Jason Blackwater

Day: Thursday Time: 11:45 Class: Being Yourself “There will be times in this class where you will feel uncomfortable” I was somewhat hesitant about teaching this, a class that I’d experimented with in a drop in, as it had turned pretty intense at that time and the performance benefits aren’t immediately obvious. It involves some...
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  Stanislavski The Stanislavski system of Objectives refers to a character’s wants within a play. He theorised that the character will always want to achieve something by the end of the play and that every decision they make should lead them towards that goal in some way. Improvised Theatre This also applies to Improvised Theatre...
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by Jason Blackwater “What you’ve just experienced there is what we , in the improv world, call a ‘nirvana moment’. A complete absense of thought. Buddhists spend decades of their lives trying to achieve an emptiness of the mind and improvisers achieve it constantly” The above quote is something I’ve said in near enough every...
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by Jason Blackwater I read this article yesterday. It’s a short piece about Charna Halpern, owner of iO Chicago and Del Close’s partner in crime, having bought a new venue to move iO into, A $6 million project that will open it’s doors in 2014, and it got me thinking about the UK improv scene...
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by Jason Blackwater 10/7/2012 Teatro Lunar Another brilliant day (I would probab ly just assume that I’m having a brilliant time unless otherwise stated from here on out). Marla is a great teacher and I’m learning a lot already. Tag-outs, for example, which were something that I was pretty comfortable with have taken on a lot more...
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by Jason Blackwater 9/7/2012 iO Chicago Wherein Jason gets home and writes his blog about being away. Before I start, I would like to reiterate my clarification that there is no substitute for direct learning. Learning from a teacher, in a room, with other students is the ultimate in learning anything. Be it improv, music,...
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by Jason BlackwaterN.B – Wifi and computer time are hard to come by in Chicago so I’m going to attempt to catch you up on as much of the last 2 and a half weeks as I can. starting with… 7/7/12 Tasty’s, Astoria, New York It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t return to Tasty’s to...
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5/7/12 Astoria, New York”Where’s good for pancakes? I feel like I should have pancakes” In an effort to catch up and not consistently be a day behind I’m doing another blog. Yes, they’re coming pretty fast at the moment but I spent 6 hours on the most whistlestop of whistlestop tours of manhattan yesterday and...
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