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Yes But Why is an Austin-based podcast in which host Amy Jordan interviews improvisers, writers, showrunners, and other creatives about what inspires them, how they handle their struggles and what project they’re working on next!
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This week on Yes But Why Podcast, we are featuring comedian and podcaster, Ivy Le. Ivy Le is a Vietnamese American comedian and writer based in Austin, Texas. Ivy has performed at Bedpost Confessions, Coldtowne Theatre, the Decatur Book Festival, Kollaboration, and more! Ivy is the host and creator of the Spotify podcast, “FOGO: Fear of Going Outside: a nature show by the most reluctant host ever”. Ivy was selected to be one of the 10 out of 18,000 applicants to go through Spotify’s first SoundUp podcast accelerator for women of color. She is also widely published as a reporter, a poet, and an advocate on immigration and civil rights issues. In our conversation, I talk to Ivy about what motivates her as an artist. She tells me she is obsessed with language and that makes so much sense. Ivy is pretty much always writing!We talk about money and how that can be a barrier to entry for creative aspirations. Not everyone can just go out and take acting classes or dance lessons. But “you don’t need to have money to become a great writer,” she says. I love how Ivy so confidently and efficiently knocks down every obstacle in her way. Ivy currently writes in all the work she does – podcasting, public relations, journalism, comedy!Ivy tells me about the Diversity Initiative that gave her the push to start her podcasting project. We discuss current day gatekeeping and the lack of opportunities for women of color in creative fields. Despite the uphill battle, Ivy gushes about what a great and supportive community she made connecting with the other women from the Spotify SoundUp podcast accelerator. She really makes the most out of every adventure she has. Speaking of adventure, Ivy tells me about how her love of nature shows inspired her to create her podcast, “FOGO: Fear of Going Outside.” She talks about raising the money with Kickstarter and the dedication it requires to connect with the fans even before the project is made. She is an expert at marketing though, so FOGO podcast is loved by indoor people and outdoor people alike!Support Ivy Le by listening to her podcast, “FOGO: Fear of Going Outside” on Spotify TODAY! All episodes of Season 1 are currently available!You can also support Ivy’s continuous artistic growth by booking her to perform stand-up comedy in your next show OR by hiring her to act in your movie! She is seeking representation as a writer, a comic, and an actress.Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service or workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I am delighted to present my conversation with Australian improviser, Amanda Buckley. Amanda Buckley is an actor, improviser, voice over artist and teacher.She has been performing for over 20 years for theatre, corporate and festival audiences both in Australia and overseas. Amanda most recently has appeared in a series of sketches for Channel 10’s The Project and will next appear in the upcoming miniseries Fires, for ABC TV.Amanda has trained, performed, and taught in Australia with Impro Australia, Impro Melbourne, Improv Theatre Sydney, The Big Hoo Haa Melbourne, Impromptunes and Spark! Alongside Jamie Burgess, she created the Musical Improvisation Intensive Workshop – The Musical Toolkit, which they have led across Australia and New Zealand. In our conversation, we talk about the ups and downs of being loud and delightful. We chuckle about both being loud, brash, and obsessed with theater. Amanda tells me about the draw of the theater and how she started taking serious acting classes while still in high school. Amanda shares her improv beginnings at Impro Australia. We talk about how she got into teaching improv and the joy it brings. Amanda tells me how she met her husband at an improv festival!! And we talk about how we were both at the Del Close Marathon in NYC in 2010 and how sad we are that we didn’t cross paths then!Amanda is a flexible and adaptable performer. We talk about the voiceover and content creation work that has helped fill her time since the covid shutdowns. Amanda also chats about the sketch show that she has been working on that hopefully they’ll be able to debut sometime in the new year!!Support Amanda by keeping an eye out for classes at Impro Melbourne, where she currently teaches. As soon as she can, Amanda wants to be teaching in person classes again! Also, check out the sketches she’s acting in for Channel 10’s The Project!Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service or workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, listen in as I chat with Improvisation facilitator, training developer and Higher Education professional, Jess Napthine-Hodgkinson. Jess Napthine-Hodgkinson is an improviser based in Glossop, England. She has been performing and teaching improv for 15 years. Jess is the co-founder of Glossop Improv alongside Sekki Tabasuares. Together, they provide a weekly online improv workshop to improvisers all over the world. Being an improviser with multiple sclerosis (MS) led Jess to set up Brain Fog Improv – a space for improvisers with unseen conditions to share, learn and connect. Brain Fog Improv is a community of improvisers with autoimmune, neurological and other conditions that have invisible symptoms. It’s a safe space to share experiences and connect as well as a forum to provide support for others.A self-professed “shy” person, Jess and I met in an online improv workshop called “Smoldering 101 with Stephanie Rae.” (Highly recommended by the way.) It was essentially staring at your own face while getting your confidence boosted. It was awesome. It