David Griffiths

    • (Please pardon my spelling and grammar errors from Typing on my phone :-/ )

    • This is an important topic to discuss. There are similar parallels to this dynamic in many other professional areas. Does one need a full medical degree to get perscription rights for patients? Does one need to take college courses in art history to be a web graphic designer? Can a certified life coach implement the same behavioral techniques as a cognitive therapist?

      If the argument is, the ends justify the means…so long as a positive and beneficial outcome is satisfying to both parties, what does it matter?

      But I am “old school”.

      Improvisation stands on the shoulders of 400+ years of theater tradition. And it’s become very clear to me that too large a # of professional improv enthusiasts are sorely unaware. I have read blog entries wherein a very earnest improv teacher was asking for feedback on a new term she has come up with; “Stage picture”.

      My jaw nearly dropped.

      So no.

      If we don’t educate ourselves on the origins of where improv has sprung, then we are demeaning it’s value. And we are also sounding a quite a tad silly and at times even ignorant.

      Does that mean it’s all about The Stage? That is not my argument. But just because I love my bulldogge and know everything about how this breed operates and responds, does not make me a qualified vet.

      What is the resistance to learning about the theater tradition Improv comes from? When we learn Stanislavsky, we become better facilitators in passing the movement/sound exercise.

      To minimize this value? Makes no sense to me.

    • Life is 99.9% improvised and a lot can be learned from Improv Games to assist in dealing with the many and varied activities, duties, problems, conversations and complexities thrown at us everyday. Corporate team working can certainly be improved by following many of the ‘rules’ of Improv. Applied Improvisation is, therefore, a life-skill and not one which should be restricted to the theatre. However, there is nothing like ‘the roar of the grease paint and the smell of the crowd’ to really get the adrenaline going and, to have the therapy of improv performance really have its maximum, happiest impact on the human soul.

    • Is Applied Physics independent of Physics? Is Applied Linguistics independent of Linguistics? is Applied Psychology independent of Psychology? I don’t think so.

      • Is anyone suggesting that Applied Improvisation is independent of Improvisation? The point is that improvisation does not belong to or derive from theatre, although it does so happen that many of us have learned about improvisation from involvement in theatre. There are also many other ways to learn about, conceptualise and apply improvisation. Jazz, for example – though then you may be lured into thinking it always has a performer/audience element.

      • Can we think of Applied Improvisation without thinking of theatre?

        Your Mission statement states that is the case:
        Applied improvisation uses the principles, tools, practices, skills and mind-sets developed in comedy, jazz and theatre and utilises them for non-theatrical or performance purposes.

        For that reason I am running a workshop called “Improvisation for Dance.” But the concepts I teach are as much for Actors as Dancers, as it focuses on the physical response to Improvisation, and keeps the actor out of the head, and in Presence. Please visit my workshop. I am a student of Paul Sills and Viola Spolin.

    • Hi Paul Z Jackson – related to this debate, I’m curious about your article “Why you should insist your facilitator is a skilled improviser too”. When you use the word “improviser” there, what kind of improviser are you talking about? Someone who performs theatrical improv onstage, for an audience? Or some other kind of improviser? Thanks.

    • Boy Scouts and republican politics as a kid, junior high and high school theatre, U.S. Navy public affairs officer, corrupted & enlightened by communes in the 1970s, and suddenly, and wonderfully delighted by, Improvisational Dance (not contact Improv), to my first workshops with a teacher who put us on the stage immediately, and let us grow in front of everyone. Into corporate America, headhunted to Atlanta in 1983 and expecting to find Improv where there was none. Founded Improv in Atlanta with a list of 15 games, a copy of “Improvisation for the Theatre” and a firm grasp on the seat of my pants. We now have five full Improvisation Theatres, three independent AI organizations (that I know of), some 30 independent troupes playing a host of venues, four college teams, at least two high schools, a middle school, and an early student teaching and producing Improv shows with K-5 kids. Early work and publishing in Applied Improvisation. Currently retired and mentoring teams at Georgia Tech, and Oglethorpe University. Just as excited by Improvisation today as I was 37 years ago.

    • Fine art, music, athletics, graphic design / marketing, systems and service design…

      • Working in all those capacities has required me to develop skills in facilitation, strategy, Design Thinking (creative + critical thinking), collaboration, cognitive and social psychology, ethnography/anthropology, storytelling, empathy work, architecture, and organizational development/communication. While I am not a formally trained expert in those disciplines, the work I do has required me to become highly proficient at filling those roles on-the-job. My current job title is Lead User Experience Architect at a software company. I also offer trainings and workshops in developing creative abilities, emergent leadership, and positive, results-oriented collaboration.

    • Interesting Blog.

      I came across improv late in my career. I noticed I had innate skills in facilitation when running workshops for large organisations. The skills of collaboration, agility, innovation are talked about constantly in large organisations, however the HOW is not well understood. Organisation are reliant on people with natural skills, rather than taught behaviours. Having come across Improv in 2013, its acts a powerful tool to practise skills that can make I feel could make a huge difference to organisations. However improv tools need to be crafted to work with real real organisational issues – something I am exploring.

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  • David Griffiths posted a new activity comment 5 years, 2 months ago

    Hi, there are filter links at the top of the Groups page (http://www.appliedimprovisation.network/groups/) which show ‘All’ & ‘My Groups’

  • David Griffiths posted a new activity comment 5 years, 3 months ago

    Hi, it appears in your ‘Activity Stream’ which is the same sort of thing as a Facebook wall.