Graduated from Musical Improv 301 this week! The class, hosted at The Clubhouse, finished off with a 30 minute set during The Coconut Club, a bi-weekly musical improv show at the venue, where we improvised "Hip-Hop: The Musical!"
It has been so fun to grow with my classmates over the past two years and get extra time to focus on song structure, storytelling, and capital-M "Musical" performance outside of my work with Robot Teammate and Sumeau. Teacher Tara Copeland came highly recommended by my fave instructor at UCB, Jess Eason, and offers several levels of musical improv instruction here!
Been improvising at least five days a week between class, Robot, and Laughter for a Change jams (where we've been playing with a reallllly fun new form and a new outreach program is bubbling!) which has been an excellent counterpart to revising drafts and songwriting for TIMEHEART. Sad for this class to be ending, but I'm excited to focus on my next performance goal - playing guitar while performing musical improv! More on that soon....
This week, the improv-outreach non profit I work with, Laughter for a Change, announced that we're finally ready to roll out our improv curriculum videos! This means that anyone, anywhere in the world can watch our videos and learn simple improv games to try out at home, work, or within their own organizations.
The curriculum was shot in a warehouse south of LA over a series of weekends over the past year or so, and features some of the games L4C's Comedy Mentors use in our outreach programs for Warming Up, Team Building, and Storytelling. We've always been interested in encouraging people to experience the transformative power of play, and have had a great deal of success leading these games IRL, so the videos are a natural extension of L4C's mission.
My mentor and L4C Executive Director, Ed Greenberg, is also making himself available each week on Skype to answer any questions viewers may have about the games or how to implement them into their existing work, which is super rad. He is an incredible improviser and is always reflecting on improv on his blog, so be sure to check him out there.
I'm really excited to see the response to the videos, as we have already connected with people who run their own non-profits from as far away as Ghana and are looking for new ways to build community and connect. I'm sure we are going to learn a LOT from the feedback we receive.
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Fake Eye Glasses + Robot Necklace - from SoKo, a gift from Chrissy teacher; Squares Sweater and Brown Leather Boots - Teresa Calabrese hand-me-downs; Orange babydoll dress - Dr. Michy Primeau authentic 90s hand-me-down; Beige leg warmers - Target circa 2006; Handmade Circle necklace - Katie Skelton original piece of art; Elephant ring - gift from my aunt, Sacramento's biggest supporter of independent craftspeople; Photo credit: MacGregor Leo
My best friend (and sometimes stylist) Teresa Calabrese said that I should start a fashion blog to share my unique personal fashion sense, so here goes nothing. Welcome to Weird Looks Weds, my weekly photo essay for 2015.
I'm no model, so I'm gonna go ahead and wear my special glasses in my photos, plus it gives me a good excuse to use the word weird in my blog titles. I don't necessarily think that I dress strangely, but I certainly have had enough people compliment me and say 'only I could pull off that outfit' that I must assume I'm doing something cool. Growing up in a Catholic school uniform, I have a tendency towards odd pairings and over-accessorizing (as Elke would say, I dress like Mr. F from Arrested Development), but at very least my friends can now see that I am putting their hand-me-downs to good use.
Descriptions of the origin of my garments are in the caption above - and if you'd like to send me fun clothes to wear, you can always hit me up in the comments or my contact page ;)
Thanks for your curiosity - and Happy New Year!