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Do It Now

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome. -Samuel Johnson "I was just about to do that." There are fewer words I care less to hear in rehearsal or class. It's not that I don't have sympathy for an actor or a student in the...

Improv and The Method

Character is movement and sound. This is what I tell company members and students. What about motivation and interior monologue? I don't care about those things. I don't think they have any place in improv and maybe not even in acting. Am I an iconoclast? A madman? A...

Simplicity in Improv

Tis a gift to be simple. -Quaker hymn Simplicity is one of the keys to good improvisation in the Transactors approach. This might come as a surprise to someone who sees one of our seemingly complex long-form performances, such as The Musical!. The easiest way to...

Exploration Versus Invention

For the last few years I have been exhorting company members, students, and myself to "explore" rather than "invent" while improvising. This is only an original idea in so far as we all learn things in a subjective way and in our own time. Paul Sills, the original...

Vulnerability in Improv

Some things are of that nature as to make One's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache. -John Bunyan Vulnerability probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think of improv. Certainly a great appeal for improv audiences is vicarious...

Spirituality in Improv

The laws of art are the same as the laws of morality. -Robert SchumannDuring a recent Transactors class, it struck me that I kept making references to tenets of various religions as I instructed my students. No, I wasn't telling them about tithing or Hallal butchering...

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