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Applied improvisation podcast. Interviewing people from all over the world who use improv in their work and life.

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Applied improvisation podcast. Interviewing people from all over the world who use improv in their work and life.

    Podcast: Jim Ansaldo – Teaching improvisation to teenagers with autism

    Podcast: Jim Ansaldo – Teaching improvisation to teenagers with autism

    Jim Ansaldo is a Research Scholar at Indiana University Bloomington, a member of Comedysportz Indianapolis and an instructor at Camp Yes And, which teaches improv Teenager on the Autism Spectrum. “Improv gives us a means for everyone to bring their life experience to the table” I had the chance to catch up with Jim earlier this year in San Jose, California. We talked about his approach to teaching, and his work bringing improvisation to with children and teenagers with autism, and how it can be used to highlight and aid communication and interaction. We also touched on the broader aspects of improvisation as a tool in therapy, Jill Bernard mindfullness in improv workshop that we both attended and the legacy of Keith Johnstone.… Continue Reading The post Podcast: Jim Ansaldo – Teaching improvisation to teenagers with autism appeared first on John Cooper, Comedian and improviser.

    Podcast: Series 2 Summary | Question and create

    Podcast: Series 2 Summary | Question and create

    In this episode I recap what I’ve called  ‘series 2’. The last eight interviews with some great people who use applied improvisation (improv, impro…that particular way of thinking and responding, and using mental agility). Beginning with Paul Z. Jackson and culminating  with Pam Victor. There’s a wealth of information to be had, on a load of different topics, and I thank all the wonderful guests who gave their time. https://www.johncooper.org.uk/podcasts/Series-2-recap.mp3 Paul Z. Jackson is one of the founders of Applied Improvisation Network, we talked about his work and digressed on the topic of improvisation on television. Mary T. Curtis works in behavioural health, coaching people with issues such as stress and anxiety and the YES AND, accepting and building in therapy. … Continue Reading The post Podcast: Series 2 Summary | Question and create appeared first on John Cooper, Comedian and improviser.

    Podcast: Pam Victor | The Zen of Improv

    Podcast: Pam Victor | The Zen of Improv

    Pam is the founder of Happier Valley Comedy whose mission it is to make the world a happier place through improv. She’s co-author of “Improvisation at the Speed of Life“, with Chicago’s TJ & Dave and uses improv to teach personal and professional growth. She has her own podcast, Conversations with Funny Feminists. We chat about honesty and authenticity in improv, facts versus belief and using improv for personal development to overcome fears and increase learning opportunities. Bullet Points The Zen of Improv TJ and Dave. Honesty and authenticity Improv for personal growth “I suck”. The evil mind meanie – The voice of unhelpful judgement. … Continue Reading The post Podcast: Pam Victor | The Zen of Improv appeared first on John Cooper, Comedian and improviser.

    Podcast: Paul Goddard | Improv in Agile development

    Podcast: Paul Goddard | Improv in Agile development

    Paul is a coach in agile development and certified Scrum trainer. He’s the founder of training company agilify and his book ‘Improving Teams’ brings together his work in agile and improv theatre, highlighting the overlaps and connections between the two. In conversation we talk about the cost of change in the workplace and how similarities in agile and improv allow for efficiency in fields like software development. How adapting is as much about a given project as it is the people involved, and introducing improv for learning. We also touch on the geographical differences in recognition of improv in the US and UK for the  approach agile and improv use to introduce game play as a tool.… Continue Reading The post Podcast: Paul Goddard | Improv in Agile development appeared first on John Cooper, Comedian and improviser.

    Podcast: Cathy Salit | Performance of a lifetime

    Podcast: Cathy Salit | Performance of a lifetime

    Cathy Salit is CEO of Performance of a Lifetime. She has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches on how using performance in everyday life helps with growth and productivity. She’s the author of Performance Breakthrough’ A radical approach to success at work. In conversation with Cathy we chat about her work at POAL, and how treating life as a great performance can be a strong catalyst for growth and change. How her company has developed over time using performance, improvisation and psychology  to create a safe ‘playground’ and lead to a diverse range of projects including working with inner city ‘cops and kids’ to to improving the doctor/patient relationship.… Continue Reading The post Podcast: Cathy Salit | Performance of a lifetime appeared first on John Cooper, Comedian and improviser.

    Podcast: Dan Starkey | An Actors Foundation

    Podcast: Dan Starkey | An Actors Foundation

    Dan Starkey is an actor appearing in television series such as Doctor Who, inside No.9 and Class Dismissed on CBBC. He’s performed with many improv groups and done improv marathons. I’m a massive Doctor Who fan, and seeing Dan improvise some online shorts for Doctor Who, a big TV production,  made want to delve into how that came about and find out more about Dan’s work. https://www.johncooper.org.uk/podcasts/DanStarkey-BABpodcast.mp3 Bullet Points improv, Keith Johnstone Spontaneity shop, Tom  Salinsky, Debra Francis-White Bristol Old Vic Be generous to your audience and don’t stare at the floor Start the scene with silence, creating character Getting a reaction – Improvised comedy and Christmas carols On the set of Doctor Who, Sleep no More, Bethany Black and Mark Gatiss. … Continue Reading The post Podcast: Dan Starkey | An Actors Foundation appeared first on John Cooper, Comedian and improviser.

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