Improv workouts!

There are SO MANY workshops to take during nationals. Here are some things you can try out at home!

Trainer Henri Gielis wants you to get in touch with your body AND your mind. Physicality can inspire emotional reactions, and vice versa! So ‘clown’ around and use your body!

Shaking down Shakespeare: Genres.
Often we see genres showcased in style events, but playing with genres is also a fun way to get you out of your comfort zone! Nicole Passmore led a workshop on Shakespearean form. Some pillars of that form are iambic pentameter, prologues, epilogues and fun wordplay. To get in the poetic zone, try partner games where you swap the following:

  • Metaphors, using “I am a _____”
  • Similes, using “My love for you is like ________”
  • Quibbling, which is a type of wordplay where you pick one word from a sentence and form a sentence based on its alternate meanings.

Shakespearean insults, or “Flighting” is all about accepting those insults with enthusiasm and throwin’ it right on back. For example: “Why yes, I DO have a pig-face, all the better to be that way as it keeps people from making my company based only on my appearance.”

When you’re working in a new genre, take your time and find what comes naturally to say. This is not only more natural, but easier as well. And above all, don’t be afraid of failure. Just fail gloriously!

Pirate, Ninja, Robot:
What kind of improvisor are you? A wildcard? Someone who subtly plants a bit of information? Or is your brain like Google and keeps all that information to make sure things get done. Check out this video to get a feel on the ideas of ‘Pirate’ ‘Ninja’ and ‘Robot’!


Work That Mind!
Cam Chomyn and Andy Parry want to bust your brain with some brain teasers! Work out that grey matter at home with some of these exercises! They’re tough, but totally worth it!

First up: Ah-So-Cah
Ah-So-Cah is sort of like Zip Zap Zop. Players alternate saying Ah, So, and Cah while passing focus to another player with a hand motion. Easy enough right? Just wait.

Next: clapping at the same time with someone else to pass the focus.
Step two: alternate saying that person’s name when clapping and just being silent when clapping.
Step three: pointing at somebody and saying someone else’s name with the energy going to the name and not the point.

It’s hard to keep it all straight! As Cam says, if you have an impulse — even if it’s wrong — just go with it! You don’t want to be tentative on stage.

Another brain workout comes from Andy Parry. It’s a partner game, so pair up!
How to play:
Pick a partner and have two conversations at the same time, and talk at the same time.

A: how was the roller coaster?
B: hey, cool shoes!

A: thanks, the laces are slippery though.
B: super fun, and I didn’t even feel sick!)

NEXT: tell two stories at once, one word at a time. Very hard. It would be like reading two books at once, one word at a time, and trying to make sense of it. Ever tried that?! Well if you work out that noodle of yours, you’ll have a big strong brain in no time!