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  • Childhood Inspiration

    I’ve had friends on Facebook posting this video for a week or two and haven’t looked at it until today. As I’m watching it for the fist time, I am compelled to share it here with you. As a child, I would watch Mr. Rogers regularly. I’m not exactly sure what drew me to him, other than the fact that

  • Why Would You Do THAT?

    A few days ago, I received a call from a potential student who was interested in knowing more about the philosophy of Gaining Perspective, as well as future dates for workshops. What really threw me most was his following question: I saw on your website you have an entire page filled with links to your competition. Why would you do

  • The Foundation

    The foundation of what I teach is simplistic–simplistic, but not naive. I don’t oversimplify improvisation because I don’t understand it. To the contrary, it is precisely because I understand it that I can ignore the complexities and complications that others (and ourselves) feel are necessary to make it “better.” Through this philosophy, all of Gaining Perspective’s students are shown how

  • The Work Before Ego

    I’ve been improvising and teaching improv for a long time. I won’t bore anyone with the number of years because ultimately that does not matter. I don’t believe your ability to improvise comes in a quantifiable form, but rather by simply doing. I live by the theory that the work of improvisation is more important than all else, by which

  • The Personification of NO!

    During holiday time spent with my in-laws, my father-in-law and I were home watching television. Because he had control of the remote, we landed on Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Certainly not a choice I would have made, but I allowed it, as I wasn’t feeling well and simply wanted my mind off of being ill for Christmas. During this particular episode,

  • Regarding play…

    “You play from inspiration, not obligation.” -Mick Napier

  • A Dream Realized

    Sometimes in life, you have dreams that you chew on only in thought form. They make your heart sing as the “What ifs…?” arise within you, but somehow these dreams never see the light of day. Last night, I saw what happens when a dream is realized. Our first show, which included three really great sets that raise bars and

  • Cause and Effect

    I spent Halloween helping friends pass out candy in their neighborhood. It was a blast seeing all of the kids, young and old, dressed in their costumes. My favorite kids were the ones who had the ritual down. March up to the door, boldly announce “Trick or Treat” and receive their goods. Others would come to the door, extend their

  • Del Close on the Harold

    This is a must-watch for anyone who is familiar with Del and his creation, the Harold. For the newer generation of improvisers, it is fascinating to hear him talk about the inception of the Harold, his dislike of the name, and what his goals are for improv actors within the piece. Enjoy!

  • Allowing all to be

    Have you ever been so out of control, you don’t even know who you are anymore? If you answer no, please forgive me, but I’m calling you on it. There are times in our lives when we get so far away from who we truly are that we lose control. Demands of work, family, friends, our own inner dialogue, etc.,