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Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show up

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In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors.

Let’s face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a “script,” it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges—whether it’s dealing with a demanding boss, a tired child, or one of life’s never-ending surprises. Patricia Madson distills thirty years of experience into thirteen simple strategies, including “Say Yes,” “Start Anywhere,” “Face the Facts,” and “Make Mistakes, Please,” helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor.

Synopsis:

An acting coach and expert on improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by musicians and actors, as well as the maxims of improvisational theater, to cope with the unexpected challenges of life, work, and relationships. 20,000 first printing.

About the Author

Patricia Ryan Madson has been teaching for four decades. On the Stanford drama faculty since 1977, she founded the Stanford Improvisors in 1991. As head of the undergraduate acting program, she won the university’s highest teaching prize, the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding contribution to undergraduate education. She also teaches at the Esalen Institute and for Stanford’s Continuing Studies. Patricia lives with her husband, Ronald Madson, and their Himalayan cat, Buddha, in El Granada, California, where they direct the California Center for Constructive Living.

Table of Contents

Say yes — Don't prepare — Just show up — Start anywhere — Be average — Pay attention — Face the facts — Stay on course — Wake up to the gifts — Make mistakes, please — Act now — Take care of each other — Enjoy the ride.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307531841
Subtitle:
Don't Prepare, Just Show up
Publisher:
Bell Tower
Author:
Patricia Ryan Madson
Author:
Madson, Patricia Ryan
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Drama : General
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050503
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
159

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"Synopsis" by , An acting coach and expert on improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by musicians and actors, as well as the maxims of improvisational theater, to cope with the unexpected challenges of life, work, and relationships. 20,000 first printing.
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