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Improv Is A Team Sport
Improv Is A Team Sport September 17, 2017 Posted by: LMA Category: Improv.Blog , No Comments Improv Is A Team Sport Comedy is typically thought of as a solo pursuit, from the high school class clown to legendary stand ups, usually, people are trying to be the funniest: the single most funny person in a [...]
What is Improv?
What is Improv? September 11, 2017 Posted by: LMA Category: Improv.Blog , No Comments Improvisation, or improv, (also called impro) is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Often improvisers will take a suggestion from the audience, or draw [...]
Justin Porter & Vidya Rajan Join the Roster
Justin Porter & Vidya Rajan Join the Roster Things are about to get super sketchy at LMA in Melbourne. We are extremely excited to welcome Justin and Vidya to the LMA family. They will kick things off in Melbourne with a Level 1 Sketch Comedy Writing Class - and you can register right now! Justin [...]
A Disposable Life
A Disposable Life This week's post is by LMA Artistic Director Dan Pavatich One of the fundamental ideas behind Improv is that it is disposable, anything we create exists for a moment and then evaporates. The upside is that improvisers learn to believe in the power of creativity, and the moment. The downside can be that [...]
Improvising With Hippos
Improvising With Hippos Nikki-Anne Wilson is a PhD student based at the Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney. Her research examines how imagination contributes to social behaviour, specifically, whether the inability to imagine may explain the loss of social skills in dementia. She is also an LMA student, a wannabe improv star [...]
How Do You Get Better At Improv?
How Do You Get Better At Improv? Our guest blog this week comes from Andy Balloch, LMA Melbourne’s School Coordinator and Producer who has studied at iO Chicago and The Improv Conspiracy, where he now coaches Levels 1 - 3. Andy regularly performs in ‘Us Plus One', is a member of the Deconstruction Ensemble (Laugh Master’s [...]
Fast-thinking. Creativity. Bravery… and Improv.
Fast-thinking. Creativity. Bravery... and Improv. Guest Blog by Oliver Shawyer I recently returned from holidays, and in doing so, set myself an aggressive task of getting out and about to try new things. Things that both confronted me and reminded me of how much there is on offer when you actually put yourself out there. There's [...]
On The Right Track
On The Right Track Carolyn Mullen is an LMA Student and an actor based in Sydney. Her passion for performing started at age 4. Since then she has studied at various schools including the Ensemble Studios under Zika Nester OAM, Actors Centre, NIDA, Theatre Sports and Macquarie University and has worked in theatre, film and [...]
7 Things You Need to Master Improv
7 Things You Need to Master Improv This week’s guest blog post is from Ryan Karels (New York City's Upright Citizens Brigade) who taught Level 2 and 3 improv at LMA (Sydney), Term 2, 2017. While teaching improv at LMA, I'll note in the scene, "This is more of a spiritual note...” So LMA asked me to write [...]
Master and Apprentice Alike
Master and Apprentice Alike This post is by Dan Pavatich, LMA's Artistic Director I have been lucky enough to perform with some extremely funny and talented people, some of whom have been performing for decades, and others for only a matter of weeks. Such was the case last night at The Night Shift, when I had the [...]
Advice From A Very Wise And Handsome Man!
Advice From A Very Wise And Handsome Man! Kishore Yadav is an LMA student. Once a very WISE and HANDSOME man said "IMPROV SHOULD BE MADE MANDATORY FOR EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD". This man is the one writing this blog, the first blog of his life! Forgive me for having called myself both handsome and [...]
Finding Your Emotional Truth In Improv
Finding Your Emotional Truth In Improv May 18, 2017 Posted by: LMA Category: Guest Blog , No Comments Finding Your Emotional Truth In Improv An improv scene is a space where, by proxy, you are able to explore any real-life relationship or interaction you can conceive of, as well as the imaginary and absurd. The [...]
How It Really Feels Stepping Into Your First Improv Class
How It Really Feels Stepping Into Your First Improv Class I am trying to summon back how it felt stepping into an LMA improv class first the first time. It would be easy now, knowing how I’ve come to love the class and the legends in it, to blur any recollection of apprehension on that [...]
Finding The Funny
Finding The Funny Search for: Recent Posts Half Year Hustle Another Way to Get Your Next Class FREE Link it Up! Laughter is a Cure The Improv Festival Experience Recent Comments- LMA on Improv Classes for Actors in Australiachrisso16 on Improv Classes for Actors in Australia- LMA on School Term Dates 2019Ben on School Term [...]
Fail Joyfully And Five Great Life Lessons from Improv
Fail Joyfully And Five Great Life Lessons from Improv This is a guest post from LMA Student Susan Zheng Failing should be celebrated. It means you are closer to your goals than you were if you hadn’t tried. In my very first improv class we were taught this through an imaginary ball toss. If you [...]
Jeff Mesina Makes LMA History!
Jeff Mesina Makes LMA History! Laugh-Masters Academy is thrilled to announce Jeff Mesina will be joining the LMA Teacher Team in Term 2, 2017. Jeff is the first ever LMA student to complete our Teacher Training Track and become a teacher. This is an exciting and wonderful moment in the history of the school and for our growing community. [...]