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Improviser of the month        February 2008

Cecilia Holmes
What is your name?
Cecilia Holmes
Where do you live and work?
I live and work from home in East Finchley, North London, UK.
What is your day job?
I am a Colonic Irrigation Therapist.
How did you discover improvisation?
By watching Improvisation at a comedy club while doing stand up comedy. It looked more fun than doing stand up comedy. The audience and performers were more interactive with each other. Until my late 30's I had no experience in performing, so I explored improvisation to become less inhibited and get feedback from a team.
How do you practice improvisation?
Attending weekly classes to gain confidence and combat shyness when performing. Practising with several organisations each with their own approach to how improvisation is taught. Writing some reviews on shows made me think more about the process of Improvisation as well. Recently I practiced applying some methods of Improvisation into my character/stand up routine, before this I was too scared to let things flow.
How did you learn?
Observation of other members of the team is the most important way for me to learn. I can see the thought censoring process that goes on with other members when improvising. It is a mirroring effect because I am struggling with the same censoring of my thoughts and the same blocking of ideas. I am learning through playing and failing, through repeating the same basic mistakes. Reading about Improvisation games did not make much sense only by doing it and throwing myself into the activities have I started to trust myself to make believe with a child like pleasure.
Any advice for beginners?
Take part, don't watch much at first just jump up straight away and join in before your brain starts telling you, you can't do it.
What is your favourite improvisation quote?
Who, what, where?
What is the most satisfying story or scene you ever improvised in?
I liked playing freeze tag last week as it moved very quickly and everyone was included. I can't remember any specific scenes but physical scenes are more fun.
Your favourite improvisation website
I only look at one, Imprology so I can't make comparisons
Your main website
I have a myspace page http://uk.myspace.com/ivanavontrapposki, with my songs and a bit of blurb about my act.

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