Staying in the Moment

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How often do you find yourself uttering that phrase? For me, it’s daily. Okay . . . multiple times a day! In my team building and creativity workshops for businesses, I lead a game called “the gift giving game.” Participants give each other imaginary gifts.  It can be absolutely anything they can dream up. They even get to name the gifts they are receiving. I hear “new car”, “more money”, and all kinds of amazing trips every time I facilitate the game. One time, someone said “unlimited time” and everyone in the room had that “why didn’t i think of … Read More

Think Fast!

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When it comes to processing information and responding to a person or situation, do you resemble the tortoise or the hare? Do you spit out the first thing that comes to you or carefully consider before speaking or acting? Myself, I have never been a fan of “slow and steady wins the race.” So, I struggle a little to let others finish their sentences. I also blurt out information that might have been better left in my head. At the same time, my ability to think quickly and act without over evaluating at times is extremely useful for brainstorming, creativity, and making … Read More

I Just Want Them To Care As Much As I Do!

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Throwing Ninja Stars to Build Trust Recently, I walked into a Vistage meeting in downtown Los Angeles that had just gotten underway.  I was there to present my interactive workshop on using improv as a tool to become a more courageous and effective leader.  As usual, I knew that my participants, though all accomplished executives, would be feeling anxious about being taught to “be witty and say funny things off the top of their heads.”  At least, that is the typical understanding of improv that I encounter and a myth I quickly have to dispel. I sat down at one of the … Read More

Yes! And…. Add more action to your life right now!

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Why do improvisers say “Yes! And…” all the time? For decades, improvisers have been studying and practicing the best techniques for creating action from unlimited possibilities to “create something wonderful right away.” When we begin a scene we have absolutely no idea what is going to happen. We simply get a suggestion from the audience for inspiration and we just begin acting. And acting, by definition, is doing. We make a single choice or “offer” and build on it over and over again. In effect, we are rapid prototyping on stage! We do this every single show and never run out of … Read More

The Pressure is on. Do you EXPLODE or SHINE?

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Pressure.  We feel it every time we have an IMPORTANT meeting or a BIG presentation. These are the moments that we lose sleep over.  Our heart begins to race, our palms sweat, or minds begin racing, our legs become weak, our stomach does flips. We are like a balloon being forced with more and more pressure until it is ready to burst. And, then, once we finally “get through” the BIG IMPORTANT moment, we lose even more sleep tallying all the things we could have done better! I, myself, am in the beginnings of that cycle right now! Tomorrow night I will … Read More

Let go. Notice more. Use everything.

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What is around you? Right now.  What do you notice? At this very moment. How valuable is this all?  I’ll wait… As improvisers, we aim to let go of our agendas and “notice more.” We practice being fully present so we can notice what is happening in every moment as we build scenes. We look for every offer, pick up on tiny changes in body language, and listen for shades of meaning. Everything we notice we honor and use in our scenes, because everything we need is found right here in the moment. This past weekend I joined about 200 … Read More

The Value of Vulnerability

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One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from of improvisation is the value of vulnerability. I have always identified as a strong, fearless, and independent woman. I take charge and make things happen, and I love this about myself! Unfortunately, this attitude has sometimes made it hard for me to let people help me when I’ve needed it. At times, this has kept me from enjoying meaningful connections with others that could have made my life so much richer and easier.  By embracing the principles of improv, and practicing them on and off stage, I have gained the ability to share my … Read More

Listen to Amy Lisewski on “She Means Business”

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Amy Lisewski, owner and artistic director, speaks with Felena Hanson on She Means Business radio show! Each week, Felena Hanson, founder of Hera Hub, interviews incredible business women from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines for Hera Hub’s new podcast She Means Business. Her goal is simple… tell the amazing stories of how these women came to launch and grow their business. She uncovers their secrets to success and their advice to others who are launching a new adventure. Subscribe to She Means Business on iTunes here.

Amy Lisewski on Women Leading the Way Radio

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Recently, Amy Lisewski and Michelle Bergquist, founder of Connected Women of Influence took time to talk about how improvisation can be a tool for all successful business professionals, but can be especially beneficial to women. Take a moment to listen in and hear more about the art of “Yes! And…” thinking. Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Connected Women of Influence on BlogTalkRadio

5 Key Leadership Skills That You Can Develop with Laughter

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Leadership takes courage, grit, and a sense of humor in tough times. As a performer of improvisational comedy, I regularly practice building all three of these things both on stage and in the rehearsal room. The basic lessons i have learned in improv have helped me be a better leader. This got me thinking about how the lessons i teach to my improv students can help people become stronger leaders themselves. Here are the top 5 leadership principles that I believe improv is great at developing! Read More…

I don’t want to bark like a dog!

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Last week I worked with a group from a nonprofit organization and they had a blast learning how to strengthen relationships amongst their team and with their clients. After the workshop, one participant stopped to thank me and let me know how relieved she was that she didn’t have to “bark like a dog in front of people.” Like many people that have never done improv, she was very nervous leading up to the workshop.

They call her Dr. Love: It’s September’s Single Lady DJ Sims!