never occurred to me that anyone on my screen was shy. Jess and I became fast Facebook friends right after. In our conversation, Jess says that, as a child, she spent much of her time reading and so she had a rich fantasy life. We talk about all the ways we fill our creative cups, from taking online workshops to appreciating a painting. We rabbit hole on visual art. First, we discuss how neither one of us can draw very well (not that that stops us from crafting). Jess mentions being impressed with the drawings of past guest Aree Witoelar and I agree I love his posts online. We talk about Jess going to school for religious studies and being enamored of all the emotionally charged art that has been made for religions. Jess tells me of her love of Caravaggio’s artwork and the thesis paper she wrote about the religious undertones of movies like Bad Lieutenant and Taxi Driver. I believe this deep dive into art that Jess did in her higher education laid the groundwork for her future as a performer. We talk about her mentor, David Ash, who introduced her to performing improv. Her work with Lancaster Improv Xpress gave her the confidence to teach improv and the opportunity to perform in international improv festivals. This experience with her Lancaster improv community also really hooked Jess into being a diehard theater person (like me). Jess tells the story of when she moved to Glossop. On her first day in town, she went over to the local theater to ask how she could get involved. This is totally my MO as well when I have moved to new places so I loved this story.We talk about doing improv online and the way covid has affected our work in theater. Ever the optimist, Jess says that the online improv workshops she has taken in quarantine have helped her to gain a new level of empathy and perspective. She also mentions recent joy she has found in just observing people. I am also glad people watching is back! Ways to support Jess Napthine-Hodgkinson: Attend free online drop-ins for all through Glossop Improv!Glossop Improv was founded by Jess Napthine-Hodgkinson and Sekki Tabasuares to provide fun, free, and friendly drop-in workshops focusing on communication, confidence and creativity.All levels of improv experience are welcome, from absolute beginners to seasoned improvisors.Fridays 7-8.30PM BSTGet weekly zoom link via the Glossop Improv Facebook pageSupport and join Brain Fog Improv! Brain Fog Improv is a private Facebook group where you can talk to people in a similar situation about the ups and downs of being an improviser with an unseen health condition. You absolutely do not have to have a condition to be a member of the group, all are welcome. Visit HERE to join! The group meets regularly via Zoom for a Brain Fog Cafe where members can get to know each other and share experiences from the comfort of their own home.Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service or workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I interview artist and podcast producer, Traveus Lawson. Traveus Lawson is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Always Press Record, Inc. (alwayspressrecord.com) He is the lead producer on more than 30 serial podcasts, with thousands of hours of content within the APRTV vault that is broadcasted globally via 24/7 live streams and On-Demand SmartTV apps.Originally from the small town of Monessen, PA, Traveus Lawson moved to Los Angeles with his mom shortly after his father passed away. That was when he first saw a movie being made. The magic of that moment birthed a poet, playwright, painter, novelist, musician, filmmaker and now the producer known as "Tray the Producer." In our conversation, Traveus and I go deep into the topic of what is art and who can make it. We talk about finding and connecting with your audience. We muse on creating in a chaotic world that seems like it doesn’t care about artists. Traveus tells me about the evolution of his production company, Always Press Record. We discuss what it takes to produce the breadth of podcasts that APR handles. We chat about the artists that inspire us – from long dead painters to present day musicians like Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Mdou Moctar, and Dave Matthews Band. Support Traveus Lawson by downloading the Always Press Record app and watching the livestreams of all the amazing content he is putting out!Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service or workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, listen in as I talk to Audio Describer, Bridget Melton. Bridget Melton is an Audio Describer who has recently relocated to North Texas from the Chicago area. Active in the cultural accessibility community for many years, Bridget works to create a welcoming environment for all. Around the United States, and virtually, she can be found at various theatres promoting inclusion as an audio describer, advisor, or volunteer. Audio Description is a service that makes the visual verbal. In theaters, in museums, and accompanying television, film, and video presentations, Audio Describers provide commentary and narration to guide the listener through the presentation with concise, objective descriptions of new scenes, settings, costumes, body language, and "sight gags," all slipped in between portions of dialogue or songs. Audio Description provides accessibility of the visual images of theater, television, movies, and other art forms for people who are blind, have low vision, or who are otherwise visually impaired. As the main describer for Hamilton: An American Musical during its three year residency in Chicago, Bridget Melton live described over 25 performances. She also most recently live extemporaneously audio described the 2021 Presidential Inauguration for which she and her team won the 2021 Vernon Henley Media Award from the American Council of the Blind. Bridget can also be heard as a