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Cindy Tonkin June 24, 2016
2 chars is enough

2 chars is enough

People enter scenes. THEY are the adventure. When we play defined characters in the harold we can easily find them again. When demure meets macho. When kid meets…

Cindy Tonkin August 17, 2011
Final notes on the deconstruction

Final notes on the deconstruction

An “art installation” joint work by Erin Foy, Sophie Long and Cindy Tonkin, July 2011 I found these notes when i was packing. These are i believe all…

Cindy Tonkin August 15, 2011
A flowchart which determines what kind of scene you are in

A flowchart which determines what kind of scene you are in

Miles Stroth’s genius is unbounded. He does, however, prefer to use words to explain things. I have translated his words into a simple flowchart for deciding…

Cindy Tonkin August 10, 2011
Miles: Day one - straight absurd

Miles: Day one - straight absurd

First day of the final week.  It’s all gone by so fast. I could do this for a long long time! Miles Stroth is our teacher this week. 4 kinds of scenes: straight…

Cindy Tonkin August 8, 2011
More harold

More harold

week 4, days 2 and 3 i think. stick with the first offer: if your opening leads you to mermaid world, then come back to mermaid world and explore more (not the same…

Cindy Tonkin August 7, 2011
Week Four: the harold day one

Week Four: the harold day one

so this is a summary of day one of week four.  things got too busy to write up every night – as the end of the intensive approaches my class is going out…

Cindy Tonkin July 28, 2011
plenty of time

plenty of time

day 2, week 3, with barry hite long form improv operates on entropy. if it starts zany it doesn’t get calmer: but if it starts calm and grounded it can get…

Cindy Tonkin July 27, 2011
personal histories

personal histories

the objective is to make your scene partner safe enough to bring in their own personal history for a harold, start with grounded, theatrical real life scenes, and…

Cindy Tonkin July 25, 2011
Busby Berkeley

Busby Berkeley

day 4 of week 2 – last day of this week. girls in millennium park proving that busby berkeley comes naturally! exercises: story exercise which had a name,…

Cindy Tonkin July 22, 2011
tics, quirks, porches and ambiguity

tics, quirks, porches and ambiguity

Day 3 Week 2. adding weird tics and quirks: start a scene with 2 people in silence. deal with your environment, start with a character close to yourself. colleen interrupted…

Cindy Tonkin July 22, 2011
Get an attitude

Get an attitude

Day 2 of week 2. warm ups: circle of doom stage 2. from yesterday: the sign and the sound with your name (cindy – swoosh with a hand gesture); say your own…

Cindy Tonkin July 20, 2011
if you were cool you would be in a band: improv's not for cool people

if you were cool you would be in a band: improv's not for cool people

so the amazing blinding flash of the obvious from lisa linke’s workshop on saturday was part of my ongoing insight for Monday, day 1 of week 2. kid at the…

Cindy Tonkin July 17, 2011
advanced scene analysis: beginnings, middles, ends

advanced scene analysis: beginnings, middles, ends

did a great workshop today with lisa linke. she was clear, prepared, had plenty of examples and her training was well-structured. this was additional to the iO 5…

Cindy Tonkin July 14, 2011
Day 3: armando and scene painting

Day 3: armando and scene painting

General comments about iO from the class: as others have noticed before, iO’s shows are not particularly theatrical: while they acknowledge the lighting person,…

Cindy Tonkin July 4, 2011
wrapping it all up

wrapping it all up

this is the last of the second city musical improv posts. in a week or so I’ll start up at iO, so i got a week of no improv posts. A bucket of umbrellas at…

Cindy Tonkin July 4, 2011
three person scenes, deconstruction and rhyming

three person scenes, deconstruction and rhyming

warm ups Santa Monica Pier in LA i think i blogged this warm up yesterday, but now i have it’s name. It’s called bad rap. set a topic for the rap if…

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