TAKE IT EASY™ (And more tips for the dedicated improviser)

A book on improvisation by Ryan Millar coming out in Fall 2017

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TAKE IT EASY™ isn’t about a new way of doing improv, nor is it meant to replace your own style or approach. Instead it’s a mindset that can inform your performance and approach to improvisation. The exercises and ideas in here will help you be freer onstage, less attached to the outcome, more in the moment, and generally having more fun.

Improv is, paradoxically, a pursuit that requires both absolute commitment and an absence of trying. It is here where you find taking it easy

This is not an introduction to improv book, nor is it a how-to manual. This book is a collection of thoughts and observations that is designed to give people some different perspective on their craft, and it also includes games and exercises for people to do on their own or to to bring to their group to reinforce some of the principles and ideas and thoughts expressed herein.

Improv is, paradoxically, a pursuit that requires both absolute commitment and an absence of trying. For when a player is trying too hard, they will inevitably fail. This book, by longtime improviser and improv teacher Ryan Millar is filled with stories, thoughts, advice, and exercises to help players improve their improv, and do more, by doing less.

TAKE IT EASY™ is the chillest way to supercharge your improv.

About the author

Ryan Millar is an Amsterdam-based improviser, actor, and writer. He started as an improviser in Vancouver in the late 90s. Since then he’s worked with, taught, learn, and performed improv around North America and Europe. Highlights include working as a trainer and referee for the venerable Canadian Improv Games, working with Amsterdam’s comedy institution Boom Chicago, teaching at Impro Hotel in Corfu, performing in various shows (improvised and otherwise), at the Edinburgh Fringe, and doing two-man improvised longform hip-hop shows as Milly Can Rap with Trent Pancy.

As a performer and communications trainer, he has worked with clients including Apple, DG MARKT of the European Commission, Google, Virgin Media, Toastmasters, Greenpeace, and Deutsche Bank, among others. He’s on the faculty of Guardian Masterclasses, running regular sell-out courses called ‘Learning to Love Public Speaking and Presenting’. He holds an MA in Professional Writing from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada – where he’s from.