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Group Games-a-go-go

Group Games-a-go-go

This morning I worked with Confetti Gun. We focused on group games. Here is the list of games I made before we began: we see 8 (see Bill Arnett’s new book,…

Cindy Tonkin March 19, 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

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

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

Openings

In openings look for TED ThèmesÉmotionsDétails Dont make first béats montages. It will go too quickly to third beat feelOpening is not considered…

Cindy Tonkin June 22, 2016
Day 2.5 with Miles

Day 2.5 with Miles

I spent some time last night putting together a flowchart for identifying what kind of scene you are playing, because it’s quite a simple decision-making process…

Cindy Tonkin August 14, 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 8, 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 August 7, 2011
Get Physical with Jay Olson

Get Physical with Jay Olson

extra workshop on Friday called “Get Physical”. included some variations on short form games which may interest you. want to learn about robots? a store…

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 25, 2011
Day 4: validate, don't invent

Day 4: validate, don't invent

today we played our first full harolds. some of the scenes were great. some were just ok. but no real stinkers. got a class full of amazing people. not taking many…

Cindy Tonkin July 15, 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 14, 2011

Day 2: musical hotspot, invocation, tag outs

Day 2 started with musical hot spots, which we then used as an opening for a Harold (we just did 3 or 4 scenes from the opening). So simple, and quite cool.The lovely…

Cindy Tonkin July 14, 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
new games and old ones

new games and old ones

note: this one’s a little hurried: there is so much fun to be had, I’ve done it in 3 drafts, and I am behind, so I’m not editing. Feel free to…

Cindy Tonkin June 30, 2011
Faith and Group games

Faith and Group games

I just love that the Faith Tabernacle Church is right next to an ihop, which is a diner chain. This afternoon was more group games. Group games are filled with anxiety…

Cindy Tonkin August 15, 2008
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