Kevin Yank

Recent articles in impro (page 2 of 3)

  1. Joining the Impro Melbourne Ensemble

    Impro Melbourne logoAt long last my campaign of bribery, veiled threats, and out-and-out blackmail has paid off. I have been asked to join the core performance ensemble of Impro Melbourne. Seriously though, this is the culmination of three years of training and practice on my part, and of mentorship and support on the company's. I've come a long way since the days where I'd sit in the audience and think, "I could never do that." Along the way, I've had the privilege to play with those I had idolised, to learn by their influence and example, and to stand on their shoulders while developing my own approach and style. Today, I was asked to join their number, an overwhelming honour. For those of you who have come to see me in Impro Melbourne shows in the past, I'll now be performing in later segments of those same shows, along with the other permanent members of the company. As I settle in and find my footing, I'm likely to appear in more shows and in more prominent roles than I have in the past. In some ways, this transition is bittersweet. I've trained, created and laughed with members of Impro Melbourne's "junior" level (internally called the Technique/Craft group, for want of a better name) for two years now, most recently creating the original format, Tangents, of which I am immensely proud. Although I look forward to continuing to share the stage with them, I won't be training with them on a regular basis anymore. I'll miss those Tuesday night classes, and do hope to be involved with the rumoured revival and restaging of Tangents next year. But most of all I look forward to their joining me in the ensemble one day soon—something will be missing until they do. As with most endings, this is in many ways just the beginning of a new and more challenging path. I still have many things to learn, bad habits and preconceptions to shed, and private discoveries to make. The difference is that from today, I'll be doing it alongside the other members of Impro Melbourne, and I couldn't hope for better company.

  2. Theatresports™ 2006 Starts Sunday

    This year's 10-week season of Theatresports™ starts this Sunday. Come along and watch me compete if you're in town! Full details at the Impro Melbourne web site. Theatresports™ 2006 Poster

  3. Tangents Encore!

    This Sunday is the final night of Impro Melbourne's The Impro Cave this year, and in celebration of the great success that was our original show Tangents in July, we're bringing it back for one last hurrah! Tangents Encore Performance
    Sunday, August 27 at 6PM
    Don't Tell Tom bar & café
    420 Sydney Rd. Brunswick
    $5 at the door

  4. Post Tangential

    Though Tangents continues for at least two more weeks, Jess and I are off on a trip overseas in just a few days, which means my final show for the run was last Sunday. And what a final show it was! It's not especially useful to dwell on your successes in improvisation, because the very next week could very easily see you crash and burn, but hey---we freakin' rocked.

  5. Tangents

    Tangents Flyer Although the show started last weekend, the first one I'm in is tonight, so I have selfishly waited until now to announce it. Tangents is a show I helped develop over the past few months at Impro Melbourne, and it's very exciting to finally get to show it to the masses. Two strangers meet at a party and strike up a conversation. The show follows the swirling, weaving, and intersecting paths of that conversation, conjuring scenes out of the subtext to reveal what these strangers might really be thinking. Come one, come all! I'm playing tonight and next Sunday. Tangents
    Sunday, July 2-30 at 6PM
    Don't Tell Tom bar & café
    420 Sydney Rd. Brunswick
    $5 at the door