• A Wonderful Reward

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    Today’s Play workshop was incredible. It was amazing watching each student unravel their fears after giving them permission to let their inner child come to the surface.

    Why is it that we can call our inner child to the surface so well in improv, but in the rest of life it is so difficult to give ourselves permission to play? I’m working to change that for myself and invite you to do the same. Baby steps. I think the outcome will be a wonderful reward.


    With Love,


  • Celebration

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    There is something sacred in allowing yourself to be seen authentically. By trusting someone to lead you in a series of games, barriers are broken. Patterns of behavior that once served and comforted you now fall away.

    When these folks came to Self Awareness tonight, they said YES! to the unknown. They allowed me to lead them to some of their patterns without any of us knowing what they would find. Together we shed light on their authenticity and they found freedom in being in scenes together.

    My favorite quote from a student this evening was from Nick Trotter. In realizing the simplicity of using your current emotional space to ground yourself and start a scene he said, “Maybe it’s just a celebration of the emotional state you’ve been carrying all day.” My second favorite quote from tonight came from Dave Schultz when he said, “what’s cool about this exercise is that it’s sincere.” Finally, my third favorite quote came from Heather Curran when coming back from break she said, “I don’t fucking give a shit! I’ll eat as many Munchies as I want and I’ll still fucking eat dinner later.”

    Del was right. Improvisation is theater of the heart. Let’s break this bastard open.


    Honoring your inner authenticity,



  • Today’s Thought

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    “Don’t bring a cathedral into a scene. Bring a brick; let us build together.”

    ~Del Close

    Without you, Gaining Perspective would have no reason to exist. Without one another, our creations would be less majestic. Without play, life would be dull. But it all comes from starting with the first brick. No one is perfect the first time they try anything. There is always room for improvement.

    What bricks are you bringing to the fun?


  • The Unknown

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    “Body-mind intuition. That’s what we’re after.” ~Viola Spolin

    An Audio Profile of Viola Spolin
  • Childhood Inspiration

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    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 he looked like my next door neighbor and seemed friendly. Clearly he inspired the person who created this video enough to remind myself and others in my generation the pure intention of Mr. Roger’s message. While listening to this, I know why my heart was drawn to him. I believe his message even more now than what I probably understood as a child.

    Take the time and listen by clicking on the following link and you’ll see what I mean.


    Mr. Rogers Remixed


    Did you ever grow anything in the garden of YOUR mind?

     All you have to do is think and they’ll grow!

    It’s good to be curious about many things.