Winning the Questions Game: How to Continue with Improv after College
Cangelosi, Terrence Luke
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This Senior Individualized Project (SIP) began with a question: 'Where do I go from here?' My SIP was to answer this question. As I peered forward into this misty haze of the future, I sought insight in considering my interests and passions. The first that came to my mind was improv. Having been interested in improv from early teenage years, I have always seen it as much more than "making people laugh," although not necessarily as a career. Yet, the more I thought about it (as a potential occupation) the more questions came to mind. Where can I go while I am at Kalamazoo? Do I need training? How do I sign up for training? How much is it going to cost? Will I also need a day job? How often would I perform? How. do ~ prepare for an improv audition? Are .... there any helpful books to read? Are there any words of advice for new improvisers? I had questions, piles of questions. Unfortunately, there seemed to be few simple places to turn for answers regarding questions about the business of improv. Also, finding the answers? I soon discovered this was more difficult than I realized. The purpose of my SIP has become to answer these questions and not just for myself, either. My SIP is to provide the answers to anyone and everyone who searches. In order to do this, I have broken down my SIP into three sections. My first section, When The Rubber Hits The Road delves into the process I took to answer these questions and create a resource for students wanting to learn more. The second section, A Nudge From Behind, looks at what drove me to work on this project, while looking at whom it will help. The third section, Looking in the Mirror, explores what I learned from the project as well my personal reflections. In other words, the following paper is meant to put a voice into my SIP.