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Postby ninkyphx » November 13th, 2012, 3:35 pm

Hello! My name is Nina Miller, I am an improvisor at The Torch Theatre here in Phoenix, AZ. I have been seen hanging around Jose Gonzalez (the improvisor from Phoenix that normally has some kind of facial hair). I have been to OoB twice, and I really love the community you have in Austin.

I am finishing a masters degree here in Phoenix, and I need some help with an improvisor focused survey. I don't want to spam your forum (long time listener first time caller) with my request, so I thought I would start here.

I am doing research on improvisation. I am looking for an improv perspective and this survey will probably only take about 5 to 10 minutes. If you can spare some time for a fellow improvisor that really wants to graduate in December I would very much appreciate it!

Survey link (not trying to spam for sure):
surveymonkey dot com slash s slash improv-creative

If you have suggestions as to where on these forums this would be appropriate, or where I could reach improvisors elsewhere online, that would be great! Thank you very much!
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Re: Help an improvisor from Phoenix finally graduate!

Postby jose » November 13th, 2012, 4:50 pm

ninkyphx wrote:Hello! My name is Nina Miller, I am an improvisor at The Torch Theatre here in Phoenix, AZ. I have been seen hanging around Jose Gonzalez (the improvisor from Phoenix that normally has some kind of facial hair). I have been to OoB twice, and I really love the community you have in Austin.

I am finishing a masters degree here in Phoenix, and I need some help with an improvisor focused survey. I don't want to spam your forum (long time listener first time caller) with my request, so I thought I would start here.

I am doing research on improvisation. I am looking for an improv perspective and this survey will probably only take about 5 to 10 minutes. If you can spare some time for a fellow improvisor that really wants to graduate in December I would very much appreciate it!

Survey link (not trying to spam for sure):
surveymonkey dot com slash s slash improv-creative

If you have suggestions as to where on these forums this would be appropriate, or where I could reach improvisors elsewhere online, that would be great! Thank you very much!


I can totally confirm that I usually have some kind of facial hair.

Here's a direct link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/improv-creative

Maybe it would be worth posting it in Improv Theory since that's primarily where conversations about improv are happening?
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Postby Spots » November 13th, 2012, 4:55 pm

Forwarding this on!


Nina I've watched tapes from the Torch! I forget what festival it was but I watched a series of vimeo videos from y'alls theater. best of luck with this survey!



I came to longform without Harolds. Without Narratives. I mostly performed montages.


Montages are strong because they lack pattern. The reason why that is so strong is that you can add any pattern you want to them.


A montage can become a Harold. A montage can become a Narrative.



I'm hopeful that one day improvisers who perform Narrative improv will be open to specifying their focus as "Hero Narrative". Because narrative is a serious misnomer that continues to cause confusion every single time anybody discusses it.
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Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » November 13th, 2012, 6:12 pm

Heh. That was fun. Thanks for sharing with us!
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Postby happywaffle » November 13th, 2012, 6:23 pm

Quick and easy to fill out. Do it, y'all.
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Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » November 13th, 2012, 6:30 pm

(and agreed, it'd fit in nicely in the Improv Theory forum...i think i've seen similar surveys there in the past?)
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Postby ninkyphx » November 13th, 2012, 7:45 pm

Wow! You all are amazing, I hit my response goal within hours, so I upped it! Man! You have no idea how hard it is to get survey responses normally.
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Postby ninkyphx » November 13th, 2012, 7:48 pm

Spots wrote:Forwarding this on!


Nina I've watched tapes from the Torch! I forget what festival it was but I watched a series of vimeo videos from y'alls theater. best of luck with this survey!



I came to longform without Harolds. Without Narratives. I mostly performed montages.


Montages are strong because they lack pattern. The reason why that is so strong is that you can add any pattern you want to them.


A montage can become a Harold. A montage can become a Narrative.



I'm hopeful that one day improvisers who perform Narrative improv will be open to specifying their focus as "Hero Narrative". Because narrative is a serious misnomer that continues to cause confusion every single time anybody discusses it.


Thank you for forwarding it! And your thoughtful response here.
I know they are not comprehensive categories for the types of improv, which is why I made sure to include the "other" option. I didn't intend it to marginalize anyone, but I knew there would be folks that don't identify with whatever I list and I was coming up witha pretty long list of categories if I were to be all inclusive. It's like asking a painter what kind of paintings they make, when all you mostly want to know is if they are figurative or abstract. "I abstract the figure!" My overall research is specifically about longform Harold based training, only because it is what I have access to. So I needed to have some idea where people are coming from in case there are patterns in the responses. I am excited to analyze the data! This will be a joy.
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Postby kaci_beeler » November 14th, 2012, 2:54 am

Spots wrote:I'm hopeful that one day improvisers who perform Narrative improv will be open to specifying their focus as "Hero Narrative". Because narrative is a serious misnomer that continues to cause confusion every single time anybody discusses it.


I perform narratives all the time that are not a hero's journey style story, nor are they necessary a montage. I think calling them "linear narratives" might make more sense if you really want to classify it. I don't use the term "narrative" too often with people new to improv, anyway.
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