MEMORIES OF THE WTC

Margot WTCI’d just been in NY for the most popular game show and it was pretty exciting. But the memory that stands out in my mind the February night in 2001 was the indelible sight memory of the Twin Towers that cloudless night. I’d lived in the city when the towers were being built. There were wonderful memories of being at the top where one could see for miles and miles and miles. Enjoying meals with my parents, also long gone, at Windows of the World.

As we approach 20 years since the towers went down I am forever grateful that ABC paid for a trip to the city so that I could see them one last time!

Chris Alvarado Improv Teacher and Actor

Chris Alvarado
Chris AlvaradoChris Alvarado is an amazing improv teacher and actor. I met Chris through our mutual friend, Jay Sukow. Chris has been improvising for 24years and is a master teacher. Chris is so easy to talk with and for half of the interview he’s actually interviewing me! He is incredibly direct, honest, and committed to his art. He is from LA and became addicted to improv at his first class at a community college, where he remained for six years. He traveled to Chicago’s Second City with the hopes of being the next SNL sensation. He returned to LA to study at the IO West, UCB, Westside Comedy Theatre & Second City LA. We talk about the fear of taking an improv class and how brave students are when they walk into their first class – and come back. His podcasts are wonderful and I hope you’ll check them out! Even better, try one of his classes!

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Improv for People with Parkinson’s, MS and their Care Partners – with Margot Escott, LCSW

This multi-week class is Improv for people with Movement Disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, MS) and care Partners. Improvisational Theatre Games are being used clinically over the world. Improv classes are being offered for stress management, coping with life challenges, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Neuroscience tells us that play, when combined with the trust-building of improv experiences, builds “pro-social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways.” This is important for adults who are dealing with significant physical and emotional difficulties.  A student shared their thoughts on this class. “All of us have PD at different levels and we’re all trying to accept our challenges. For some of us, communication can be embarrassing and this helps us learn to speak out and not be afraid to use our voices.”
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Fearless Improv on Zoom with Margot Escott, LCSW

fearless improv

WHAT: Fearless Improv on Zoom
WHEN: Wednesday, July 21, 2021;  5:30-7:00 pm (EST)
(Weekly drop-in class)
No commitment is needed. Just drop in and have fun.
WHERE: Online! Email Margot Escott for login information
COST: $10 suggested donation per class (Pay through Venmo to @Margot-Escott)

INSTRUCTOR: Margot Escott, LCSW
WHO: Improv for Wellness is about playing games and having fun. It’s not about being funny or memorizing scripts. The improv games and laughter we share in this multi-week class, have tremendous therapeutic benefits. Come play in a space that is free of judgment or fear of failure, making it an ideal environment for people who struggle with anxiety or physical impairment. A great way for all ages and abilities to let go, laugh and meet fun friends.

About Margot Escott: Margot has been teaching improv online and in-person for over 10 years. As a student, Margot studied improv greats like Jay Sukow, Gary Schwartz, Aretha Sills &David Razowski?

 

Improv for People with Parkinson’s, MS and their Care Partners – with Margot Escott, LCSW

This multi-week class is Improv for people with Movement Disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, MS) and care Partners. Improvisational Theatre Games are being used clinically over the world. Improv classes are being offered for stress management, coping with life challenges, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Neuroscience tells us that play, when combined with the trust-building of improv experiences, builds “pro-social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways.” This is important for adults who are dealing with significant physical and emotional difficulties.  A student shared their thoughts on this class. “All of us have PD at different levels and we’re all trying to accept our challenges. For some of us, communication can be embarrassing and this helps us learn to speak out and not be afraid to use our voices.”
Find out more »

Fearless Improv on Zoom with Margot Escott, LCSW

fearless improv

WHAT: Fearless Improv on Zoom
WHEN: Wednesday, July 21, 2021;  5:30-7:00 pm (EST)
(Weekly drop-in class)
No commitment is needed. Just drop in and have fun.
WHERE: Online! Email Margot Escott for login information
COST: $10 suggested donation per class (Pay through Venmo to @Margot-Escott)

INSTRUCTOR: Margot Escott, LCSW
WHO: Improv for Wellness is about playing games and having fun. It’s not about being funny or memorizing scripts. The improv games and laughter we share in this multi-week class, have tremendous therapeutic benefits. Come play in a space that is free of judgment or fear of failure, making it an ideal environment for people who struggle with anxiety or physical impairment. A great way for all ages and abilities to let go, laugh and meet fun friends.

