Category Archives: improvisation

Lobman, Perone, O’Neill boost performance activism at The Association for the Study of Play

That’s play maven and longtime Institute colleague and educator Tony Perone (4th from l.) and Institute pedagogy director and play-pal Carrie Lobman (6th from l.) in the pointy-green elf hats — taking a bow after a performance at annual conference of The … Continue reading

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International Class alumni partner to bring art and development to Ciudad Juárez

This just in from International Class (2012/13) alumna and PTW 2014 Organizing Committee powerhouse, Sandra Paola Lopez, reporting on a recent collaboration with fellow International Class colleagues in Juarez, Mexico: This March, in2improv joined efforts with the Fred Newman Center to bring a … Continue reading

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Sanjay Kumar’s Pandies Theatre featured in TDR (The Drama Review)

International Class (2012) alumnus Sanjay Kumar has a new article in the Winter 2013 issue of TDR (The Drama Review) entitled, Performing on the Platform:  Creating Theatre with India’s Platform Children. TDR is the prestigious performance studies journal edited by Richard Schechner, one of the pioneers of the … Continue reading

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Play Day! Holzman to present at TedXNavesink

Lois Holzman will be a featured speaker at the upcoming TedX Navesink in Red Bank, N.J., May 10. It’s a day-long forum featuring several dozen presentations and entertainment dedicated to exploring the power and potential of PLAY!   Here’s how Lois describes her talk … Continue reading

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Raquell Holmes’ ImprovScience featured in Nature Magazine

Dr. Raquell Holmes, an International Class alumna and  cell biologist, was featured this month in the prestigious international science journal Nature in an article entitled Spontaneous Science.  Raquell’s innovative work to introduce improvisation and collaborative inquiry to the “hard sciences” is featured alongside Alan Alda’s efforts to shepherd the teaching … Continue reading

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Dr. Tony Perone: Imaginative Play Is Key in Adults’ Development

Congratulations to Institute colleague, educator and performer/improviser par excellence, Tony Perone for successfully defending his doctoral thesis in May.   His dissertation—entitled The Presence and Significance of Imaginative Play in the Lives of Mexican-Americans and conducted under the supervision of Dr. Artin Goncu—earned him a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology … Continue reading

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Lobman in Vilnius, Lithuania, finds kindred (play and performance) spirits

  At the invitation of faculty Milda Bredekyte and Pentti Hakkarainen, the Institute’s director of pedagogy Carrie Lobman led a week-long series of trainings on new approaches to play and performance at the Vilnius Pedagogical Institute and at an off-campus educational retreat for the Productive … Continue reading

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Carrie Lobman + Tony Perone: Play Movement Is Alive and Kicking

Carrie Lobman reports @ Improvisational Learning.org on her work at the joint meetings of  The Association for the Study of Play and the International Play Association in Newark, Delaware. Teaming-up with Chicago-based improv artist and educator Tony Perone,  Carrie led a session titled, Revolutions in Play: Advocacy, Research, … Continue reading

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Murilo Dos Santos Moscheta: Advancing an aesthetic approach to human development

Brazilian psychologist and International Class (2010) alumnus Murilo Dos Santos Moscheta recently published an article entitled, Performance and Identity:  Notes for an Aesthetic/Relational Appraisal of Development, which appears in the Brazilian journal Nova Perspectiva Sistêmica (NPS), out of Rio de Janeiro. Dos Santos … Continue reading

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Holmes introduces improv to Harvard grad students

Dr. Raquell Holmes, a graduate of The International Class in 2011, recently led a professional development workshop with grad students in the Systems Biology research program at Harvard University. The workshop — which introduced performance and improvisation as a modality … Continue reading

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Chris Reyman and Sandra Paola Lopez are in2 improv

  International Class members and artists/educators Chris Reyman  and Sandra Paola López are the creators of  in2 improv, a creative arts/community building project which draws heavily on music, movement and dance to help participants discover their social connectedness. Says Reyman: We think of ourselves … Continue reading

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Steve & Mary Alice host PTW sneak preview with Lobman and Sutherland

Blog Talk Radio hosts and play mavens, Steve Dahlberg and Mary Alice Long, Ph.D., celebrated the two-year anniversary of their show, Creativity in Play with a special “Sneak Preview” of Performing the World 2012 (PTW). The September 25 show features interviews on … Continue reading

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Crazytown creator, Jude Treder-Wolff, interviews Carrie Lobman

Creative arts therapist and performance artist, Jude Treder-Wolff interviewed the Institute’s Carrie Lobman, for a column, entitled: The Radical Collaboration Made Possible Through Play, which appeared on the online news hub, Long Island Inter-personal Relationships Examiner.  Treder-Wolff is the creator of the one-woman show, Crazytown, and … Continue reading

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Cathy Salit leads performance workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa

