The first workshop of 2007 was a big one with 18 people attending. There were a few who were brand new to improv and the rest were returning players. And, luckily, there were a few folks willing to snap photos along the way. dcp_2390.JPGWe led off with a set of conducted stories, and by popular demand they were all in the competitive Story-Story-Die format (I was willing to go easy with a more forgiving structure, but the players were anxious for the challenge). I think Marika is the focus of my "director's point", but Neil Scott, Sol, and Ben were ready to pick up the story when directed.

dcp_2393.JPGWe had a couple of new folks in this Story-Story-Die. Bob and Kenna were the two just learning the game, with Justin and Andy filling out the field at this point. I don't know who was "dead" in the background. Clearly, Andy knows my directing so well that he can do the piece with his eyes closed. One of the reasons that I like this shot is because Andy is usually taking the photos, so I don't get enough shots with him included.

dcp_2397.JPGThis is a Counting-Words scene with Jim, Allegra, and Scott. The crowd went pretty easy on this group with Allegra having the most words at 4. I like this photo because everyone is at a different height. It was an interesting scene to watch.

dcp_2403.JPGAnother counting words scene with Ian, Ben, and Mike. I like that Mike appears ready to burst out laughing.

dcp_2405.JPGOnce again, I'm drawn to this picture because all the players are at different levels. This is yet another Counting Words scene with Eric (5 words), Scott (3 words), and Bob (1 word).

dcp_2406.JPGI'm using all these pictures from Counting-Words scenes because they came out so well. I've got lot's of pictures from other scenes, but these had the least amount of blur along with being interesting shots. Here, Robyn (3 words), Ana (2 words), and Kenna (4 words) are working on a scene which turned out to be quite physically expressive despite how new they are to improv.

dcp_2407.JPGHere, Bob, Tony, and I are in yet another Counting Words scene. I like this because it looks like I'm criticizing a new player, which makes me look tough.

dcp_2424.JPGHmm, maybe Terri took the idea of criticizing the new players (here, Bob) a little too far (actually, I can't find any notes that would explain what this picture was about - maybe there are things I'm not aware of happening in the class).

dcp_2427.JPGOkay, I know a fight didn't actually break out between these two guys, but doesn't it just look natural. Okay, maybe not. Eric and Justin are a couple of sweet guys and that's what makes this an even funnier shot.

And that was a sampling of the first workshop from 2007.