the classic 'one word, any word', the more specific 'relationship between two people' or my personal bugbear, 'a non geographical location' (what does that even mean to anyone who is not an improviser?), nearly all shows...

In both improv and writing, I think a lot of us have an impulse to leave things "open" and "general" if we possibly can. It's common to see beginning improvisers starting a scene with something like:A: "How's it going?"B: "Yeah, I'm alright, you?"A: "Yeah, everything's certainly fine with me."B: "Do...

Writers are famously well-adjusted social beings. I’m kidding: the kind of person who enjoys sitting alone with a laptop for hours on end, while trying to thoughtfully interpret the human condition, is obviously quite a strange creature. Meanwhile, improvisers have a lot of experience conveying and interpreting human interactions from...

It’s an old improv cliche: you’re talking in a little circle about some improv-concept or other and then someone says “it’s just like life” and then everyone cries a little bit inside, and possibly also outside, and there’s a long silence and then you change topics completely. But – wait...

I went to acting school. I wanted to be an actor. Well, I thought I did. There were shows and processes I loved doing, and those I hated, those which nurtured me and those which didn't. Just like any job, I thought. It's not all roses. Then I discovered improv....

Well, it's the end of an era. Good bye to Arch 61, the perfromance home of the Nursery for two and a half years, site of nearly all of our festivals, countless workshops and rehearsals, cups of tea and late night chats. It's goodbye to the starnge little alley, the...

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