Today’s class began with some warm up exercises that lead into something more interesting. For 10 minutes, Jeff had us walk around aimlessly in the back of the room and then asked the general group questions like, “What was your favorite food as a child?” or “What was your favorite book?” It was very cool […]Read more "Third week, third day of class: Satire and pop culture"
We began today with some short improv scenes. Jeff had us start in a line against the back wall and randomly come out with no prompts and no particular initiator or responder. He stopped us during and implored us to access more genuine emotions and try to get to the “meat” of the scene more […]Read more "Third week, second day of class: A study in grounded emotions"
First day, third week! Jeff Bouthiette is our teacher. I saw him with Nicole in Fraudway a few weeks ago and he was also excellent. He seems very nice and very methodical. We started today with some warm up exercises and then some character work. He had us walk around the room and inhabit a […]Read more "Week three, first day of class: Delving into characters"
While I have been in Chicago, I started tutoring a precious 9-year-old named Angela. Her mother is originally from China and therefore English isn’t her first language. Because Angela enjoys writing and her mother can’t help her with the specifics because of her limited English, they hired me. Angela has a beautifully creative imagination. She […]Read more "Everything comes back to music"
Scene tag was the first game for today. Scene tag works like this: six people are up, three pairs of two. Each pair has a different suggestion. One pair begins and if there is a line that makes sense in any of the other pair’s suggestion, that pair claps once and repeats that line, justifying […]Read more "Second week, fifth day of class: Bad Habits and Bad Blackouts"
Today’s class was all about character development. Our first exercise involved inhabiting animal-like personas. Two people would go to the center of the room while the rest of the class would shout out animal suggestions. For example, if someone were to be suggested to act like a shark, they would take on the animal essence […]Read more "Second week, fourth day of class: Improv, Music, and Sketches. Oh my!"
Today’s class, rather than being focused on the internal drives, is focused on external drives. We started by walking around the room normally. Nicole would then say, “Walk around like you’re the Queen of England” or “Lead with your nose when you walk” or “Lead with your shoulders.” Whatever that meant to each of us […]Read more "Second week, third day of class: A Study In Self-Discovery"