Kenn Adams on Improvisation

Kenn Adams What an enjoyable and informative interview with Kenn Adams. He is a high-energy person with a wealth of experience in improv and playwriting and we had a lively chat. He is the creator of the classic short-form improv games Sit, Stand and Kneel and The Family Dinner (a.k.a. Ding/Buzz or Biography) as well as The Story Spine, a simple exercise for understanding story structure that has been embraced by improvisers, writers and teachers the world over. I got to play Story Spine with him and had so much fun!
He attributes his improv and acting career to his high school drama teacher, Scott Martin where he learned Paul Sills’s Story Theatre. He attributes y Laura Livingston of “Freestyle Repertory Theater, the New York Home for TheatreSports” with teaching him improvisation. Kenn shared his improv, acting, and playwriting journey. He started writing when he was six years old and has continued ever since. Kenn is the Artistic Director of Synergy Theater and the author of the book How to Improvise a Full-Length Play; The Art of Spontaneous Theater Kenn began his career in New York City with Freestyle Repertory Theater, the New York Home for TheatreSports, and has been performing, directing, and teaching improvisation for 30 years. In addition, Kenn uses the practice of applied improvisation to design and facilitate organizational development curricula in the areas of leadership development, creativity, and innovation.     You can learn about more fascinating improv teachers and innovators including Colin Mochrie and David Pasquesi on my podcast. *Improv Interviews podcast‘ is introduced by Susan L. Parker of

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