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Improviser of the month        February 2009

Stephanie Carswell
What is your name?
Stephanie Carswell
Where do you live and work?
I live in London Bridge, and work wherever I'm needed - my last job took me to
Belgium which was a nice treat!
What is your day job?
Right now I am a full-time actress. (I figure if I don't have a day job, people are less likely to tell me not to give it up!)
How did you discover improvisation?
I did some when I was younger and it's such an amazing thrill. It's like mental bungey jumping - close your eyes, take a leap of faith and see what happens. And when you survive, you'll be both proud that you had a go, and addicted forevermore!
How do you practice improvisation?
If it is possible to ‘practice’ the unknown, I try my best to completely free my mind of preconceptions and ideas, so that I can jump head-first into any challenge that presents itself. Remy's classes are always fun-filled, action-packed adventures!
How did you learn?
I think it's more a case of 'unlearning' - returning to the headspace of a child, when the answer to everything is 'yes' and nothing in the world is a threat. It’s as easy as when you used to have tea-parties with your dolls or play ‘schools’ with your teddy-bears – your audience is captive but no one is judging. Perfect!
Any advice for beginners?
Bring nothing but a clear, open mind and the willingness to change. You will!
What is your favourite improvisation quote?
“If you’re going to screw up, screw up BIG!”
The most satisfying story or scene you ever improvised in?
I'm really not sure! As a general rule though, anything totally and utterly outside of my comfort zone seems the most satisfying afterward!
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