Exchange III

by Erin

A few months after we began, I came across Tom Hart’s blog post on collaborative work where he outlines the YES AND principle,”The guiding principle of improvisation in acting and comedy is YES AND… This means AGREEING to the previous ideas and images (“YES”), and ADDING to them (“AND”). He goes on to praise a successful collaboration pointing out, “No one stepping on each other’s toes, every artist respecting the choices of the previous one, each artist making the previous one look good by adding to their ideas.”

This is central to the struggle and joy of working with another voice in the room. Working together means amplifying the strongest moves in the work while allowing the weakest parts to fade away towards ambiance.