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She’s smart as hell, beautiful as a summer’s day, and can enjoy a good sci-fi thriller with the best. On September 2nd at 9pm, we bring DJ Sims to the stage, and she’s gonna be raising blood pressures (and then telling you how a balanced diet and light exercise will bring it back down). She is looking for a good man…STAT! We will be putting on a parade to determine: Act 1: Why she’s still single! Act 2: Help us find her match! Act 3: We now declare you… “Happily-ish ever after-ish!”   More about DJ: Dr. DJ currently serves as an Assistant … Read More

Laugh & Learn with Kitchen Closed!

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On August 19th, Finest City Improv is proud to showcase the comedic stylings of Kitchen Closed. Hailing from the ioWest theatre,  Kitchen Closed is a comedic rap-hip hop troupe. Comedic. Rap. Hip-Hop. Troupe. All of those words are amazing separately — imagine them together!? The talented cas includes: Choni Francis, Keenan Montgomery, Jorge Berrios, Chris Trovador, John Ryan, Laci Mosley, Hughie Stone Fish. Due to popularity and this special appearance, we expect large crowds for their show, so make sure to get your tickets in advance! Learn with some of Los Angeles’ best! It doesn’t stop at a performance! Two of the cast members will … Read More

Level 1 Intensive: All the fun of a class in one weekend!

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Finest City Improv is proud to host our first Level 1 weekend intensive! We are offering a jam-packed two days of training from 11am-4:30pm for you to get a chance to discover and play with us in a shortened amount of time. Click here to sign up now! What will this weekend be like?We will be exploring the EXACT same curriculum that we offer in the seven week course with lots of opportunity for personal development and playtime. Some of the skills that we will explore include: the theory of  “YES! AND…” thinking, heightened listening, body language, presentational skills, character work, and yes– by the … Read More

Say Yes! And…to Life with Community Spotlight Amir Razeghi

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Amir is an amazing blessing to our community. An aero-engineer by day, Amir came to Finest City to have fun and meet new friends. What he found along the way was not just a community, but a family that helped him grow. “Every weekend, I find myself here at shows, and I get excited to come in and see familiar faces greet me,” he shares, “everyone here is family.” It’s easy to feel happy around Amir. With his open heart and warm smile, he quickly bonded with his classmates, and they still perform regularly together since their level 1 class. … Read More

Sketch-Prov: The Best of Both Worlds

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What happens when you combine improvisation with sketch comedy? SKETCH-PROV, of course! Like a celebrity couple, these two beautiful forms can be blended into one stunning, paparazzi-baiting showpiece. Sketch-prov is the idea of creating sketch comedy using “re-improvisation.” It uses traditional improvisation as an idea generator, providing inspiration for unforgettable sketch scenes. Don’t expect to be huddled around a laptop desperate to fill a blank page. This is an on-your-feet, wholly interactive class, where everyone gets involved in the fun. Here at FCI, we’re offering a 3-part sketch-prov series!  Under the guidance of Assistant Artistic Director Jesse Suphan, you’ll learn how … Read More

Must Love Pugs to get with our Single Lady, Lindsey Sapia!

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Kids, Pugs, Late night TV– Oh My! On August 5th at 9pm, we bring back our hit show A Single Lady with guest star Lindsey Sapia! A true local, this girl is ready to find a man who can do what Dogs do best– SIT and STAY! Don’t change the channel, cause we are going to be figuring out: Act 1: Why she’s still single! Act 2: Help us find her match! Act 3: We now declare you… “Happily-ish ever after-ish!”   More about Lindsey: She is originally from Escondido California and is a Graduate from Cal State Long Beach with a B.A. … Read More

No Time for Improv? We Make It Easy to Join Us!

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One of the most common questions we get at Finest City Improv is “How can I join if I am unable to commit to a seven week class?” We are proud to announce our newest offering, perfect for busy individuals who may travel a lot for work or pleasure. In one weekend, students can train with master Level 1 instructor, Kat Brown to learn the same fundamentals taught in our seven week course. Some of the skills taught include: 1. Stage presence 2. “Yes! And…” thinking 3. Confidence in presentation 4. Adaptability and spontaneity in the moment 5. Heightened listening … Read More

Feel the vibes with July Community Spotlight: Jessica Farber!

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Jessica is one of the most kind, down to earth, and kinetic people that we could have ever asked to join our community. One night after visiting her dad at the Lafayette Hotel, she noticed Finest City Improv’s sign and considered it a literal one from the universe to get into a class here. She signed up that night on the spot! She has completed all core classes, Conservatory, musical improv, and clowning. She is also one of 2017’s newest coaches. Improv for her is part of a spiritual journey, helping her continue to grow, and meet people that support … Read More

Introducing 2017’s Newest Improv Team Coaches

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And no team would be complete without a coach to help guide the vision, talent, time, and form of our many House and Indie teams. Over the course of two intensive workshops, master instructors Tommy Galan and Kat Brown shared the fundamentals and applicable skills with 18 dedicated performers who now have gained the FCI stamp of coaching approval and are waiting to coach your team! Congratulations to our skilled new coaches. If your team is interested in being coached by any of our cohort, please email kat@finestcityimprov.com and we will connect you!   Chad Makings, the Relationships Coach–Chad has … Read More