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Demys­ti­fy­ing Buf­foon­ery Act­ing Workshops…

Buf­foon­ery Work­shops is NOT just about becom­ing a pro­fes­sional clown of sorts. If you want to, you can, but my work­shops are here to help you as an actor, deepen your per­for­mance with explored sub­text; as a non-​actor, give you impro­vi­sa­tional skills to help you deal with your work and your day to day.

Yup! It looks scary… but it’s not that bad. Depend­ing on how much time we spend together will deter­mine the level you will explore.

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Think you’re too old? Nahhh!

Too Old?

Thanks to Zen to Zany!

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The­atre: Sly Fox and a lit­tle Spring Awakening…

Ahhhh… the energy of youth: impas­sioned per­for­mances, phys­i­cal leaps and bounds, bod­ily con­tor­tions, abrupt turns, dance num­bers and simul­ta­ne­ous songs, sex­u­al­ity burst­ing at the seams, the promise of more, feet that whisk off and on the fiery ener­getic stage, and ….yes, more.

That’s what “Sly Fox” at The North Shore Credit Union Cen­tre for Per­form­ing Arts (Capi­lano Uni­ver­sity) and “Spring Awak­en­ing” at Stu­dio 58 (Lan­gara Col­lege) have in com­mon. Large impres­sive casts that seize the stage with vim and vigour explore each side of the the­atre mask.

Drama and comedy.

Sly Fox” is a wild comedic romp directed by well-​known cast­ing direc­tor Stu­art Aikens who chose to colour this pro­duc­tion orig­i­nally set in San Fran­cisco in the 1800’s to an 1850’s West­ern caper. Larry Gel­bart’s play adapted to this genre perfectly.

With the theme of greed drip­ping and ooz­ing every­where, the main char­ac­ters had their objec­tives clear. Get the gold. At what­ever cost. Read More…

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Home­less­ness and Sales.…

Every Thurs­day morn­ing at 7:00 I start my day with a rol­lick­ing, yet pro­fes­sional meet­ing with the Think Refer­rals Busi­ness Net­work. We have our break­fast, present our 60 sec­ond updates, maybe watch a pre­sen­ta­tion and/​or dis­cuss some of our busi­ness chal­lenges. And, we have fun.

Some of the chal­lenges that emerged today related to sales.

Sales. A scary word that con­jures up plaid jack­eted, smok­ing, slick used car sales­men and buyer’s remorse. EEK… But, this word is what we all do, all the time. Ask Daniel H. Pink! His newly released book “To Sell Is Human: The Sur­pris­ing Truth About Mov­ing Oth­ers” addresses this very issue. I love Dan Pink’s books (“A Whole New Mind” “Drive”) and this one is another goody. I rec­om­mend read­ing all three.

Pink dis­cusses how we all work in sales, “whether we’re employ­ees pitch­ing col­leagues on a new idea, entre­pre­neurs entic­ing fun­ders to invest, or par­ents and teach­ers cajol­ing chil­dren to study, we spend our days try­ing to move others.”

Or a home­less per­son ask­ing for help. Read More…

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Does your team have good periph­eral vision?

Early on in a Buf­foon­ery Work­shop, whether it be the 2 day act­ing inten­sive or a 3 hour onsite team-​building ses­sion, the group will expe­ri­ence a mir­ror­ing exer­cise that illus­trates lead­er­ship, being aware of your co-​workers (or fel­low actors/​crew), and the impor­tance of hav­ing a wider vision. This sim­ple, fun activ­ity is pro­found in alert­ing you to how you play, lead, or try to hold onto power (and what is most effective).

This fun video is put on by a bus com­pany, LiJN, on the ben­e­fits of trav­el­ling in a group. A great effec­tive team, those crabs!

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Cre­ativ­ity in the workplace!

Some times you need to shake things up so you come up with bet­ter ideas, get ener­gized, and inspired.

I’ve seen peo­ple come into my buf­foon­ery class not on top of the world. I’ve heard, “I’m not feel­ing well”, “My back is sore”, “I’m really tired” and so on. I nod my head and encour­age them to just play in their state, and that there are no expec­ta­tions. I ask that they remain open to what might hap­pen if they just show up.

Let­ting go and shak­ing it up!

And, they do. And, I’ve seen peo­ple com­pletely turn their state around to a much more pos­i­tive place.

Imag­ine if you could do that in the work place? Or, maybe you do!

The fol­low­ing arti­cle offers a few tips to help you reignite your employees.

