Thursday, May 15, 2014


It all started on a dark winter afternoon. I wanted to take a course in something, and chanced a glance at improv classes.

Theater? Acting?  MICHAEL SCOTT WITH A GUN??

This was all that I associated Improv with.

Just the idea seemed very alien and scary.
So I dove in, and did it.
Improv classes at Bad Dog Theatre Co.
Turned out to be a very good decision.

An 8-Giraffe Man and Guy at Bus Stop: Sully and Jimmy

In one class we did an exercise which involved incorporating an animal's mannerisms into our own character, from a range of 1 to 10, (1 being ourselves, and 10 the animal).  The overall setup may be simple, but the animal factor creates an interesting dynamic, bringing the scenario to a whole new level!

This scene, played by classmates Sully and Jimmy, turned out really well, and I was inspired to draw it like in a children's book. So I took out a couple of books from the library, and merged their illustration styles to make this.

After taking improv classes, I now associate it with:
Theater, Acting, Michael Scott with a gun...

An awesome teacher and enthusiastic bunch of classmates made for a fantastic experience.
From these classes, I learnt tips, tricks and techniques for character acting, cooky story telling and EVERYTHING ELSE IN LIFE.

If you have the option for taking up improv in your city, DO IT!

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