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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

GEL 2006 - Cathy Salit

Cathy has lead the improv workshop on the Thursday afternoon sessions for this and prior GEL conferences and this was her first time speaking to the full conference. It was well worth while.
She started off by getting everyone to stand up and start moving very slowly. The series of exercises was very interesting. Slow motion is interesting to try and do. The point being that change is closer than we think. We move so quickly about life, we don't stop to realize how little it does take to make a change.
Her second point is that we have access to this ability to change ourselves all the time. All we need to do is to stop and focus on slowing down.
Her improv exercises tap into a need in humans that is crying out for the opportunity to play. I buy into this very easily. I like to play and look forward to doing so whenever I get a chance. A number of folks that I come across however have no interest in play, that is beneath them. They are missing out on a good time.
For additional information on Cathy and her company: Performance of a Lifetime, check out their web site. I found The Coach as Theatre Director (PDF) an especially good read. It plays out their philosophy of improv in the form of a skit at one of the business workshops they run.
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