Want to Nur­ture Cre­ativ­ity Among Employ­ees? Assign Crazy.

Unless you’re a solo entre­pre­neur, you prob­a­bly didn’t build your busi­ness on your own. Nope, I’m not refer­ring to Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s incen­di­ary remarks that recently ruf­fled some feath­ers in the small-​business com­mu­nity. I’m talk­ing about employees.

If you dream of build­ing another Google or Patag­o­nia one day, you’d do well to not only accept input from employ­ees but actively seek it. Cre­ativ­ity doesn’t just hap­pen. If you’re ready to really embrace the kind of cul­ture where cre­ativ­ity and inno­va­tion may thrive, here’s how to get started.

Read more by Mathew Torin to get some good tips!

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To Be or Not To Be.… Happy?

Seems like we are con­stantly on a Happy Quest in our soci­ety these days. Is it just us, our time, or an ancient quest that has been passed down the ages? Do we have more time than the “old days” to con­sider our feel­ings and whether they feel good, or bad? Or, is life get­ting so com­pli­cated by the infor­ma­tion age that we feel a dis­sat­is­fac­tion by all the things we are NOT doing, or that we should do? Or, is there too much woowoo stuff out there mak­ing some of us feel inad­e­quate if we are not med­i­tat­ing and run­ning a full time busi­ness, and exer­cis­ing, and, and, and…. Read More…

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Too Quiet and Too Cold?

Some­times when I work at home my pro­duc­tiv­ity can be strained if I don’t have the radio on, or some sound in the back­ground. And, some­times when I find myself in a café doing some work, I’m sur­prised to see how much I accom­plish. My focus seems stronger.

But when a café is cold, or my home office is chilly, I’ll sud­denly dis­cover my body tense and not relaxed. Hmm… prob­a­bly not good for pro­duc­tiv­ity either!

Turns out there are some rea­sons for the above occurrences.

Have a look at a recent “Van­cou­ver Sun”. It might explain some things for you, and also help you to increase your com­fort and focus in your work­ing environment!

Ever won­der why it can be more pleas­ant to think or study around other people?

At a cof­fee shop, for instance?

It turns out that a mod­er­ate level of back­ground noise enhances cre­ativ­ity bet­ter than a quiet room, says Juliet Zhu, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of B.C.’s Sauder School of Business.

Zhu is co-​chair of the 43rd annual Asso­ci­a­tion for Con­sumer Research con­fer­ence, billed as the largest con­sumer behav­iour con­fer­ence in the world.

More than 1,000 uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors and mar­ket researchers from around the world are con­verg­ing on Van­cou­ver today to attend this year’s event, which fea­tures more than 500 pre­sen­ta­tions at 15 con­cur­rent ses­sions over four days and is open to the pub­lic at the Sher­a­ton Wall Centre.

Back­ground noise such as that found at a cof­fee shop (70 deci­bels) dis­tracts peo­ple from “focus­ing too much on focal issues,” Zhu said. This enhances the abil­ity to think cre­ativ­ity, she said, whereas if it’s quiet, it’s harder to think out­side the box.

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Does your com­pany need team-​building?

Team-​building seems to be an overused buzz word, yet it is the clos­est term that best describes increas­ing effec­tive­ness within a com­pany or organization.

These days with all the online com­mu­ni­ca­tion, we more than ever need to find ways to sus­tain the “good olé fash­ioned” face to face com­mu­ni­ca­tion so that every­one can do their job well, and be happy about it!

How about your orga­ni­za­tion? Do you think it is flow­ing well? Are your employ­ees work­ing at opti­mum? Is there a good energy sup­port­ing productivity?

Have a look at Dr. Woody’s take on sim­ple com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Read More…

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Act­ing Is an Art, Actors Are a Business

I’m pleased to intro­duce a begin­ning of guest posts on Buf­foon­ery Work­shops with a very apt arti­cle by the New York Film Academy.

As you know, or if this is the first time com­ing to my site, I am an actor, writer, and over­all cre­ative per­son. My visual artis­tic fam­ily taught me how to embrace my right brain, but also intro­duced me to the busi­ness side when they opened their own shop. Unfor­tu­nately, many actors learn their craft but miss out on that ever so cru­cial ele­ment of the busi­ness side.

Enjoy read­ing what Glenn Kali­son has to say with regards to being an actor and a busi­ness per­son. Read More…

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The Cure For Serious”

Enthu­si­as­tic Par­tic­i­pants Say…

Con­tact Trilby Jeeves

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Based in Van­cou­ver, BC, Canada

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