So I too had my first Improv workshop, and signed the family up for the Joliet Drama Guild. No worries, I am not giving up my day job just yet. Kayce Alltop was the Improv master, or the one who taught the work shop. She made even those who were not actors like myself very at ease. I must say, that I learned alot. I also feel that Improvisation or this type of workshop can help one with every day work as well, not just actors. It certainly helped me.
I was excited to hear she was an accomplished actor/person. She's directing and doing improv @ second city, which I find very cool. She also does voice over work. If you ever do get a chance, out of curiosity, as I did to take an Improv class I encourage you so. It was a lot of fun.
The one exercise I really like was the YES AND.....
you couldn't start a dialogue without saying this. This did two things. Yes and....
built on story line. I bought donuts...(next person: Yes and....)
Acceptance was another theory. You accepted what the other person said...I bought donuts, YES AND...yes and I ate them, yes and, Yes and they were good donuts, I need more.
We keep conversations like this going in our every day life and don't even realize we are doing it.
Our next game...is something I am sure we all ask our kids during the day at one point...."what are you doing"
You really had to be quick and think. Creativity was a must. This is a great tool, and can beeven made fun at parties.
I really look forward to more Joliet Drama Guild workshops. I plan to be a little more active, although my degree is in nursing, and I am no actor....I am going to see where this might lead me.
Unitl next time.