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writings about applied improv and related efforts

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I'm trying to get references for writings about applied improvisation, not improv theatre so much as applications in work, spirituality, organizations, anything besides "therapy"   Please email me at…Continue

Forthcoming AIN Conference

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Hello, All: I live near the site of the next AIN conference and hope to promote this conference for you and for related groups! My main thrust is bridge-building among all groups that share the…Continue

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Action Explorations & Psychodrama: Oakland, April 2014

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The ASGPP--- the American (and Canadian) Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama---will be holding its annual conference next year in Oakland, across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, April…Continue

History Time Line

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Z Jackson Jan 31, 2013. 1 Reply

At the recent conference in September in San Francisco I saw on butcher paper a big ol' history time line of the various aspects of applied improvisation. Does anyone know where I can see it again…Continue

 

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Markus Lothar Fourier left a comment for Adam Blatner
"Hello Adam, I'm not from Georgetown or even from USA, I'm from Brazil, but I work with improvisation, theatre games, psychodrama and sociodrama. I'm part of Improvida - applied improvisation (www.improvida.com). Our wbesite is only in…"
Mar 29
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writings about applied improv and related efforts

I'm trying to get references for writings about applied improvisation, not improv theatre so much as applications in work, spirituality, organizations, anything besides "therapy"   Please email me at adam@blatner.comSee More
Feb 28
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Forthcoming AIN Conference

Hello, All: I live near the site of the next AIN conference and hope to promote this conference for you and for related groups! My main thrust is bridge-building among all groups that share the common features of improvisation, enactment and collaborative creativity. These can then be applied with further "apps" towards many goals:   - Drama Therapy  - Theatre of the Oppressed    - Bibliodrama for Literature Study   - Drama in Education   - Expressive Arts Therapies   - Psychodrama   - Playback…See More
Dec 29, 2013
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2014 Conference of the National Psychodrama Association at Marriott Hotel, downtown Oakland, California

April 3, 2014 to April 7, 2014
On the weekend of April 5, 2014, the ASGPP, the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, will hold its annual conference in Oakland, across from San Francisco, California. Psychodrama arose from one of the roots of Improv in Vienna, in 1921. It's time to build bridges with related organizations such as between the AIN and ASGPP. If you're interested in presenting, begin to prepare a proposal. More information will be out in early May noting the theme. Check back at…See More
Feb 26, 2013
Adam Blatner posted a discussion

Action Explorations & Psychodrama: Oakland, April 2014

The ASGPP--- the American (and Canadian) Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama---will be holding its annual conference next year in Oakland, across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, April 3 – 7, 2014. (They'll have a theme and a call-for-papers by May 2013)     I want to build bridges among people who share the common denominators of improvisation, enactment, creative collaboration and insight with the Applied Improvisation Network.There’s also a big drama therapy community and…See More
Feb 26, 2013
Paul Z Jackson replied to Adam Blatner's discussion History Time Line
"Hi Adam, the time line was created by anyone at the conference who wanted to add their bit of info.  There are definitely pix of it somewhere around."
Jan 31, 2013
Adam Blatner posted a discussion

History Time Line

At the recent conference in September in San Francisco I saw on butcher paper a big ol' history time line of the various aspects of applied improvisation. Does anyone know where I can see it again and  talk with its creators about the history?    I'm  working on a chapter about  applications of improvisation and enactment in organizations and  business and am seeking some people to correspond with about anecdotes.    Please email me   adam@blatner.comSee More
Jan 28, 2013
Adam Blatner posted a status
"I'm revising my Art of Play books and looking for succinct examples of applications in business and organizations.email adam@blatner.com"
Jan 24, 2013
Adam Blatner replied to Belina Raffy's discussion AIN President Bulletin: Valuable and Useful Concepts to Apply
"Hi Belina and others,  yes, VUCA  Valuable and  Useful Concepts to Apply, Volatility , Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity, properties of highly complex system dynamics. Yes,  a new acronym. These can be annoying unless they are…"
Dec 3, 2012
Adam Blatner replied to Teresa Norton's discussion Hitting the Pause Button...
"Great! I'm looking for lots of anecdotes and webpages or papers that illustrate how improv or role playing can foster better interpersonal skills. I will allude to these on a companion webpage supporting a chapter on how role playing skills can…"
Nov 5, 2012
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Other Anti-Bullying Programs

