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Do you speak improv?

I am sometimes asked “How long does it take to become a good improviser?”

Getting to be a good improviser can take a short time, somewhere between a year or two. For some people it is a much longer journey. It’s like learning to speak a foreign language, we all process differently. Improv beginners start by focusing on listening, “yes, &ing”, thinking about what are the parts of a good scene. At some point in time, they don't have to think so hard about what to do. They get a certain amount of time practicing and they start to improvise easier, thinking less, playing more, that is when they start on the journey to improv joy. Just like when...

Sprechen Sie Improv?

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  • Tue, 02/26/2019
Do you speak improv?

I am sometimes asked “How long does it take to become a good improviser?”

Getting to be a good improviser can take a short time, somewhere between a year or two. For some people it is a much longer journey. It’s like learning to speak a foreign language, we all process differently. Improv beginners start by focusing on listening, “yes, &ing”, thinking about what are the parts of a good scene. At some point in time, they don't have to think so hard about what to do. They get a certain amount of time practicing and they start to improvise easier,...

I'm Sorry

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  • Sat, 02/09/2019
I'm Sorry

Sometimes an apology is a way to say that our relationship is more important than me being “right” or “winning”.

When we stop fighting on stage, we are showing that we value the group mind more than our own fear, pre-conceptions, and control.

Creating a shared experience and reality together is the reward.

Improv Stage - Ouija Board

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  • Wed, 01/23/2019
Ouija Board

Back in 1989 when I first started studying improv, I wanted to get all the materials I could get my hands on to read about my art. There was a used bookstore on Clark Street in Chicago. I wandered in there looking for improv books. I remember thinking how strange that they put the improv section right next to the occult section, rather than next to the theater section.

There is something mystical about improv. There is something that extends beyond our senses when we are on an improv stage. We're getting outside of our heads, and our bodies to connect with other people. We're...

An Improvisers Journey

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  • Wed, 10/10/2018
Leap

Anyone who is skilled in the art of improvisation can tell you that there is three distinct phases for new improvisers. The phases are usually progressive and not all of them are always achieved. Players can plateau in a phase and never let themselves transcend it. I hear a lot from people "I'm stuck". These folks are usually at the end of one phase and are about to transition to the next phase. The trick is that every transition requires time, guts and trust. 

So let's talk about the three phases for improvisers I see the most here at the Bovine School Improv.

First...

If you name, it you care for it.

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  • Wed, 10/10/2018
Hello my name is

When you're a kid you name everything. The name your dolls, your bike, even rocks. When I was a kid, I had a plant named Norman. When you get older you still name things. The things you name as an adult are bigger and a little bit more important, so they still get names. Your pet, your car, your kids you get to name them all.

You name these things because their special. They are important to you. You give them names so you you can have a connection to them.

It also is true that the things that we name, we care for. We care for our dogs, we care for cats, we care for our kids...

Setting the Scene with Frankie Millington

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  • Thu, 09/27/2018
Setting the Scene - Bovine Student Blog

Starting in September 2018 our Student Blog will highlight various Bovinians!  Featuring current students, former students, teachers, etc., all sharing their stories and perspective on what the Bovine and their improv experience means to them.


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