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Play Smart So Your Characters Don’t Have To

One thing that I hear frequently is the notion that we should play to the top of our intelligence. I think that’s great advice, not just for improvisors, but for artists of any discipline. At the same time, I don’t

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Keep Asking Why

If you’ve been a student of improv, you’ve probably heard the idea that asking questions onstage is bad. It’s not a theory I personally subscribe to. You may choose to play by those rules, but I implore you not extend

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Who Exactly Are We Saying “Yes” To?

Many years ago, I was in a scene that was – to put it politely – not terribly grounded. At one point a mystical wizard offered me a potion with a grave warning to not drink the potion or terrible

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Finding Closure in Second Beats

Third beats can be enigmatic for many Harold performers. Perhaps more than any other part of Harold, third beats are filled with potential paths to explore; they can bring resolution or context to an existing relationship, they can share themes

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