featured guest on “Know Your Narrator,” the weekly podcast made by the Audio Description Narrators of America.In our conversation, we talk about how the pandemic has changed views on accessibility and inclusivity in the theater world. Bridget shares what it was like to do the Audio Description for the Inauguration and how amazing she felt to be part of that experience. Bridget speaks about working with the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium, and all that she learned from them about making theater more accessible to all. She says that since the move to Texas, she has been working from home; this has enabled her to connect with the larger community of audio describers and opened doors in her career that she never imagined.Bridget tells me of her work in theater admin and box office roles before finding her niche in Audio Description. With Audio Description, she is happy to have found a job that combines a lot of the different creative work that she loves about theater. Bridget gets to do dramaturgical research about the play she is working on; she gets to perform the show alongside the actors, and sometimes even improvise when the play or live event evolves. She also talks about how much she loves the chance to interact with the audience before the show during the “touch tour” and during the show as she “describes” the performance for them. Bridget expresses her excitement to be able to do theater full time and in such a rewarding role.Support Bridget Melton by hiring her to Audio Describe your event: https://www.bridgetmelton.com/ (Seriously, she’s won AWARDS for doing this work!) But really, hire ANY Audio Describer and you are supporting Bridget’s community and their efforts to make the arts accessible to all. (And if you’ve never heard of this but you work at a theater, bring it up to the boss! I mean, how cool is Audio Description?) Learn more about Audio Description, including resources and how to experience it at BridgetMelton.com/intro You can also support accessibility in the arts in general by donating to the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium, an organization that was a formative part of Bridget’s own access journey: https://chicagoculturalaccess.org/support/Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!(production notes: recorded zoom meeting via Rodecaster on 8/12/2021…posted on 8/23/2021)
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I interview writer and performer, Andy N. Andy N is a poet, a musician, an open mic host, and a podcaster from Manchester, England. Andy N is the author of six full length poetry collections and he also writes a regular column for Manchester’s publication, The Sunday Tribune. He composes ambient electronic music under the name of “Ocean in a Bottle” and he co-hosts the always welcoming Spoken Word Open Mic, 'Speak Easy'.Andy N is also a podcaster and he hosts 4 different podcasts: Spoken Label, an interview show much like ours which features chats with writers, artists and musicians; Reading In Bed, a podcast series he co-hosts alongside novelist Amanda Steel in which they have lively discussions about all kinds of books, comics and literature; Koll, Andy and Amanda, a short, weekly podcast discussing poetry, literature and Nature; and Wrestle Up, an AEW Wrestling Podcast he co-hosts with Dr Paul and Dray Zera. In our conversation, we talk about Andy’s lifelong journey of writing and creating. Andy tells me about the writers’ workshops and open mics that he leads and how much he loves creative community. Andy N is absolutely overflowing with creativity. He loves writing poetry as well as ambient electronic music. We talk about how our writing has changed as we have aged and how our culture affects us. Andy shares his love of connecting with the global community of artists through his podcast, Spoken Label. Support Andy N by reading his writing and listening to his music. You can also listen to his podcasts, Spoken Label, Reading In Bed, Coll, Andy and Amanda, and Wrestle Up. Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!(production notes: recorded zoom meeting via Rodecaster on 7/8/2021…posted on 8/16/2021)
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I talk to improviser and marketing expert, Annie Schiffman. Annie Schiffman is an award-winning improviser who is also the founder of Downstage Media, the Places Please Project, and Profitable Improv. Like many performers, Annie stopped her onstage work when getting to rehearsals, auditions, and shows became too difficult alongside raising her two children. So she put her energy into helping other performing arts entrepreneurs. She started Downstage Media, a digital marketing agency focused on providing scrappy marketing strategies to performing arts organizations. Annie also recently launched the non-profit, the Places Please Project to give housing relief to theater workers in New York City affected by the pandemic. With Profitable Improv, Annie joined forces with past guest, Jeff Rogers to help improv organizations learn the best ways to be financially viable. Their courses and events are for improv companies - schools, performing groups, teams, theaters, or troupes – to learn management and marketing strategies that will help build their business. Annie is a great guest because she exudes the kind of confidence that makes you feel invincible.In our conversation, Annie articulates what fueled her to start Downstage Media to help people in the performing arts. She believes in empowering artists and she works hard to show her clients that their work deserves to be seen. Annie gives smart social media and marketing advice. Annie talks about the mentors and her family who supported her along her own creative journey. Annie tells me about her love for musical improv and about the experience of touring the country with GOGA and Chicago City Limits. Annie shares some amazing marketing strategies for performers to try. She gives us a bunch of #FREEadvice throughout this whole episode!! Check out the Downstage Media YouTube channel for more! There is some gold in there!Support Annie Schiffman by hiring her to help with the marketing of your arts organization! Check out Downstage Media and Profitable Improv for free tips and upcoming events and workshops! And, if you can, support the Places Please Project!Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I talk to improviser Siddharth Venkatesh.Siddharth Venkatesh is an improv performer with Improv Comedy Bangalore. In early September 2020, he co-created the ICB’s Facebook Community Group. It has since become a central hub through which improvisers all over the world connect! Outside of Improv, Siddharth is an engineer and he loves to play Indian classical percussion. In our conversation, Siddharth tells me about the television show he was in as a kid and how that experience shaped his artistic aspirations as an adult. What a wild experience to have as a child! We gab about music, both playing it and enjoying it. We discuss the idea of finding a balance between structure and chaos in both our creativity and our lives. Siddharth expresses to me how he loves the current "globalization" of improv and how amazing it is that he gets to improvise with and learn from amazing performers from all over the world. Siddharth gushes about the great courses he has taken lately from improv greats such as Mandy Butler, Stephen Davidson, and David Razowsky. Siddharth Venkatesh is all about building community and he wants you to join the ICB Community online! (I’m a member!) Check out the Facebook group, “Improv Comedy Bangalore Community,” for upcoming shows and jams! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2709820192587510To support Siddharth, or to invite him to play in your show or jam, reach out to him on FB (https://www.facebook.com/sid.venkatesh) !ALSO -- Siddharth’s first co-directed show will be streamed on the ICB FB page on August 7th and 8th. Check out “Gather Around: Childhood stories we share”! https://fb.me/e/1vJWgixuFYou can see Siddharth perform as part of Zmack's (https://www.facebook.com/zmackcomedy) Improv and Sketch comedy team "Typical Heroes". They have a monthly show live streamed on Zmack's FB page. Next show is on August 6th! https://www.facebook.com/events/382037306587409Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I talk to improviser and academic, David Escobedo.David Escobedo has been coaching and performing improv since 1995, starting his career in San Diego and Los Angeles. He has his BA and MA in Drama; and, David is currently pursuing his PhD in Drama with a focus on improv at the University of Chester in the UK. His Masters thesis paper was on how an improviser’s voice (background/experience) is the most valuable element to an improv team and show. David loves improv so much he wrote a book about it called “This Improv Book.” In our conversation, David teaches me a lot about the beginnings of improv and a few important details and people that the history of improv does not often talk about. David tells me the story of how Neva Boyd and her “theory of play” inspired Viola Spolin to create improv games as a means of building community in Chicago. We talk about how the culture of improv institutions has become more about selling a package and less about building a community. We discuss gatekeeping in both the improv world and in academia as David is experiencing it now. David mentions the book, “Whose Improv Is It Anyway” by Amy Seham as a great resource on that topic. We chat about why we love improv and how we got into it. David talks about the value of connecting with people and the pure joy that one can find in an improv jam with friends. Support David Escobedo by following him on his website, The Improv Boost, through which he spreads the joy of improv teachers across the world. We chat about how he wants us to focus most on the great improv teachers of the world and less about the improv institutions and this is the website where David puts that idea to work. You can also check out his sci-fi themed improv collective, Wretched Hive Comedy streaming regularly on Twitch. And you just have to watch out for the upcoming projects of David’s Harry Potter themed troupe, Mischief Managed Improv via Facebook! What else is upcoming for David Escobedo? Well, he is about to be a father in the next few weeks (likely days)!! So that’s exciting! Also, David will be continuously working on his doctorate in Performing Arts and will be awarded his punk rock PhD in two years.Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I talk to the amazingly funny Rachael Mason.Rachael Mason is a veteran improviser and a teaching artist of the famed Chicago improv scene. She started her creative career by taking classes and performing at The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. Later, she taught improv workshops at theaters and universities all across the Chicago area. Rachael Mason has performed and taught all over the world, primarily headlining festivals with her comedy partner Susan Messing in their duo troupe, “The Boys.”Rachael was an absolute joy to talk to. I was honored that she said yes to being on the podcast! She opens the conversation by telling me she was a witch that was burned at the stake. The hilarity continues from there.In our conversation, Rachael tells me about her start in the Chicago improv scene and immersing herself in classes at 3 theaters at once. Listening to her describe her schedule, I was thinking, when did she sleep? But then I remembered being in my twenties and I did that schedule for years too. Still, she consumed a lot of improv very quickly. Rachael and I bond over both being improv instructors. We both love connecting with our students. We talk about having a good time, about teamwork, and about professionalism onstage. I tell her about one of my first experiences with teaching improv!Rachael tells me how happy she is to have spent so many years sharing the stage with her friend, Susan Messing. She reminisces about the fun adventures they’ve had performing as The Boys!We talk about artists who inspire us: Bo Burnham, Hannah Gadsby, and Justin Kauffman’s Schadenfreude. Rachael helps me find the books I need to consume to know more about improv history: Improv Nation, The Second City Almanac, Something Wonderful Right Away, and Days and Nights at the Second City.Rachael was so funny. