March 30, 2020

I posted the write-up below on my Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography Facebook Page on March 29, 2020, and it went viral (maybe not the best choice of word to use during this Covid-19 crisis!). This post got shared over 60 times and had thousands of views. So, I deci...

November 29, 2019

“To be a child and yet to be able to escape all the punishments, all the dreary learning experiences, inherent in that condition is to be in a state of regressive bliss”

~ Film critic, Richard Schickel, on Charlie Chaplin

In the quote above, Schickel is referring to Char...

November 23, 2019

At the beginning of October, Dale and I took a two-day trip to the beautiful colonial town of Ouro Preto. While there, we purchased a soapstone Mask (see photo below). Soapstone is a type of “metamorphic” rock composed essentially of talc that makes it relatively soft....

November 13, 2019

“I used to enjoy physics. Why did I enjoy it? I used to play with it…. So I got this new attitude. Now that I am burned out and I’ll never accomplish anything, I’m going to play with physics, whenever I want to, without worrying about any importance whatsoever. Within...

November 6, 2019

Meu fotógrafo (“my photographer”), cozinheiro (“cook”), and assassino de mosquitos (“mosquito killer!”)…Dale…traveled back home today because his U.S. passport only allowed for a three-month stay. I will miss him terribly, but my last month here in Brazil will be very...

October 22, 2019

“I know of one acid test in the theatre. It is literally an acid test. When a performance is over, what remains? .... When emotion and argument are harnessed to a wish from the audience to see more clearly into itself—then something in the mind burns. The event scorche...

October 9, 2019

“Only one capable in the language common to the clown and to children, a language distanced from sense, would understand the clown himself, in whom fleeing Nature bids a shocked adieu…. Nature, so pitilessly suppressed by the process of becoming an adult, is, like that...

September 30, 2019

“One status relationship that gives immense pleasure to audiences is the master-servant scene” ~ Keith Johnstone (Impro 63)

As promised, my post this week will begin with master-servant and additional status techniques we are exploring in my Impro System Lab. I will als...

September 23, 2019

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible” ~ Paul Klee, c. 1910

Dale and I went to the wonderful “Paul Klee: Equilíbrio Instável” (Unstable Balance) exhibit this week at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Belo Horizonte. Klee (1879-1940), a Swiss...

September 16, 2019

“A skilled clown has no need to think ahead, he trusts always that ideas will present themselves…. When people start to learn clowning they attempt far too much, they won’t allow the events to carry them, they think ‘I do this’ instead of ‘this happens’” ~ Keith Johnst...

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