play storming

Preparation is the Key to Improvisation!

“Preparation is key to improvisation! All your experiences, your education, the people you meet, find you In The Moment.”
In 1994 I went to an improv show and it changed my life. After 20 years of learning, performing and teaching I’ve come to realize that improvisation requires preparation. Often, when I tell someone I’m off […]

Four Steps to Agile Leadership

“Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent”~Bill Gates 

“The wise adapt themselves to circumstances as water molds itself to the pitcher,”  (Old Chinese proverb)
 “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, […]

By |March 3rd, 2014|play storming|0 Comments

Yes! And… means saying No

“Yes! And…”

Two words every improvisor strives to live by. Two words that represent one of the founding principles of improv. Two words that are given so much importance that they cannot be negotiated. We are trained to live, eat, breath and sleep “Yes!And…” We are told that saying  “No” is denying the gifts offered […]

By |February 20th, 2014|applied improv, Austin, improv, leadership, play storming|5 Comments

Four Principles Of Play That Can Transform Your Organization


“The heart of improvisation (play) is transformation” – Viola Spolin.

Play in organizations is only occasionally about toys, games, and funny hats. When improvisational play is embraced as an organizational mind-set, there is, quite literally, play in the system.

This kind of play is necessary in a culture that must respond to change or be able to shift rapidly […]

Creativity and Innovation Workshop December 12th 7:30pm @TechShop

Come join Play Storming at TechShop Round Rock for this fun and free workshop where, through the experience of improvisational play, we will focus on design thinking, creativity and innovation.
In this workshop, you will experience how “play” can lead to Inspiration, Innovation, Ideation and Creative Collaboration.

The workshop is free, space is limited. Sign up here!

In […]

Play is a Necessary Element for Transformation!

Play is a necessary element for transformation because when we play, we take risks and we try new things. When we were younger, risk taking seemed to come naturally and effortlessly. But not so much as adults it seems. Why? Fear of failure! The biggest deterrent to trying new things and taking risks is […]

By |November 20th, 2013|overcoming failure, Play, play storming, risk taking|0 Comments

Seriously! A movie about Play!

Just watched the 4 min trailer about the upcoming documentary titled  “Seriously, A Movie about Play!” and I’m very excited. Take a minute (or 4!) to watch and hear about the importance of Play in our culture and to our our future.





By |September 23rd, 2013|business training, Play, play storming|1 Comment

The Hierarchy of Play

When thinking about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs it occurred to me that Play is a serious theme. We NEED to Play! Do you think Maslow would mind if I renamed this “the hierarchy of play” ?


By |August 31st, 2013|applied improv, Play, play storming|1 Comment

Creating Something from Nothing: The Mission of Play in the Non-Profit Sector

When we play we improvise. Improv is all about creating something from nothing, on the fly, with limited resources — sound familiar? Sure, you have a strategy that guides your decision-making, but often, you need to invent a solution in less time than you’d like, with fewer resources at your disposal than you’d like. […]

By |July 23rd, 2013|applied improv, non-profit, Play, play storming|0 Comments

Improv – Not Just For Comedy Anymore

Katt Koppett Ted talk on Yes and…
Great discussion on “offers” and how improv relates in the corporate world. “We can only build if we accept”

Improv is not just for comedy. Improvisational play is serious business!