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns and tangents we had in our conversation!Support Rachael Mason by going to see her perform. If you are in Chicago, you can go to the Annoyance on 7/22/2021 for an IN-PERSON show, “Messing with a Friend (with Rachael Mason) - https://www.theannoyance.com/show/Messing-With-a-Friend-(With-Rachael-Mason)If you are not in Chicago, you can still see Rachael perform every Friday night at 8pm CST in The Dingleboys presents “High Society.” You can find this show on the Chicago4Real channel of Twitch.TV -- https://www.twitch.tv/chicago4realRachael is now teaching improv via Zoom to improvisers all over the world. Now is your chance to learn from her. Sign up for one of her upcoming online classes!7/27/2021 – Online Workshop through Zmack Virtual (Shanghai): Unf*ck your Improv with Chicago Legends Susan & Rachael - https://www.facebook.com/events/142866324612286?active_tab=about8/5/2021 – Online Workshop through Magnet Theater (NYC): Character Club (online one-off) with Rachael Mason - https://magnettheater.com/class/electives/10668/8/11/2021 - Online Class (6 weeks + show) through Magnet Theater (NYC): Level Four: Forms - Le Ronde (online) with Rachael Mason - https://magnettheater.com/class/improv-level-four/10664/Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy!This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!(production notes: recorded zoom meeting via Rodecaster on 6/10/2021…posted on 7/19/2021)
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I chat with Improv Artist and a Social Entrepreneur, Vishok Verma. Vishok Verma is a Professional Trainer of Communication Skills (Corporate, Social Enterprises, and Non-profits). He is the Founder & CEO of “Let’s Express,” an organization that uses improvisational games and other performing arts exercises to boost the self-esteem and to improve the communication skills of young individuals from socio-economically disadvantaged areas of India. Vishok has been performing improv since 2017. He has currently been doing both long-form and short-form Improv via Zoom with artists all around the globe. He was recently featured in one of Jay Sukow’s Today Improv videos. Vishok and I met when we performed together a few months ago in the ICB Playground: Intercity Festival Edition. In our conversation, we talked about Vishok’s love of performing and writing. He shared with me the first time he found improv and that a-ha moment in his life. Comedy comes to Vishok naturally, as it does for me, and so he is drawn to it.Vishok’s improv journey began when he joined an Improv comedy group started by his co-workers called the “Monday Improvisers.” Another important moment in his creative path was when he got a chance to jam with Improv Comedy Bangalore. Creativity drives Vishok forward. Vishok moved to Mumbai to pursue post-graduate studies. There, he focused on teaching and facilitating improv. We talk about how Vishok connected his studies in social entrepreneurship to his work in improv. Vishok completed his post-graduate degree in Social Entrepreneurship from TISS, Mumbai in March 2020 and created his arts organization, “Let’s Express.” Vishok tells me his hopes and goals for his work. We discuss the power that art can have in a person’s life. Help Vishok Verma by supporting his company “Let’s Express.” He is looking for more artists, domain experts and volunteers who can help him build “Let’s Express” and enable him to provide quality learning to as many people as possible. The website and YouTube channel of “Let’s Express” are almost ready! Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement!Contact Vishok Verma to learn Effective Communication Skills from him for every communication context. He will engage you and your team in activities and games so simple and fun that you won’t even realize you are learning! Vishok is currently available via Zoom! Connect with him through LinkedIn or Instagram! Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. Treat Yourself. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy! This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why Podcast, I connected with Dr. Jennifer Christner, doctor, educator, and improviser. Jennifer G. Christner, MD is the Dean, School of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). Dr. Christner was practicing general pediatrics when early in her career, she was selected to become a National Faculty Development Scholar by the Academic Pediatric Association. This changed her focus from seeing patients to developing educational methods to train better doctors. This new path fascinated her, so since then, she has completed training programs in Medical Education as well as a Certification in Research. Dr. Christner works on research regarding new methods of medical education and faculty development. Most recently, Dr. Christner founded Christner Strategies, LLC to bring together all her skills and research. With this new business she is providing medical education consulting for her academic clients, and executive/life coaching for professionals in both academic and nonacademic environments. Dr. Christner also speaks at events about a variety of faculty development and leadership topics including the use of improvisation to enhance communication