About Margot Escott: Margot has been teaching improv online and in-person for over 10 years. As a student, Margot studied improv greats like Jay Sukow, Gary Schwartz, Aretha Sills &David Razowski?

 

Improv for People with Parkinson’s, MS and their Care Partners – with Margot Escott, LCSW

This multi-week class is Improv for people with Movement Disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, MS) and care Partners. Improvisational Theatre Games are being used clinically over the world. Improv classes are being offered for stress management, coping with life challenges, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Neuroscience tells us that play, when combined with the trust-building of improv experiences, builds “pro-social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways.” This is important for adults who are dealing with significant physical and emotional difficulties.  A student shared their thoughts on this class. “All of us have PD at different levels and we’re all trying to accept our challenges. For some of us, communication can be embarrassing and this helps us learn to speak out and not be afraid to use our voices.”
Find out more »

Fearless Improv on Zoom with Margot Escott, LCSW

fearless improv

WHAT: Fearless Improv on Zoom
WHEN: Wednesday, July 21, 2021;  5:30-7:00 pm (EST)
(Weekly drop-in class)
No commitment is needed. Just drop in and have fun.
WHERE: Online! Email Margot Escott for login information
COST: $10 suggested donation per class (Pay through Venmo to @Margot-Escott)

INSTRUCTOR: Margot Escott, LCSW
WHO: Improv for Wellness is about playing games and having fun. It’s not about being funny or memorizing scripts. The improv games and laughter we share in this multi-week class, have tremendous therapeutic benefits. Come play in a space that is free of judgment or fear of failure, making it an ideal environment for people who struggle with anxiety or physical impairment. A great way for all ages and abilities to let go, laugh and meet fun friends.

About Margot Escott: Margot has been teaching improv online and in-person for over 10 years. As a student, Margot studied improv greats like Jay Sukow, Gary Schwartz, Aretha Sills &David Razowski?

 

Improv for People with Parkinson’s, MS and their Care Partners – with Margot Escott, LCSW

This multi-week class is Improv for people with Movement Disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, MS) and care Partners. Improvisational Theatre Games are being used clinically over the world. Improv classes are being offered for stress management, coping with life challenges, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Neuroscience tells us that play, when combined with the trust-building of improv experiences, builds “pro-social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways.” This is important for adults who are dealing with significant physical and emotional difficulties.  A student shared their thoughts on this class. “All of us have PD at different levels and we’re all trying to accept our challenges. For some of us, communication can be embarrassing and this helps us learn to speak out and not be afraid to use our voices.”
Find out more »

Ron Jarvis – From Clowning to Improvisation

improv interviews ron Jarvis
ron jarvisRon Jarvis is certainly a Renaissance man. He is a writer, actor, improviser, and really great human.  He’s also truly an adventurous soul! He shared the story of his bucolic childhood that led him to sail on a Norwegian freighter to exotic places to his entry into clown college and being a clown with the Ringling Circus. You’ll love his stories of working with clowns and other circus folks! His love of elephants and working with them is truly a love story! His life changed when he was still at the circus and had time off to see the Lampoon Comedy show in 1975.
         
 
That cast included Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Brian Doyle-Murray. After returning to see several shows he said to himself, “I want to do that” and headed to Chicago to audition at Second City. His first show was as a heckler in the audience, irritating other folks until he was invited on stage, by his clown partner who was also in the cast, and they engaged in a wild clown fight that brought down the house. He shares stories of studying with Del Close and Bernie Sahlens.
 

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