No one in class was expecting the video, but in excellent Yes And
form, they started posting response videos on the Merlin Works Student and Alumni Page on Facebook
. In a few hours there were five soulful, improvised tributes to Doug and his broken heart from teachers and students, including one filmed while driving! Join the group
to watch them all.
It was a wonderful way for students to improvise with each other in between classes. And with an even bigger audience.
The whole thing made me think about how the relatively new tools at our fingertips--video cameras in our phones, social media, and internet everywhere--are changing how we can do improv.
For example, the corporate wing of Merlin Works has started leading virtual trainings for Dell. In the past couple of months, Aden and I have taught people in Malaysia, Australia, Italy, England and many places in between. Although the in-person thrill isn't there and the format has real limitations, it's amazing to get to lead a Yes And Brainstorm or play Guess My Story simultaneously with people all over the globe. We use video, polls, slides, and mainly chat to engage the audience. Here's a sample of one of our videos we use in our trainings:
And it's not just Youtube and Webinars. Here's a few ways people are using technology in improv:
For Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals 9th annual Boys of Summer, we are planning on doing our online contest for our guest star, "Pick-A-Boy." Last year it was so fun to get input from so many people-- over 1000 votes, I think. This year we hope to up our game with video submissions. Watch out American Idol, scoot over The Voice--improv has gone digital!