skills. When I met Dr. Christner (she told me to call her Jenny), we talked about how she got connected with the improv community in Houston, Texas. You see, the medical profession is tough (like really really tough), and Dr. Jenny needed a little break from all the hard work she had been doing. So she decided to take an improv class and completely fell in love with it. Dr. Jenny had already been focused on helping doctors tap into their creativity to work on soft skills like communication and professionalism. So when she found improv, it opened up a new door for her. She had found a new way to show her students how to open up, how to learn empathy, how to listen. In our conversation, we have a great chat about Dr. Jenny’s creative path. We start with her dreams of being a ballerina and we follow her journey through to the creation of Christner Strategies, LLC, her new life coaching company that supports leaders in both academic and nonacademic environments. Support Dr. Jenny Christner by hiring Christner Strategies, LLC (or by telling someone else about her great services)! You can also help Dr. Jenny by supporting her improv community in Houston, The Station Theater! New classes starting IN PERSON on July 14th!Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. You need a distraction. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy! This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week, Yes But Why Podcast features podcaster and Twitch streamer, Sammi Dittloff. Sammi Dittloff is an actor, writer, podcaster, Twitch streamer, and crafter who also works in marketing and social media. Sammi hosts and produces two podcasts: Pop Culture Diner is about The Bachelor and horror movies (and any other pop culture topics that comes up), and Dairy Free State, an interview podcast about food and health and what happens at that intersection. Sammi was working on a PhD in human geography with a focus on food equity across Milwaukee. (Whoa.) She is interested in a billion different things, all of which are creative in one way or another, and she seems to love working on all of them at once. Sammi is a very busy yet highly motivated person. If she says she wants to do something or learn about something, you better believe she’s going to do it. She’s a funny, gracious gal who lives life at a breakneck speed.We hit it off immediately. Sammi and I bonded about politics and how our parents’ involvement affected our childhoods (and honestly the way we think about everything now). We talked about building relationships and strategic communications; Sammi really schools me on some marketing ideas. This was a fun interview. Sammi t0ld me about being an actor kid growing up and how she dreamed of becoming a conductor of an orchestra. We chat about her work in promotions and media writing. Sammi told me about her community on Twitch and the fun shows she and her pals, @BizSnes and @aBlackSparrow are creating these days. I don’t know how she does it all but Sammi Dittloff sure is inspiring to me!Support Sammi Dittloff by watching her on Twitch. On her channel she can be found playing video games, hosting trivia, and occasionally crafting. Follow her at @Sammiditto !You should also listen to Sammi’s podcasts: Pop Culture Diner and Dairy Free State!Sammi is also doing a 50 Mile Challenge Walk to raise money for the Wisconsin MS Society – If you would like to support her in this endeavor, click here to donate: https://bit.ly/challengewalk2021Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. You need a distraction. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy! This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why, I talk to Indian improviser, Assad Khan. Assad Khan is the Founder, Producer and Artistic Director of “Creating Humour - An Improv Experience.” He is one-half of The Bromantic Duo with Rahmeen Charania. He is one-half of Creating EXTREME Humour with David Riley Pustansky. He is also one-half of The Elke and Assadie Show with Elke Reid. He is a proud member of the India Improv Ensemble with Kaivalya Plays. And he is also part of “The World Of Improv.”In our conversation, Assad tells the story of the first improv workshop he took, taught by the wildly popular Indian-South African improv artist and stand-up comedian, Kaneez Surka. He talks about being starstruck not only by his teacher by also by his fellow performer, well-established Indian stand-up comedian, Zakir Khan.Assad tells me about performing as a kid in school plays. He has always had a knack for making jokes on the spot. He loves to laugh and he loves making other people laugh.Like the rest of us, Assad grew up watching “Whose Line Is It Anyway.” He tells me the story of the time he got to have a Zoom conversation with his improv idol, Colin Mochrie, and the amazing and thoughtful advice he received. Assad talks excitedly about his local Mumbai-based improv community and all the great people he works with. We talk about Assad’s current work providing opportunities for other performers and making global connections with “The World of Improv.” Assad also shares his experiences connecting with improv teachers all over the world, such as Avinash Verma, Gael and Laura Doorneweerd-Perry, Mandy Butler, Stephen Davidson, Irina Wilder, Feña Ortalli, Will Hines, and Karla Dingle.Support Assad Khan by watching improv. He wants you to love it as much as he does. He urges that you watch a live, in-person improv show in your area. If you are not in the Mumbai area, however, I suggest you check out one of Assad’s various online improv projects: “Creating Humour - An Improv Experience,” The Bromantic Duo, Creating EXTREME Humour, The Elke and Assadie Show, and “The World Of Improv.”Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. You need a distraction. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy! This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles!
