Is there anything that Applied Improv can’t Improve?

By Jon Trevor

Last week I was lucky enough to be at the Applied Improvisation Network’s fantastic conference at Keble College in Oxford. There were 250 practitioners from around the world sharing their experience of the extraordinary power of Applied Improvisation to bring about amazing shifts, changes and improvements in an astonishing variety of ways.

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Surrounded by Geniuses!

By Jon Trevor

There is a tenet that is used throughout the Improv world that goes “Your skill level is average – your fellow players are all geniuses!”

It is useful for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it takes the pressure off you as an individual on […]

Teamwork vs Collaboration

The terms “Teamwork” and “Collaboration” are often used interchangeably. I believe they are very different beasts.

Formula One Pit Crews are fabulous examples of the ultimate team. They can change all 4 wheels of a racecar in an almost inconceivable 2 seconds, through meticulously planned, finely choreographed and endlessly rehearsed co-operative action. They epitomise the […]

Do The Impossible – With Ease!

By Jon Trevor

There is an Applied Improv exercise I use quite a lot, called “Strawberry/Vanilla”. People mill randomly around the room, and every time two people pass each other, they make eye contact and simultaneously they say out loud either the word “Strawberry” or the word “Vanilla”. They must speak simultaneously, and, here’s the […]

Make Brilliant Mistakes

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” ― Thomas A. Edison

There is an understanding in all forms of Improvisation, whether it’s Jazz, Dance, or the kind of theatre and comedy I deal in, that there really is no such thing as a mistake.

There’s just an […]

Applied Improv builds effortless collaboration

By Jon Trevor

When 2 inexperienced improvisers step on stage, it often goes something like this:-

“Isn’t it lovely here at the Antarctic” “What are you talking about? We’re in the middle of the African Jungle”

Each has entered with a firm idea which they are certain will make a great scene, so each is […]