Posts by Andrew Buck

Interview: Amy Jordan of The New Movement & The Improv Wins Conference

This weekend is the Improv Wins Conference and Festival in Austin. From this Thursday through Sunday (Jan. 22-25), improvisers from around the world converge on The New Movement Theater to take workshops, perform a ton, and network with their peers.  AustinImprov.com interviewed Amy Jordan, the director of education for The New Movement (TNM) and one of the main…

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3 Ways to Amplify Your Improv

I’ve been watching and performing a lot of improv lately, and I’ve noticed some naughty trends emerging—both in my own play and in others. I think much of our improv education is about repetition—reminding ourselves, time and again, of the fundamentals, so that we don’t drift too far from them. So here are some reminders: #1…

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Kevin Miller of “History Under the Influence”

dinEvery Thursday in May, the headlining show at The Hideout Theatre is History Under the Influence. The premise of this show is simple enough: a narrator, played formidably by Austin improv veteran Mr. Kevin Miller, spends the afternoon getting drunk on whisky and beer, and then he describes a historical event or two. A team of…

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How to Survive a Bad Improv Show (or Two)

Guilty as charged! Sometimes, I take improvisation too seriously. Other times, I don’t take it seriously enough. And an imbalance in either direction produces what Wall Street might call … “suboptimal returns.” Two quick and recent examples: 1. A couple of nights ago, I was in a show titled “History Under the Influence” at The Hideout Theatre.…

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