Am I A Steamroller?
For a lot of improvisers, being labeled a steamroller feels like having a scarlet “S” sewn into your flannel shirt. You get warned time and time again about it. You want to be a great partner! I can’t let my team down!
The good news is, if you’re even worried about this at all, you probably aren’t making a habit of playing that way. Let’s talk about what exactly Steamrolling is!
Improv Should Welcome All Ages
Lately, any time I get up to do a scene - in a show, a class, a jam, a rehearsal - I have one goal: to find joy in that scene. So how do we do that?
Don't Be A Jerk.
Don’t let your age hold you back from performing. There shouldn’t be an age where doing improv is no longer “allowed.” Shows are better the more diverse the cast is, and that includes age. There’s a place in improv for everyone, but only if we make the effort.
Set Goals. Live Forever.
Okay, we’ve all heard that “Yes, And” is the first rule of improv, but I’m going to do something truly wild here and disagree. (What?! Is that allowed? Help! Del, help!) (Okay, everyone calm down.)
The first - and possibly only - rule of improv is very simple. Don’t be a jerk.
3 Quick Tips For Attacking The Stage
Okay, let’s talk about goals.
Guess what? Goals are cool and healthy and every single person who takes an improv class or gets on a stage should have one. At least one! A few.
Have you ever been given the note that you need to “attack the stage” more? Here are 3 quick tips to help you do just that.