This week on Yes But Why, I chat with Jeff Rogers, comedian, emcee, author, keynote speaker, actor, game show host and so much more.Starting off as an award-winning stand-up comic in the late 1980’s, Jeff Rogers was spotted by Amy Sedaris who suggested he audition for The Second City Theater in Chicago. Jeff is the second youngest performer behind John Belushi to be hired at the renowned Second City theater.Jeff Rogers is currently a Professional Corporate Emcee, a best-selling Author, and an award-winning Creative Director with almost 30 years experience engaging audiences. In 2011, Jeff was the Creative Director for the inaugural Chicago Ideas Week featuring 170 speakers at 60 venues across the city of Chicago. Jeff can be seen on TV in his recurring roles on Chicago PD & Chicago Fire and in his numerous national commercials.In our conversation, Jeff talks about being an improv evangelist, meaning he tells everyone they should take an improv class. I am the same. Seriously, everyone go take an improv class. We talk about Chicago improv in the late 80s/ early 90s heyday. We talk about Jeff’s experience in the community and how it shapes the classes he teaches today. Jeff talks to me about Players Workshop, Chicago’s oldest improv school. This is where Jeff studied improv in the late 1980s and he counts founder Jo Forsberg as a major inspiration in his life. When Jo retired in the early 2000s, Players Workshop closed down but Jeff couldn’t bear it. So he connected with Ms. Forsberg and got her blessing to revitalize the Players Workshop once again. Jeff talks about his book, “The Playmaker Mindset” and the idea of using your innate creativity to achieve your goals. We talk of our love for speaking in front of large crowds (and how much we miss it). Jeff tells me about the big events he hosts and how he loves bringing improv to the corporate world. Support Jeff Rogers by taking classes with The Players Workshop! You should also hire Jeff Rogers to emcee your corporate event! It’d be so fun! #MeetJeffRogersRead Jeff’s book, “The Playmaker Mindset: A Radically Fun Way To Build a Culture of Teamwork and Instant Innovation,” available now on Amazon!Also, Jeff is working on a project to collect statistics on how improv theaters are run globally as a means of helping current and future improv leaders. Go to profitableimprov.com to add your theater to the survey and you’ll get full access to their findings!Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. You need a distraction. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy! This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by True Hemp Science! True Hemp Science is our Austin-based resource for vegan friendly, whole plant extract CBD oil. Go to TrueHempScience.com to peruse all the therapeutic CBD product options! Use code YesButWhy7 to get 7% off your order of $50 or more and get a free packet of 2 CBD edibles! (production notes: recorded zoom meeting via Rodecaster on 5/20/2021…posted on 6/14/2021)
This week on Yes But Why, I interviewed French improviser/musician, Bertrand Hance. Bertrand Hance is a man with many creative talents. He is a skilled improv comedian and a corporate team building coach. He is currently teaching theatrical improvisation workshops for teens and adults through The Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture des 3 Maisons as well as an improv workshop for people with disabilities through APF Nancy. Bertrand is also a certified cooking teacher, a musical composer, and an avid amateur astronomer. In our conversation, Bertrand tells me how his brother got him into improv. Bertrand talks about the vibrant improv community of his hometown, Nancy. We discuss the importance of storytelling to culture, to being human.We talk about the exhilaration of performing onstage and how much we both miss it. Bertrand and I connect on our love of teaching improv and helping people become more confident. Support Bertrand by taking a class from him! Check out his website bertrandhance.com to find out more about classes in acting, music, or cooking! You should also check out “Zone 42.” It’s a fantasy web series for which Bertrand performed as an actor and composed music for the soundtrack!Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetworkThis episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. You need a distraction. Get Audible. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com to connect with us so we can help you with your podcast! Save money by putting in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off the first service for workshop you buy!
This week on Yes But Why, I chat with Washington DC-based performer, Karen Lange. Karen Lange is an actor, singer, improviser, and producer. In 2008, Karen co-founded Pinky Swear Productions. Over a decade later, Karen is amazed by how many awesome shows Pinky Swear has done and how many amazing artists they have had the opportunity to work with. In addition to her work with Pinky Swear Productions, Karen acts in theatrical productions all over the DC area. She also performs in “Vox Pop,” a 3 person musical improv troupe which has been the darling of festivals across the country. In this episode, Karen and I talk about creating your own opportunities. We talk about shows we have produced and having the confidence to produce your own show if auditions at theaters don’t bear fruit for you. We talk about doing musicals. I am totally jealous of Karen because she got to do Grease for her final musical in high school. So fun! Karen tells me how that evolved into performing musical improv and the various theatrical scenes she connected with on her journey to today. Karen tells me she has taken over 100 hours of online theater classes since the shutdown began and I was floored. That is truly an accomplishment. We talk about the humility required to learn new things and the strength it takes to actually use the lessons. Karen’s so cool too; she is going to use the extra knowledge she got to elevate her current projects, Pinky Swear Productions and “Vox Pop.” Support Karen by checking out Pinky Swear Productions! Keep your eye out for performances once they reopen. Or contact her now via her website and hire her to perform for your event!Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetwork This episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com and put in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off your first consultation!
