Dan Starkey is an actor appearing in television series such as Doctor Who, inside No.9 and Class Dismissed on CBBC. He’s performed with many improv groups and done improv marathons.
I’m a massive Doctor Who fan, and seeing Dan improvise some online shorts for Doctor Who, a big TV production, made want to delve into how that came about and find out more about Dan’s work.
- improv, Keith Johnstone
- Spontaneity shop, Tom Salinsky, Debra Francis-White
- Bristol Old Vic
- Be generous to your audience and don’t stare at the floor
- Start the scene with silence, creating character
- Getting a reaction – Improvised comedy and Christmas carols
- On the set of Doctor Who, Sleep no More, Bethany Black and Mark Gatiss.
- David Tennant, Peter Capaldi and Russell T. Davis ..and me.
- London improvathon, Lord of thrones
- Liverpool improvathon, Impropriety
- Die Nasty Theatre, Soap-a-thon
- How long can we sustain being present?
- Buskin the magic cobbler
- Class Dismissed.
- Attribution of improvised lines in a scripted piece
- Big Finish Audio
Links: Dan on Twitter | Dan on IMDB
Mary is a learning and development professional. She trained with Second city and combines her skills to deliver dynamic experiential learning programs.
Mary uses applies improvisation techniques in the area of behavioural health. Working with business in professional development courses and families, she helps people manage issues such as stress, anxiety and addiction to fulfil their peak potential.
When I started the podcast in 2016, Mary was on top of my list of people to talk to. In this interview we talk about how improvisation can be applied to increase quality of life. By being present, utilising the fundamentals of ‘Yes And’ to accept and commit to positive change in ourselves and in helping others.
This episode in bullet points
- A.C.T. – Acceptance Commitment Therapy
- Tony Robbins – date with destiny
- A brief digression on yoga.
Connect With Mary
www.marytcurtis.com | Mary on Linkedin
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“Story is the way our brain makes meaning of the world.”
In this interview with Kat Koppett we discuss her career origins in theatre and how she went back into the classroom to explore the qualities of improvisation as a tool for training. We also talk about improv in different cultures, and get a great viewpoint of the historical development of the improv scene in the US. New York, USA.
Kat () is head of Koppett.com, a company specialising in the use of theatre, improv and storytelling techniques to enhance individual and group performance.
- Connecting to yourself and ‘the practive of living’
- Cultural differences
- Raising the bar of training in the improv training field