The countdown begins: one month to go

It’s now just one month until the very first, inaugural Applied Improv Network Regional Conference : Thriving In Uncertainty. Are you coming? We have a great bunch of people from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, UK and the USA coming. Check out the various tickets for the conference here.

And bring your friends to the Impro Expo on Thursday 12th July 5 – 7 pm (it’s only $25 a ticket) where you’ll see four first class improv groups/performers on the same stage. Is this another first for Melbourne?

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April 1st – Lock it in, Eddie.

April 1st is an easy date to remember. April Fool’s Day.

According to that modern fount of all knowledge, Wikipedia, “The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1392).”

Then there’s the 1986 movie April Fool’s Day where a group of nine college students staying at a friend’s remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool’s day weekend. And the 2008 video where a year after an April Fool’s Day prank which resulted in the death of one of their set, a group of friends find themselves targeted by someone who is out for revenge. Neither sound very foolish to me.

I’m sure you have your own April Fool’s Day story.

You can also read about the Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of all time.

And in late breaking news…(drum roll please)…it’s also marks the first ever Incredibubble Festival “A festival of happiness for the kid in everyone” .oO by the amazing @DrFroth.

This year – 2012 – the day has added significance. It’s the closing date for early-bird registration for AIN Downunder. You’ve been warned.

Make your partner look good

This is one my favourite improv principles. It’s just so obvious – focus on making others look good. It’s about shifting the focus from yourself to others, and being concerned more about the overall outcome – whether that’s a performance, a workshop, a show, a presentation, or a conference 🙂

Speaking of conferences, it’s the last three days for super early bird registration for AIN Downunder. You can help make the conference look good by showing up and making us all look good! Go here to register.

It’s gonna be amazing!

Exciting news! Melbourne Playback Theatre Company partners with AIN Downunder

This is fabulous news. We welcome Melbourne Playback Theatre Company to AIN Downunder as partners in this inaugural applied improv conference.

For over 30 years Melbourne Playback Theatre Company has assisted some of Australia’s leading executives, top trainees and corporate teams to develop key business skills, including self-awareness, leadership and team work. Corporate training programs utilise the playback theatre form to endorse innovative thinking, active listening, emotional intelligence and creativity that assist in creating cohesive teams, change management and re-energising personnel at all levels.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

Excited.

Taking shape

A venue – that’s been the sticking point. Where’s a good place for a bunch of improvisors to gather?

The venue can’t be too precious about noise or us moving around lots – and we need spaces in which to lounge, to get into those fantastic conversations that we all love so much. Access to the outdoors would be nice, and rooms filled with natural light. A large space for us all to gather and break out spaces for workshops. Oh, and a bar. And decent catering on-site or nearby. And near transport. Easy access and all that. Parking for those who want to drive, public transport for others. Bicycle friendly. Access to great coffee. Either in the city or city fringe. Not too corporate, and not too expensive!

Well, folks – I think I’ve found just the place that surprisingly meets all those criteria. Woot! Just waiting for confirmation and all will be revealed. Stay tuned!