The Bring a Brick podcast interviews people from all over the world who use applied improvisation and improv in their work. It’s a broad and constantly developing field where I take the role of curious student, to learn how people teach and benefit from the unique values of applying improv.
I use improv and play to teach and discover in pretty much everything I do. I’ve taught workshops for the BBC New Comedy Awards and use improv skill in my stand up comedy and my design work. I started the Bring a Brick podcast in September 2016 out of a curiosity to discover how trainers and professionals use the ‘how’ of improvisation.
It’s been enlightening listening to different points of view, and stories of people in different parts of the world and how they teach the ‘way’ of improv in different environments. I’m getting a lot of great feedback and it’s evolved into one of the most enjoyable things I do.
- Paul Z. Jackson is one of the founders of Applied Improvisation Network, we talked about his work and digressed on the topic of improvisation on television.
- Mary T. Curtis works in behavioural health, coaching people with issues such as stress and anxiety and the YES AND, accepting and building in therapy.
- Neil Mullarkey didn’t need any introduction. We chatted about the business of improv, story structure, character comedy and how to bring improv into a training session by giving examples. Loads in this one.
- Adam St John Lawrence is a Customer experience consultant, who uses improv to generate ideas, break them and get better questions. Loads of great content here about understanding the world you’re selling to.
- Dan Starkey is an actor appearing in television series such as Doctor Who, and insode No.9. We chat about how a foundation of improv can help an actor approach a role.
- Cathy Salit is CEO of Performance of a Lifetime. Among the many thinks we talk about, Cathy explains her view on ‘performative psychology’ and how everything we do – our life – can be seen as a performance.
- Paul Goddard is a coach in agile development and certified Scrum trainer. We touch on the geographical differences in recognition of improv in the US and UK and how improvisation can be applied to agile development
- Finally I interviewed Pam Victor on her ‘Zen of Improv’. Her mission it is to make the world a happier place through improv.
Missed a show or want to listen again? Here’s a list of all the shows so far.
- Series 2 Summary | Question and create 05/09/2017
- Pam Victor | The Zen of Improv 04/14/2017
- Paul Goddard | Improv in Agile development 03/27/2017
- Cathy Salit | Performance of a lifetime 03/16/2017
- Dan Starkey | An Actors Foundation 03/10/2017
- Adam St John Lawrence | Improvisation for Innovation 03/03/2017
- Neil Mullarkey | The Business of Improvisation 02/23/2017
- Mary T. Curtis | Behavioral Health 02/16/2017
- Paul Z. Jackson | Train the Trainer 02/09/2017
- More Yes. More and. Series 2 available soon. 02/06/2017
- Series 1 Summary | To connect and improve. 01/12/2017
- Richard Pascoe | Presentation skills and Facilitation 12/29/2016
- Marijn Vissers | Social Inclusion 12/21/2016
- Dominic Wilcox | Creativity and Invention 12/15/2016
- Sam Al-Hamdani | Diversity and Inclusion 12/08/2016
- Patrick Short | Improv for Training 11/29/2016
- Gillian Hatcher | Improv in Design (and art) 11/24/2016
- Kat Koppett | Storytelling 11/22/2016
- Drew Tarvin | Improv in Business 11/15/2016
- Interviewing people who use improv in the work and life. 09/07/2016
Sound and stings by Dave Depper using creative commons licensing.