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Game of the Scene

Game of the Scene

I’ve been producing/directing Likewise: Dinner Party for the Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival. Game of the scene came up (in relation to the “Black Box”…

Cindy Tonkin August 23, 2017
Improvising wisdoms

Improvising wisdoms

Here are some quotes about improv from the International Theatresports Institute. I never lose. I either win or learn. – Nelson Mandela I think all great lmprovisors…

Cindy Tonkin June 20, 2017
Improv Cheat sheets

Improv Cheat sheets

For the teaching and learning of improvisation, some cool cheat sheets.

Cindy Tonkin January 13, 2017
Openings: a summary

Openings: a summary

Here’s a no doubt incomplete list of ways to open a piece. Scene painting Busby Berkeley true monologues character monologues Invocation Character painting…

Cindy Tonkin September 22, 2016
Baddest gangsta

Baddest gangsta

This warm up came from Bridie Connell, and she got it from her English teacher as a kid in NZ. It’s a rap: Group: Who’s the baddest gangsta (whoot, whoot), I’m…

Cindy Tonkin September 7, 2016
Graduating 2016

Graduating 2016

i spent 5 weeks at the 2016 iO summer intensive. here’s our grad show

Cindy Tonkin August 31, 2016
Warm ups to use with caution

Warm ups to use with caution

These are two politically incorrect warm ups. 1. I’m sorry, i didn’t know that was your dick Mime warm up that also shows tension makes comedy. Mime…

Cindy Tonkin August 18, 2016
Consequence

Consequence

Susan Messing says laughter is a consequence not a goal of improv. That’s Susan Messing on the right in the image above. She is playing a scene with Tara de…

Cindy Tonkin August 10, 2016
6 ways to make scenes better

6 ways to make scenes better

Brilliant 2 hour fast-paced workshop with Craig Uhlir (pronounced yoo-ler). 6 things that if done consistently will make your scenes better. For each he gave the…

Cindy Tonkin July 18, 2016

Words of wisdom 1

Nandi from Hungary: If my leg starts I have to follow (when editing a scene).

Cindy Tonkin July 14, 2016

More openings 2

Week 1 day 3 Imagine an object You’ve got a gun in your hand. Feel its size, shape weight. describe it. where did you find it? A phone. A drink. Who is…

Cindy Tonkin July 14, 2016
Listening to Charna Halpern

Listening to Charna Halpern

Day 1 of Summer School always starts with a chat with Charna, and a few questions.Here are some quotes. “We were kicked out of 14 theatres [before I founded…

Cindy Tonkin July 13, 2016
Day 1 - some things we did

Day 1 - some things we did

So day 1 we learnt names. We pointed and said our names (for much longer than we normally do). I think people were expecting the pattern pointing game and we went…

Cindy Tonkin July 13, 2016
Summer 2016 the international Improv explosion

Summer 2016 the international Improv explosion

Day 1 and 2 of the summer intensive 2016 have whizzed by. there are 160 something of us in 9 classes. We filled the Del Close Theatre. When I did the summer school…

Cindy Tonkin July 13, 2016

More week 1 exercises

Here are some exercises we did with in week 1 of the iO Summer intensive, day 2. Commercial We constructed a fake product and did a commercial for it. He asked…

Cindy Tonkin July 13, 2016
Chicago for the summer

Chicago for the summer

I’m in Chicago for the (northern) summer of 2016. I’ve joined the Art Institute, which I’m visiting often (not enough). I’m improvising mostly.…

Cindy Tonkin July 3, 2016
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