This week on Yes But Why, I had the pleasure of talking to Roberto Lewis.Roberto Lewis is a writer and improviser from San Jose, CA. He performs improv with ACME Theater’s “Pick-Up Game” and in Impro Theatre’s “Rom Com Improvised.” Roberto can be seen on Ripley Improv's “Heartbeats,” an improvised medical drama, available now on YouTube. Roberto also writes and performs for the sketch group, “The Bizness.”From the stories he tells, Roberto has been a voracious learner since he was a little bookish kid. In our conversation, we talk about his journey to develop the skills of improv. Roberto and I chat about how there are a thousand (probably more) different ways to look at improv.After Groupon lured him to that first improv class, Roberto was hooked. He soaked up all of the improv theory that his corner of Los Angeles offered. Roberto was performing and taking classes all over town. And then later, when he moved to Tokyo and met past YBY guests Mike Staffa and Christiane Brew, he started teaching improv as well as performing. Roberto’s craft is ever evolving because he is always sharpening his skills.I had such a great conversation with Roberto. There are so many fun improv rabbit holes in our chat. We talk about improvised Shakespeare, the history of improv, and the perfect 3rd beat. Tune in!Support Roberto Lewis by watching episodes of “Heartbeats” on YouTube!You can also watch Roberto perform in “RomCom Improvised,” on the Impro Theatre Twitch channel. Two shows left! Sat 5/29 at 9:30pm PST and Sun 5/30 at 4:30pm PSTYes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetwork This episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com and put in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off your first consultation!
This week on Yes But Why, I interview Austin improviser, Kit Brooks. Kit Brooks is an Educator & Theatre Artist with a passion for inclusion. Kit has performed in many shows at Austin improv theaters, both on the stage in the before times and in the improv Zoom shows that are the norm these days. Kit teaches improv classes to neurodiverse students through The Hideout's Building Connections program. Kit is also an aerial dancer and an education researcher with a Master’s Degree in Learning Sciences.Creativity permeates Kit’s soul. We connected in an improv group on Facebook (because where else do people meet anymore) and Kit’s enthusiasm and support for the global improv community drew me to them. We had a great time chatting about our creative goals. In our conversation, we talk about Kit’s lifelong dedication to being an educator and all the research done in service of that mission. We talk about Kit’s deep study into how creativity and identity affect how we learn and how that rabbit hole led them to finding improv. Kit’s breadth of knowledge on the way we learn and process information was fascinating. A great listen!Kit just finished up the first semester of their 2nd (!) Master's degree while also working full-time so you can support Kit by telling them how freaking amazing they are next time you see them. Or, you can watch Kit perform improv next time they feature on The Hideout’s Twitch channel! Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetwork This episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com and put in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off your first consultation!
This week, Yes But Why speaks with globally acclaimed improviser, Gael Doorneweerd-Perry. Gael is a French improv performer/teacher who is currently running The Flock Theatre in Amsterdam alongside his wife, Laura Doorneweerd-Perry. Gael started his improv journey in Strasbourg where co-founded Anananas & Pampamplemousse (formerly La Carpe Haute). He’s also co-founder of the SIN, an international network of improvisers in Europe.Gael and Laura travel all over the globe, performing and teaching improv. Most recently in 2019-2020, they toured the world to teach and perform their romantic comedy narrative improv show, “Object of Affection.” In our conversation, Gael talks to me about his love for storytelling and for cats. Gael tells me about his start in improv with La Lolita Association in Strasbourg. We talk about the Flock Theater, the improv theater in Amsterdam that Gael runs with his wife Laura Doorneweerd-Perry.I talk about being a control freak. Gael says he prefers to perform unstructured, freeform improv. He says, “As much as I am someone who is very organized, I am also someone who don’t like authority.” Oh boy, we couldn’t be more similar. We talk about the cultural differences of improv in different parts of the world. We have a really great discussion about communication and Gael really blows my mind with his theory on the “sending” and “receiving” communication styles. Seriously it opened my eyes to a whole new way of teaching improv. Gael tells me about being creatively excited for teaching his upcoming classes. He is exploring Japanese cinema in one class and radio plays in another. Support Gael by taking one of his upcoming workshops! You will not be disappointed! Sign up for Gael's newsletter and stay tuned for future projects!Yes But Why Podcast is a proud member of the HC Universal Network family of podcasts. Visit us at HCUniversalNetwork.com to join in on the fun. #YesButWhy #Podcast #HCUniversalNetwork This episode of Yes But Why podcast is sponsored by audible - get your FREE audiobook download and your 30 day free trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/YESBUTWHY. This episode of Yes But Why is also sponsored by PodcastCadet.com. Go to PodcastCadet.com and put in offer code YBY20 to get 20% off your first consultation! (production notes: many technical difficulties this day…recorded zoom meeting through my Google Surface on 4/1/2021…posted on 5/10/2021)
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