Teaching

Having a foot in both the improvisation and the teacher camps, I have often mused and been asked about how people could use the techniques of comedy improvisation for teachers.  Here is my brief journey… I started teaching piano in 2002.  I had one pupil who I would teach in the piano shop I worked...
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Improvisation Classes: Using good techniques to avoid bad reviews. Improvisation classes are popping up everywhere nowadays and the participants are from extraordinarily diverse sectors of society.  Many improv schools have their own flavour of improvisation techniques and styles so choosing which class to attend can be tricky.  One of the most important factors is having...
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Using Improvisation In The Workplace Improvisation is defined as the act of creating something spontaneously or without preparation. But how much can you actually improvise or apply the techniques of improv in the workplace? And why would you? Surely work is the one place that you need to prepare… If you read this article you’ll...
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Improvisation is a thing in its own right. Here’s how to book it for your event. This is a short article to confirm that improvisation, or to give it its snappier name, ‘improv’, is indeed a thing. That might sound obvious, particularly to improvisers, but there are possibly a couple of misapprehensions that need clearing...
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  The Leela Bubble By Heather Urquhart The Maydays Improv Retreat is my happy place, no doubt about it and this year more than ever I was desperate to cross the magical threshold into Leela living. The previous 2 months had been crazy busy and I’d come out of a 4 show Edinburgh Festival, straight...
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The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the Maydays Improv Retreat (23rd – 27th September) in memory of our friend, teacher and mentor Jason Chin. Jason was a huge influence on the development and spirit of the Maydays. At a practical level our show, “Tonight’s Top Story”, was blatantly stolen from the format of “Whirled...
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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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This is my first appearance on the Maydays blog roll. I arrive as a man who was once known as the Hip-hop Encyclopedia. My occasionally impressive trivia knowledge, sat at the back of my brain, sometimes bursts forth to take the form of externalised rap verbiage, straight outta my face. I think the Maydays accepted...
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