Stephanie McCullough is a music director, teacher, and composer at the Second City Training Center. Stephanie was the coordinator for the First Annual “Yes, and Mental Health” conference. For many years psychotherapists have been using improv comedy games and exercises in their practice, but this was the first time we gathered together to share our experience, strength, and vision. Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors and improvisers from all over the country and abroad, presented inspiring workshops on using improv in clinical and other settings. Continue reading “Stephanie McCullough – Improvisor/Psychologist”
Join us for a delightful talk with a woman who has brought improv to so many people.She is the author of the award-winning book, IMPROV WISDOM: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up (Bell Tower, 2005). Improv Wisdom
She shares how she discovered improv through her passion for Tai Chi, which led her to study with Keith Johnstone. She is a Professor Emerita from Stanford University where she began teaching in 1977. In the Drama Department, she served as the head of the undergraduate acting division and developed the improvisation program. She founded and coached the Stanford Improvisors and taught beginning and advanced level courses in improvisation for undergraduate as well as adults in Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. Continue reading “Patricia Ryan Madson-Improv Wisdom”
Meet Kat Koppett,a dynamic improviser, consultant, actor and mother who I met through her book,”Training to Imagine”. Listen as Kat describes her life as an actor, improviser and popular trainer. If you’re near New York state be sure and visit the Mopco Theatre with lively improv shows and classes!Continue reading “Kat Koppett – Improvisor, Trainer, Author”
Meet Joe Bill, an international improv teacher and performer and co-founder of the Annoyance Theater and tours with Mark Sutton in Bassprov. Bill taught at Second City, The Annoyance and iO Chicago and continues to teach around the world. Listen to Joe Bill discuss what he loves about teaching, The Annoyance, and his unique psychological and spiritual approach to the art of improvisational comedy.Continue reading “Joe Bill – Master Improv Teacher”
Dr. Daniel Wiener is a pioneer in the work of integrating improvisational theatre games with psychotherapy. His groundbreaking book, “Rehearsals for Growth”, published in 1994 inspired many therapists around the world to explore this valuable and effective intervention. Dan shares how he discovered improv and how he continues to live a playful life today. Continue reading “Daniel Wiener PH.D – Rehearsals for Growth”
What do Firesign Theatre, fasting, the original Ghostbusters, film editing and improvisational theatre have in common? Sam Longoria!
Sam made his first film when he was 14. He has worked with many Hollywood legends, on several Academy Award and Grammy nominated films and music.
Sam recommends Byron Katie’s book, “Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life” which changed his life. Byron Katie. He supports Actor Richard Dreyfuss’s project, The Civics Initiative, which stresses Civics Education in America Richard Dreyfuss Civics Initiatve Richard Dreyfuss Thank you Continue reading “Sam Longoria – Improvisor, Actor”
Assael Romanelli, MSW is an improviser/therapist who recently published his PhD research study on training therapists in improvisation skills.
Listen to how Assael’s path in improvisation theatre, psychotherapy and education led him to this groundbreaking research. Hear about the ways in which these disciplines come together to create a new, synergistic training which can help generate healing and growth processes for the individual and relationship. Continue reading “Assael Romanelli MSW-Improv for Therapists”
Part 2 of Improv Interviews with Bernie De Koven – the master of play! Visit his website http://www.deepfun.com where you’ll find wonderful articles and videos about his career in play. While you’re at it, go to http://www.aplayfulpath.com and get the copy of his newest book, A Playful Path.
Over 40 years ago I attended New Games Foundation training and became a Certified New Games Referee. Imagine my delight and honor to meet Bernie De Koven, the man who was pivotal in the New Games movement. Bernie is an amazing person whose energy and love of play have helped thousands of folks realize that play is as important for adults as it is for kids! Bernie De Koven is a “founding father of play studies,” creating the Games Preserve, the first centre for the exploration of games and play for adults, Bernie continues to this day to explore the theory of fun and playfulness and how it can affect every aspect of personal and interpersonal, community and institutional health.Continue reading “Bernie DeKoven – Shaman of Play (Part 1 of 2)”
In this episode actor, comedian and improv master, Jimmy Carrane speaks about his history in improv comedy, how he developed his groundbreaking improv intensive workshop, “Art of Slow Comedy,” and how he dealt with his own personal challenges.Continue reading “Jimmy Carrane – Improviser/Teacher”