  At the invitation of Betsi Pendry (third row, yellow scarf),  ESI faculty and Performance of a Lifetime CEO Cathy Rose Salit (second row, center), led a workshop at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa with students, faculty and facilitators from Drama for … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe’s Daniel Maposa of Savanna Trust to present at PTW 2012

From Zimbabwe, Daniel Maposa is one of the 100+ pre­sen­ters and work­shop leaders com­ing to PTW 2012.  Maposa is the direc­tor of the Savanna Trust, which brings the­atre into the streets and vil­lages of polit­i­cally polar­ized Zim­babwe to cre­ate a … Continue reading

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The Miracle Project — Not Acting Normal

Carrie Lobman reports on meeting The Miracle Project… Last night I saw a funny, touching and creative piece of theater called A Brief History of All Things performed by the Miracle Project Players, a theater group made up of children and teens with autism, special … Continue reading

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Alex Sutherland leads prison performances in South Africa

Alex Sutherland reports on her work in the local prison in Grahamstown South Africa, where she leads weekly theatre-making workshops. Andile (shown above rehearsing with the Ubom drama company) had been a member of the prison performance ensemble since the group formed … Continue reading

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Mary Fridley and Marian Rich perform how laughing matters

Marian Rich and Mary Fridley’s workshop this past weekend, Laughing Matters:  A Playful/Philosophical Approach to Creating Humor, drew 25 people interested in learning to create environments to bring more humor, laughter and lightness into their lives. (No small feat!) “We … Continue reading

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Scientists test the waters on improv and performance

Biologist, performance enthusiast and International Class alumna Raquell Holmes, hosted a conference at UConn Health Center at Farmington, CT, on Performance Science Education:  Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research. The multi-disciplianary happening was attended by 40 educators and grad students from the STEM … Continue reading

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Denver’s Face Project: Young people performing their lives

The Ethnography of a Suicide.  Maddy’s a Mess.  These are titles of teen dramas appearing on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and Twitter, as well as via live performance in malls, skateboard parks, cineplexes (and other places that teens congregate) across Denver, Colorado. Created … Continue reading

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STEM to STEAM: Educators consider value of arts

Education Week reports in the Dec. 7 edition that some educational experts have renewed the call for adding the arts to the STEM curriculum…. STEM—shorthand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—has quickly taken hold in education policy circles, but some experts … Continue reading

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Institute welcomes Jackie Salit for a conversation on democracy and development

The Institute’s Lois Holzman, Christine LaCerva and Rafael Mendez welcome Independent Voting’s chief political strategist, Jacqueline Salit, for a conversation “from the fringe” on politics, culture, emotionality and development. Salit is the author of the upcoming, Independents Rising. Entitled, Independent Minded: … Continue reading

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Can Performance (change) SAVE the world?

The seventh Performing the World conference will be held in NYC, Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. International, cross-discipinary, conversational, experiential and practical-critical, PTW has come over the decade to play an increasingly important role in supporting and … Continue reading

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The Institute welcomes Johnny Blazes for some gender bending performances

The Institute welcomes performance artist Johnny Blazes for a weekend of gender bending performances on October 21 & 22.  Johnny’s Friday performance/ presentation explores the visual vocabulary of gender using visual puns and performance tropes. Carrie Lobman will team up … Continue reading

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Performance as Therapy for children in Delhi’s Pandies’ Theatre

Sanjay Kumar, founder and artistic director of Delhi’s Pandies’ Theatre, is in NYC this week for the fall residency of the Institute’s International Class. His workshop at the Institute on Saturday, Sept. 24, offered participants a look at the therapeutic/ … Continue reading

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Cathy Rose Salit to present at “Creativity in Business” conference

  Performance of a Lifetime CEO, Cathy Rose Salit, will be a featured presenter at the Creativity in Business conference, planned for October 23, in Washington, D.C.  Cathy’s talk is entitled:  Performance of a Lifetime: Improvisation and Theater for Professional and Personal Growth.  The … Continue reading

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Imagination Summit at Lincoln Center: Big Thinking for America

Teacher educator and play and improvisation advocate, Carrie Lobman, attended America’s Imagination Summit in NYC last week, sponsored by the Lincoln Center Institute, the education wing of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Summit activity?  “Imagination conversations” that could tap the creativity and … Continue reading

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Getting creative with teacher education

Carrie Lobman responds to a recent New York Times feature, Ed Schools’ Pedagogical Puzzle, July 21, 2011. The Times reports on the gap left by traditional teacher education programs: …Teachers already bypass traditional education degrees, entering classrooms with temporary licenses after … Continue reading

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New book — Structure & Improvisation in Creative Teaching — features Carrie Lobman & Tony Perone

A new book on creative teaching, Structure and Improvisation in Creative Teaching (Cambridge University Press), edited by R. Keith Sawyer, was released this month. It includes chapters by improvisation and play champions, Carrie Lobman, Ed.D., and Ph.D. candidate and Applied Improvisation Network … Continue reading

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