Recommended Reading
  • Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
    Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
    by Keith Johnstone
  • Acting on Impulse: The Art of Making Improv Theater
    Acting on Impulse: The Art of Making Improv Theater
    by Carol Hazenfield
  • Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
    Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
    by Keith Sawyer

Improv

Making stuff up is hard work, especially when you're doing it in a group. Working together in a way that moves beyond cooperation and takes us to the realm of collaboration is a passion of mine.

What have I done?

Since 2007 I've performed with the Ventura Improv Company. They're fantastic group of people who have taught me much about thinking and working in a different way than I was used to. As a result of my experiences with improv, I've started to research more about how collaboration works. Books like Keith Sawyer's Group Genius fascinate me because they point toward how the ideas we use in performance can be applied to innovation in other pursuits.

What do I want to do?

As an improviser, I want to continue to grow. Four years is not a terribly long time to have done improv. By now I do have a good sense of my strengths and weakness, and I want shore up those weaknesses. I'd also like to explore other forms of improv; my troupe has a heavy Theatresports background, and I'd like to try out some longer forms. I'd like to try my hand at teaching, though I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet.

I've dabbled in applying what improv has taught me to my other interested, especially my gaming and a little bit at work. I want to take that further. I'd love to connect with someone who has similar experiences and develop a more coherent understanding of when and how to create more collaborative environments.