Balancing Improv and School

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Monday, November 3, 2014 In : Improv in Life 
 If you are reading this, you are wondering whether a school/improv balance can be done. You might be asking whether one will interfere with the other. I'm sorry if you have every had to make the decision to weigh one versus the other. Some would argue that improv is the perfect remedy to the stress and structure of schoolwork. But that's not why you are reading this, is it? It's come down to time. You only have so much and you are trying to "do the right thing" and make a mature decision.

The...
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New Improviser Survey, 3 of 3

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Thursday, August 14, 2014

This is the last of the series created from a brief survey sent to experienced improvisers. The goal is to provide tips for newcomers to improv, so they can get different perspectives. Although there is a lot of info here, it's all valuable. My suggestion: just focus on something from the list that resonates with you. Otherwise, it can be overwhelming.

What advice do you want to share about getting comfortable and "up to speed" with performing?

Improv is like walking a tight rope with a net bel...


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New Improviser Survey, 2 of 3

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Friday, August 1, 2014
The second and third sections resulting from the survey are entirely comprised of comments. No data here. Just delicious thoughts. Happy reading!

Question: What advice do you want to share about joining a new team?

- "Yes, and" everything. Try leading for a bit, then try following. Take note of when it works best for you to follow and lead. You'll find you have specific unique connections with each player, and it shouldn't take long before you develop a groove with those people. Work in that an...

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New Improviser Survey, part 1 of 3

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Saturday, July 26, 2014 In : Performance tips 

A lot of great information was provided by a lot of people. Enough info, in fact, that it will be broken up into three parts to make it digestible. I want to thank everyone who submitted, but since I have the opportunity, here are some folks who did not submit anonymously. Anonymous or not, all the comments were valuable.

-          Nate Smith

-          Katie

-          Zach Moore

-          Nick McEnery

-          Donny

-          John Langen

-          Dustin Reppell

-          Zach...


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My Pork Steak Recipe

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Sunday, July 20, 2014
I finally nailed it! 

So in the kitchen, I improvise, but I've always got one eye on history. When it's time for Daddy to make a meal, he has allrecipes.com on screen. But I will never, never, EVER follow the instructions. Not exactly. Just like with performance improv, I feel like I am always circling the perfect scene/chilli/burger/pork steak. Some of the trouble comes with memory - I forget what I did last time - which is where notes come into play. It's good to get notes and it's good to t...
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Welcome to Improv 101

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Sunday, July 20, 2014 In : Ensemble 
Improv is not just about a team. It's about these quivering globs of potential we call "people" which come together and react to each other. Over time, these globs learn more about each other and their reactions become potent. But what about the first time they come together? You know, when they cross the space between "individual glob" and "team of globs" for the first time and they have to (gulp) learn to interact with the other globs. You just want to nudge that little glob forward, don't ...
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Down with PowerPoint! Up with Improv!

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Monday, March 17, 2014 In : Improv in Life 

This is a great article describing how businesses, military, and scientists are all starting to bail on PowerPoint-style presentations in favor of a more engaging, interactive, style. What is interesting is the value of improvisational skills required by the "new" approach.

My favorite excerpt:

  • Andrew Askew, an assistant professor of physics at Florida State University... admits the presentations[without PowerPoint] are now considerably longer.... It's also been harder to find speakers, because...

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Trusting Yourself More - The Reactive Approach

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Monday, March 17, 2014 In : Performance tips 
Let's get real. There are two reasons you don't care about the "Proactive Approach." 1) You're a human living in USA 2014 so you don't have time. 2) You're an improviser, so planning is for lames.

Okay, point taken. (Please don't get mad if I don't entirely agree with you, but what is important is that I have felt the way you do right now.) Regardless whether you do or don't take a proactive approach, the following might be useful to you.

Here are CORE's nuggets for getting rid of the creeping ...
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Trusting Yourself More - The Proactive Approach

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 In : Performance tips 
Do you trust yourself onstage yet?

I hope the answer is yes, but let's get real. It's not always going to be that way. Some days are better than others and there's no explanation for it. Self doubt comes like a thief in the night.

I was sitting in a meeting today, peering down at the agenda, and realized - gadzooks - I might be expected to present something here. My mind clouded and I started fumbling around on my laptop, rapidly gathering information I might need to sound like a coherent pers...
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Trusting Yourself

Posted by Ben Swoboda on Thursday, February 20, 2014 In : Performance tips 
A student once told me that the most valuable phrase they heard me tell them was "Trust Yourself." Don't get me wrong, I'm not bragging about inventing a"Just Do It" phrase. Trust Yourself isn't exactly bold new territory. In fact, I was a little fed up at the time because the performer - who is very talented - was worrying over the details of a new game he was learning. When he committed to trusting himself, he rocked the scene. It was a breakthrough for him. 

That "Trust youself" moment reso...
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