Q&A with Prescott Gaylord, Improv Wins 2013 instructor

Here’s a quick interview with Prescott Gaylord from the Baltimore Improv Group about his upcoming master class at Improv Wins 2013, 2:00-5:00p Saturday February 23rd at TNM Main Stage. Sign up for the workshop here.

Yes, that is Prescott’s torso in the photo above, we promise.

What do you enjoy most about the Improvised Play format?
One of the coolest things to me about improv is pretending to do things that you are not actually doing, in as real a way as possible.  Taken one step further, an improvised play is a whole event (an improv show) that is pretending to be something it is not (a scripted play).  I find this to be badass.  In ‘Unscripted’ we really strive to make the experience as close as possible for the audience as going to a play.  We have one full story, programs, props, costumes, and lighting cues that play like a play.  We just don’t know any of them beforehand. It is like going to an improv show where the input shouted out was “full two act play” and we just play it.

What are the benefits of being able to perform the Improvised Play?
Being able to perform, direct, and produce an Improvised Play hones really important improv skills.  See, we take some of the ‘normal’ improv tools away: mimed environment work, multiple characters, opening input generation.  The improvisers are forced to focus on deep relationships that evolve, strong characters, emotions, tension.  The actors who end up performing in improvised plays – come out superior actors in my opinion.
What kind of improviser should take this workshop?
Improvisers who are interested in story construction, relationships, and grounded acting should take this workshop.  I would also recommend it for anyone interested in directing a production with a large cast.  Certainly coaches will find useful things in this workshop as well. Also – anyone who wants to steal any of my ideas I have developed over the last 4 years of this production.
Sign up for the workshop here.