Last night we had a Caught in the Act meeting in order to get ready for the new show. Improv ‘rehersals’ are a chance for the troupe to work together, try out some new games, and plan which pieces we’ll perform. We’ve lost one player and are looking to bring in some additional players, so it’s also a chance to start learning each other’s rhythms.
Last night (Saturday) my Improv Class put on a recital. It was great show and pretty well attended. I’ve got a much more extensive post in the Santa Barbara Improv Workshop Blog along with a bunch of pictures.
This was the class recital, and so I just served as MC. Between putting on the show, making sure the student/players are ready, and being MC, I didn’t miss performing. I’ll get my chance to play on stage at the next Caught in the Act show.
Improv is one of my major avocations. I started taking classes in 1989, and ultimately took over as instructor of the workshop sometime around 1995. That workshop has now evolved into the Santa Barbara Improv Workshop and continues to conduct a class on Wednesday nights.
I’m the primary instructor at the workshop and also a member of the performing troupe Caught in the Act. That group has been performing since New Years Eve of the Milleneum Celebrations in Santa Barbara (2000). Although many of the members have changed over the years, the same 4 core members are still involved. We now perform just about every other month in Santa Barbara.
Lately, I’ve been blogging about improv. Although the primary focus is the Santa Barbara improv scene, I’ve been adding more and more posts of interest to beginning improvisors.