I just got a terrific idea and inspiration from Jim Oshinsky, author of Return to Child, a great book about the improvisation method of Music for People, David Darling’s long time amazing improvisation project (more on that later). The idea is this: we teachers of improv spend a lot of time far away from each other; we get inspiration and ideas from our students and from performance, but what’s missing is a chance to share ideas about what works and what doesn’t. To that end, I would like to start a repository of improv course materials – syllabi, assignments, resources, bibliographies, and so on so that we can all help each other.
Thus: look up at the black bar just above this post. I am starting a new menu/category there of improv materials. I would like to appeal to all improv teachers to send whatever they would like to share (pdf form is handy) with the rest of us. Jim and I will start it off and post some of our materials.
Hat’s off to Jim for the great idea (and another tip of the hat to all that he has been doing in this area for years). Let’s the rest of us join in.