Member since: Fall 2011
What first attracted you to improv?
The thing that attracted me to improv initially was my friend, Tim Browne. He convinced me to come to practice. After that, I wanted to learn the on-the-spot skills that the other leaders of the group seemed to display so effortlessly.
It's been a challenge, and still challenges me to be on top of my game as much as possible at all times. And it's fun, of course. Duh. Initially it was really frustrating... in a fun sort of way. Getting the hang of it was difficult, but extremely rewarding.
Most memorable White Tie moment?
After the first practice I attended, Richard Ayad came up to me, slapped my face (not hard) and yelled, "SCIENCE!" And that was how he introduced himself. Good friendships start in the weirdest ways sometimes.
Since I've started doing improv, I'm less afraid to make a fool of myself. It's loosened me up, and I can express myself more freely with strangers and friends alike. While in the beginning it was frustrating, now it's like meditating, almost. You get into the zone, you immerse yourself, you focus, concentrate, and the world outside disappears. And that's the coolest thing about improv... for me.