The Improv Chronicle Podcast

The Improv Chronicle Podcast

The Give And Take Of Feedback
Jan 15, 2020 20:52

The Give And Take Of Feedback

How your last improv show went sometimes isn't as important as how and when you find out about how good it was. Getting notes in improv whether it be in class or from a coach is sometimes hard. So how should coaches give their feedback and what constitutes good feedback for improvisers?
The Bits We Left Out In 2019
Dec 31, 2019 16:06

The Bits We Left Out In 2019

You've heard from some incredible improv voices since this podcast launched in July. We've not been able to include everything everyone said in every interview so this episode, you will hear clips from a number of the interviews done since July that didn't make it into their intended episode due to time or because conversation had drifted into a side-topic
Has "Yes And" Become Outdated?
Dec 18, 2019 17:13

Has "Yes And" Become Outdated?

The concept we call Yes And has been at the heart of improv and at the heart of how improv is taught for decades. There are books about it, and the phrase is synonymous with improv. The basic idea is that you say yes to what your partner is offering and then add to it. More recently, Yes And has been questioned. Some improv schools don't teach it anymore. Has Yes And as a theory run its course? Or it is still relevant to how we teach and perform improv?
The Mantra Of Support
Dec 03, 2019 21:13

The Mantra Of Support

What do we mean in improv when we talk about support and how do we quantify what on stage support and off stage support is needed in our art form. As the number of shows and teams grows around the world, how much do we have each other's backs and how useful is it for us to be saying that we must support other people's moves on stage and other people's shows?
Do We Really Need Warm-Ups?
Nov 20, 2019 12:53

Do We Really Need Warm-Ups?

If there's one thing that can divide a group of improvisers quickly, it's the subject of warm-ups. Some people hate them and don't want to do them. Some people love them and could happily warm-up for an hour before tackling a scene. How much warming up do really need to be good at improv and how much difference does it make to an ensemble if they don't warm up?
Help, I Suck At This
Nov 05, 2019 17:40

Help, I Suck At This

Experiencing and improv dip and a bout of imposter syndrome isn't uncommon in improv - in fact many people recognise it as part of being an improviser and, more generally, a performer. But in improv, where you never do the same show twice, this feeling seems more common somehow. So what do we do about this?
Improvisers With Scripts
Oct 22, 2019 17:02

Improvisers With Scripts

Many improvisers enjoy success not just in improv, but in the realm of scripted work. Does their experience in improv bleed into their creative processes when they write or even when that written work gets performed? This episode you get to hear from a number of successful writers who also have an improv background
Marketing Your Improv Show
Oct 08, 2019 18:25

Marketing Your Improv Show

You can have the best improv show in the world and still not have an audience. How do you get people to come to see your show and how many of them are going to be non-improvisers? This episode you will hear from people who are marketing improv in different ways to get audiences for shows.
Understanding And Appreciating The Role Of The Music Director In Improv
Sep 24, 2019 20:20

Understanding And Appreciating The Role Of The Music Director In Improv

How does an improv musician view the improv show? What do they add? And what should those of us who take to the stage to work with them know about the work the music director is putting into the show? Hear from improv music directors about how they work with on stage improvisers and the things the performers should know about the musician's job. Featuring Brit Award nominated artist Fred Deakin and Whose Line Is It Anyway musician Laura Hall.
The Only Game In Town - Improvising In A Void
Sep 10, 2019 14:59

The Only Game In Town - Improvising In A Void

While some of us are blessed with cities that have a large improv scene with multiple groups or even multiple theatres, some cities have barely anyone flying the flag for our art form. You'll hear from people from three cities from around the world - people who have been the only game in town. Clarification: Maximilian Hanson is founder and creative director of Mind Melt, which he started earlier this year. His former group, which he was part of creating ten years ago is Teater Prego.