Becca Greene-van-Horn leads a group called "Act Smart" up in New  England. She uses a teen theatre group to illustrate relevant teen issues, butprimarily anti-bullying strategies. We have worked hard to gain somerecognition, so this article means a lot.http://www.gazettenet.com/home/2027434-95/amherst-actsmart-members-bullyingPoint here is that there are a number of drama therapists involved in activities…See More
Oct 12, 2012
Jeffrey Arterburn left a comment for Adam Blatner
"Sorry for taking so long.  The idea of improv fostering a life philosophy is kind of a really big one.  For me it interacts with every facet of my life, whether it be mundane daily interactions with people all the way to political…"
Sep 28, 2012
Adam Blatner replied to Belina Raffy's discussion AIN Board Bulletin: What’s the difference between a community of games and a community of play?
"Yes and!  re Paul's line above: "..the decision to do that should be..." I like that concept of opening to the appropriateness of the moment. Very in the spirit of J. L. Moreno and his spontaneity-creativity theory. What this…"
Sep 26, 2012
Adam Blatner replied to Belina Raffy's discussion AIN Board Bulletin: What’s the difference between a community of games and a community of play?
"Yes, and...     Improv just for fun; this is in a way what the "game" structure of my book The Art of Play is about, using methods derived from sociodrama. No purpose other than fun. Maybe more ability to enjoy the game,…"
Sep 26, 2012
Adam Blatner replied to Belina Raffy's discussion AIN Board Bulletin: What’s the difference between a community of games and a community of play?
"Play is a broader and more inclusive category, including joking around, a shrug of apology when one goofs up, games (as you noted), make-believe, and all sorts of intermediate and other elements. I find the essential quality is a sense of relative…"
Sep 26, 2012
Adam Blatner posted a status
"email addresses of conference coordinators to ask further about program, the arrangements for bookseller, etc. Any ideas?"
Aug 25, 2012

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Other Anti-Bullying Programs

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 5:07pm 0 Comments

Becca Greene-van-Horn leads a group called "Act Smart" up in New  England.

 She uses a teen theatre group to illustrate relevant teen issues, but

primarily anti-bullying strategies. We have worked hard to gain some

recognition, so this article means a lot.

http://www.gazettenet.com/home/2027434-95/amherst-actsmart-members-bullying



Point here is that there are a number of…

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Add Psychodrama!

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 7:33am 0 Comments

I suggest adding psychodramatic techniques to the repertoire of skills for insight, communications and problem solving for those using applied improvisation approaches in various settings.



It begins with something familiar to most people in this field: Make creativity a value and a possibility, an expectation for people as they address their problems or challenges in life. It’s an invigorating myth, a sense of open-endedness that contrasts with the 20th century’s education model…

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Networking with Related Fields

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 9:43am 0 Comments

I am eager to make connections and have you help me make more connections! I want to

1. Help AIN make contacts with other related fields, such as

 - drama therapy

 - psychodrama  (both of which have some people who want to take applied improv into many fields and their vision transcends "therapy" per se

- drama and theatre in education (three organizations)--- but as education moves toward working with college age, adults, and seniors,  the method expands in new…

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Action for Interactive and Improvisational Drama

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 7:04am 0 Comments

One of my interests is promoting the use of interactive drama as a kind of laboratory for learning and exploring. One of my roots is in Moreno’s method of psychodrama, used mainly as psychotherapy, but applicable to other contexts. I’ve written about this and applied theatre elsewhere .



