Interviews, inspiration, and information on Improvised "Improv" Theater, with Synergy Theater. Questions answered: Will an Improv class with Synergy Theater help you with public speaking? Help you think on your feet? Make you a better communicator? Boost your self-confidence and creativity?
Our welcoming and supportive community and learning environment make us unique. It all begins with The Three Rules of Improv, honed by Synergy Theater Director Kenn Adams: 1) Be spontaneous. 2) Make you partner look good. 3) Build on your partner's idea.
Improv in Practice offers interviews with Synergy Theater performers, students, and special guests. We explore improvisation from the point of view of the performer, the teacher, the student, and the audience. If you're wondering how you can try Improv for the first time, or how you can dig deeper into the art of improvisation, Synergy Theater is here for you.
In addition to offering classes, Synergy Theater performs full-length improvised plays and strives to create theater with compelling characters, wonderful stories, and vibrant spontaneity. Our mission is to build a better world through improvisational theater. Find out how at synergytheater.com.
Audio Only Improv with Kat and Maggie
Part 2 of our interview with Kat and Maggie is here! We pick up where we left off last time - with the significance of inclusion in Improvised productions. Kat and Maggie's Audio Only scene is the best! Also, Synergy Theater is back at the Lesher Center. We introduce Synergy's new initiative, Theater Smarts, and tell you how you can help bring young students to live theater. And if that weren't enough, the second half of this episode honors the previous 10 (or 11, if you count the bonus) episodes. We count back through our amazing first season of Improv in Practice. Thank you, thank you - to our incredible guests and audience.
Improv Pets and Poles with Kat and Maggie
In this long-overdue episode, Kat, Maggie, and I discuss how Kat became a highly-successful Improv practioner and owner of an Improv theater house with a colorful past. Maggie describes what its like to be loved and snubbed by her favorite Improv partner - her cat. This episode, with all its unexpected and unintended moments, was so good that I had to make it a two-parter! Please enjoy!
For your reference:
Deifinition of a "preist hole"
Maggie from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Improv College of Montreal
The Mopco Improv Theatre
More links and contact info to follow in Part 2!
Improv and the Dancer with Yvonne & Robin
Yvonne Conybeare is a director and actor and lives in New York. Robin Wiggs is a writer and improv performer and lives in London. I met them in our Improv IV class online, and I knew I had to interview them together.
Yvonne and Kenn Adams, director of synergy theater, are old friends, and so we talk about Theater Sports New York, and the origin of Kenn's Play by Play. Yvonne has insights on how our defensiveness affects our improvisation and how to overcome it.
Robin joins the interview a bit later and we talk about improv in London and how Robin prepares for performances. Make sure that you listen all the way through the show for something a little different at the end.
Robin's Links: "Moidercats", Cariad Lloyd
Yvonne's Links: conybeare.net, Thinking, Fast and Slow
Crafting Great Performances with Louise & Akin
Louise Ritchie and her son Akin Ritchie are both in theater, but on two sides. Louise is a performer. Akin is a technical director. Together they are a dream team. We talk about Louise's and Akin's interwoven journeys to the stage, and their hopes as we transition back to in-person performances.
Synergy Theater is back to in-person shows at the Lesher Center for the Arts, in Walnut Creek, CA! If you would like to join us, visit synergytheater.com and click on performances.
Mentioned in the show:
Zeider's American Dream Theater
Go Beyond Getting the Laugh with Lynn & Deb
No matter who your family is, you have a matriarch in your life. A matriarch, to me, is someone who supports you with their warmth, their wit, and their enthusiasm for your dreams.
Within the Synergy Theater family, I consider Deb Kern Synergy Theater's matriarch. I've heard Kenn refer to her as his longest-running student.
Lynn Shields is another powerful force for good within Synergy Theater. Lynn is a Synergy Theater player, and we talk about her foray into directing the spontaneous soap opera series Days of our Wives. Deb and Lynn are wise, funny, and dedicated to the art of improvisation. They inspire everyone around them to be their best selves on and off the stage.
Improvised Adventure with Griffen & Alev
What makes practicing Improvised Theater an adventure? Is it overcoming your stagefright? Playing odd characters? Following a scene wherever it leads?
Yes, and... it's having both the courage to follow your creative dreams and the will to be surprised by your own innate skill.
In this episode, Griffen Davis Bier and Alev Gunay, of Synergy Theater, expand on these themes. And, there's Guy Fieri, Indonesian bats, and reckless drivers in Egypt - all of which could be in the next(?) episode of Adventure Serial!
Watch Adventure Serial, and all of Synergy Theater's online performances, on YouTube!
Great show about improv
This is a fun way to learn about how improv affects “real people”. You can learn about what improv offers, various styles of improv and even hear guests make stuff up on the spot in response to the host’s challenge. Entertaining and well done.