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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 Phase: Fear. So many people at the start improvisation the first thing have to get over is...

Setting the Scene for an Improv Journey: Bovine Student Blog

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  • Thu, 06/14/2018

By Lucy Findley, Current Bovine Student & Intern

Easier said than done: this overused saying was running through my head before I pulled into the parking garage before my first Level 1 improv class at Bovine Metropolis Theater. I’ve wanted to do improv for years now, but I always managed to find an excuse to avoid signing up. What I didn’t realize then was that the timing was not the problem. I was the only thing holding myself back.

To throw in another overused saying― I am my own worst enemy. It really is true though. I know my potential, but...

Permission Granted!

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  • Tue, 06/27/2017

I hereby grant you permission to do whatever you feel would serve the greater good. I trust you. You should listen to that voice inside telling you to Go! 

 

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4 Steps to Better Improvising - A Classic Bovine Blog

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  • Wed, 05/24/2017

This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on February 7, 2008.

Make The World A Better Place - Classic Bovine Blog

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  • Tue, 05/03/2016

This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on December 12, 2008.

When I was in Chicago studying and performing improv in the early 90’s, I knew I wanted to come back to Denver and open a sketch comedy/long form improv club. I interviewed people like Joyce Sloane to get advice and input to how to go about such a juncture. I was speaking to Jo Forsberg about creating a directing class for me, so...

Got Group Mind?

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  • Thu, 04/07/2016

Group mind is the crowning achievement of improvisational theater. It is when all of us on stage are connected and participating and none of us are leading and the piece moves forward to it's inevitable conclusion, that no one saw coming. Our mirroring neurons are synched up and we are all thinking the same way. It is a rare event. Even when it does happen, sometimes it is just for a moment, or maybe a scene or if we are lucky we may reach group mind for a whole set. It is when we are on stage and feel like every move made is precipitated by the move before it. Everyone's choices are in...

Why "Where" Work? - Classic Bovine Blog

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  • Fri, 04/01/2016

This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on July 22nd 2010.

The first thing we teach in classes is object work and where work, the act of creating props and a set (location) out of thin air. It is also the first thing dropped by many improvisers as they learn new skills. If you teach someone how to do gibberish or character work, objects and the where fall by the wayside. When I look at YouTube...

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