Today was our final class for week three and it was a full day. We began with a typical warm-up of the game “Zip Zap Zop” followed by a partner exercise where two people spelled each letter of the alphabet together with their entire bodies. This was both hilarious and physically taxing. After we had […]Read more "Third week, fifth day of class: a third finale"
Today’s class began with a warm up exercise and then another montage/back line improv set. Jeff had us begin the scene and then as each person talked, the other person in the scene had to either back up or get closer to the other person depending on if they liked what the other person said. […]Read more "Third week, fourth day of class: New forms and new sketches"
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"