Recently on email, I was told by David Kaye, an Associate Professor… Continue

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At 12:33pm on March 29, 2014, Markus Lothar Fourier said…

Hello Adam, I'm not from Georgetown or even from USA, I'm from Brazil, but I work with improvisation, theatre games, psychodrama and sociodrama. I'm part of Improvida - applied improvisation (www.improvida.com). Our wbesite is only in portuguese, but we are working in the translation for english.
Recently I read a realy good article that you wrote about Moreno, Psychodrama and Improvisation, so I decided to get in touch with you. I hope to have a chance do meet you at the conference, in Austin.Congratulations for your excelent work.
Cheers, Markus

At 9:02am on September 28, 2012, Jeffrey Arterburn said…

Sorry for taking so long.  The idea of improv fostering a life philosophy is kind of a really big one.  For me it interacts with every facet of my life, whether it be mundane daily interactions with people all the way to political philosophy and being integrated with and informative to my theological beliefs and positions.  What I have tried to do is generate an integrated understanding of these things through following through on the implications of what happens when a small group of people do improv together and figuring out what that could mean if its principles and practices are more broadly accepted and applied.  That's the very basic version.  I'm happy to elaborate further or talk more about it, but it could get pretty long.

Regards,

Jeff Arterburn

At 3:47pm on August 20, 2012, Alan Caramatti said…

Hi Adam,

Thanks for reaching out here on the AIN site.  I apologize for not getting back with you earlier.  I hope you make some great connections at the AIN conference.  Unfortunately I won't be there -- otherwise I'd make a point of talking with you in person about psychodrama and other helpful methods and experiments!  I suppose my BA in psychology was a tip-off that I was intent on adventuring into the mind's depths in one way or another.  I see that you have your own website; I'll be sure to take a look at it, and maybe connect with you through it.  And hopefully I'll see you at next year's AIN conference, if not before!

Sincerely,

Al Caramatti

At 6:33am on August 15, 2012, James Simpson said…

Hi Adam,

Thank you for your message.  I've been starting a family and working to support them so haven't had much time to pursue improv in the last few years.  I did a physical theatre program a few years ago and discovered Contact Improvisation, which I fell in love with.  I'd love to one day take my interest further but with baby three on the way in December I think there won't be much time between family and work.  I'm really interested in what you're doing and tuned in for a few minutes to one of your lectures online.  I've found contact improv really freeing and I believe the practice of play with improv frameworks is a great way to free people from negative or destructive constraints of culture or personal blindnesses.  I'm really not much of a philosopher so lack the vocabulary to go into great depth, but am certainly interested.

James

At 2:07pm on July 30, 2012, Bil Chott said…

Adam, I got your comment. I guess I have to update my profile here. I've moved back to Pasadena from St. Louis. But I'll be happy to share my thoughts. Perhaps we can skype or something soon.

At 1:36pm on July 30, 2012, Gary Michael said…

Hi Adam,

I've found a good deal of information perusing the academic journals and using the academic library search engines. My biggest interest is using improv and theatrical skills to simply be present for the business at hand...whatever it may be.

Gary

At 1:44pm on July 24, 2012, Jeff Wirth said…

Hi Adam,

Long time, no chat.  I'm now living in NYC where I'm designing and directing interactive performance experiences.  Details can be found at www.wirthcreative.com.  I'm glad to hear that you are still moving forward with your work.  I won't be at the AIN conference this year.  Hope you have a good time there.

-Jeff

At 4:24am on July 18, 2012, Lenny Ravich said…

Hi Adam: I don't even know where Fritz Perls was buried. Yes, we facilitated a few workshops in Singapore and Hong Kong as well as in Europe. I failed to see your post on our website. I have a Hebrew/English website as well:

www.lennyravich.com and my email is lenny.ravich@gmail.com

 

At 7:38pm on July 17, 2012, Lois Foster said…

Adam, am delighted to hear from you. I have thought of all kinds of creative ways to work with the incarcerated and ex-offenders to enhance their lives and empower them to lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Haven't gotten much support in these endeavors with the adult correctional population in the Chicago area. I have been looking for some feedback and possible collaboration in these areas. Please tell me a little more about what you are suggesting.

Lois

 

At 11:54am on July 17, 2012, Lenny Ravich said…

Hi Adam: I used to be into the teaching of psychodrama and was well connected. Not so much any more. I have also closed shop on Gestalt in 2004 and have started facilitating workshops on Positive Psychology and applied improvisation. S

ee my global website: www.ha-p.com. How can I be of help?  

 
 
 

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