Dear Improvisors: Part 1

A letter to all present and future improvisors

Dear improvisors,

Please care.

Please care enough to show up on time, warm up, and attack the stage.

Please remember that yes is always the answer. Always.

Please be fearless.

Please listen more than talk.

Please leave your ego at the door.

Please start your shows on time.

Please dress nicer than jeans, tennis shoes, work boots, t-shirts, plaid shirts and wool or baseball hats.

Please respect the audience.

Please respect each other.

Please love each other on and off stage.

Please make each other look good.

Please listen more than talk.

Please play.

Please play to the utmost height of your intelligence.

Please let the audience fall in love with you because that's what they came to do.

Please remember that they want you to do well.

Please remind no training center owes you anything more than training. And if you don't like the teacher, let the school know.

Please surround yourself with people who say "yes, and..."

Please remember that yelling is not funny. Nor is bullying or making fun of your scene partner.

Please remember simulating sex on stage doesn't work.

Please remember there is no pill to give grandpa that stops "crazy", only justifications that need to happen.

Please avoid one liners and jokes.

Please commit. To your scene partners. To the scene. Mostly, to yourself and your choices.

Please keep the integrity in your work.

Please remember it's still theater and humor is a by-product which shouldn't be the focus.

Please listen more than talk.

Please embrace the silence.

Please make each other look good.

Please be confident, not arrogant.

Please pick what shows you really want to do, not say yes to every show offered.

Please be great with one group versus four or five.

Please rehearse and be professional.

Please listen more than talk.

Please take care of each other.

Please make each other look good.

Please remember you are never alone.

Please remember to Live - Laugh - Love.

And please, please remember, as Martin deMaat said, “You are pure potential.”

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If you’re feeling particularly brave, share your experiences in the comments section below.

Written 6 years, 6 months ago.
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