** Special Student Series

From Theatre to Interactive Drama

Johanna MacDonald (Walkabout) is a transnational Finnish-Canadian artist in theatre, performance art, stand-up comedy, drag performance, punk music, writing, video, and larp. She started out in Toronto with a fairly traditional education in drama-based theatre as an actor and director, but then moved to Finland, where she couldn’t make heads or tails of the language.…

The Book of Mad About the Boy

The Book of Mad About the Boy is available online . . . both in print and in free digital edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/546743. This is a fascinating extensive account of an experimental interactive drama (LARP) that explored gender, motherhood, and values. Seriously, this is a ground breaking publication and I hope more such projects documenting…

Beginner’s Guide to Interactive Drama

Rev. Dr. Brian David Phillips discusses Interactive Drama – Freeform Theate Style Scenario-based Live Action Roleplaying Games – with beginning notes on what they are, how to play them, and how to create them. Interactive Drama is a formal term used to refer to theatre style LARPs. Just for fun, this video was shot in…

What is Interactive Drama?

Rev. Dr. Brian David Phillips discusses critical and theoretical approaches to Interactive Drama – Freeform Theate Style Scenario-based Live Action Roleplaying Games – with an emphasis on formal analysis rather than recreational play. Interactive Drama is a formal term used to refer to theatre style LARPs. Just for fun, this video was shot in 3D…

Taiwan Interactive Theatre Society Highlights

Here’s a short slide show of images from various Interactive Dramas – Freeform Theate Style Scenario-based Live Action Roleplaying Games – performed/played by the Taiwan Interactive Theatre Society, Taiwan’s longest-running theatre style LARP troupe. Just for fun, this video was shot in 3D and can be viewed in 2D or 3D, just choose the appropriate…

Jabberwocky Fun Time!

Brian David Phillips performs an alternate version of JABBERWOCKY for his students as post-reference for the Blocked and Memorized Poetical Performance Project for the Theatre Acting, Directing, and Production course taught by Rev. Dr. Brian David Phillips at National Chengchi University. Note that this is not a serious performance set but a series of one-take…

NCCU Student Jabberwocky Performances

Students perform their version of JABBERWOCKY for the Blocked and Memorized Poetical Performance Project for the Theatre Acting, Directing, and Production course taught by Rev. Dr. Brian David Phillips at National Chengchi University. JABBERWOCKY Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and…

Three Voices Performances

Students perform a scenes from various plays for the Three Voices Performance Project. You should watch the video of yourself and note strengths and weaknesses. Students do NOT need to write an evaluation of this piece, but should watch for the purpose of self-criticism. Feel free to view the videos of other students from the…

Spoon River Group Performances

Students in the theatre acting, directing, and production class perform Spoon River in groups. This post is protected for Special Student Members only. You should write an evaluation of your own group – in detail on your own performance and more generally upon your group members’ performances (if any). You should also evaluate the members…

Magic Demonstration Speeches

Students in the Oral Training Two – English Communication – course present their demonstration speeches. Please note, this post is private and viewable only by persons with the Special Student membership level. Please evaluate yourself and your assigned classmates. ALISON LIN MAGIC TRICK DEMONSTRATION   CLARA LIN MAGIC TRICK DEMONSTRATION   ELENNA CHEN MAGIC TRICK…

GUIDED VISUALIZATION – 1 December 2013 – FREE Hypnosis Workshop in Taipei

FREE HYPNOSIS WORKSHOP GUIDED VISUALIZATION Guided Imagery and Visualization Mental Imagery for Multiple Contexts 1 December 2013 : Taipei REGISTRATION IS CLOSED We are NOT accepting registrations. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED We are NOT accepting registrations. free focused trance hypnosis workshop in GUIDED VISUALIZATION Guided Imagery and VisualizationMental Imagery for Multiple Contexts Rev. Dr. Brian David…

Loki’s Testicles Tug-O-War Fun Sort of True Story Time

Welcome to Sort of True Story Fun Time . . . sit back and enjoy a traditional tale of THJAZI, LOKI, SKADI, AN INVISIBLE ROPE, A GOAT, LOKI’S TESTICLES, A VERY STRANGE GAME OF TUG-O-WAR, SOME GOLDEN APPLES, and special guest appearances by Thor, Odin, Idun, Njord, and Many Others. Be sure to let Marvel…

Fiona Fullerton wants Hypnosis for Nerves for Strictly Come Dancing 2013

Fiona Fullerton has revealed she wants to try hypnosis to battle her Strictly Come Dancing nerves. Fiona had been the bookies’ tip to go but defied the odds, despite the nerves. “We have been trying to analyse why I do well in dress rehearsal and then go to pieces in the show,” she admitted. “I…

Bryan Cranston’s Advice to Aspiring Actors (Video)

Originally, I embedded this short video but the originating site very cleverly does not give one the option of turning autoplay off. Grrr. So, here’s the link instead. http://thechive.com/2013/10/01/bryan-cranstons-advice-to-aspiring-actors-video/ Live Trance and Prosper, Brian www.BrianDavidPhillips.net CORE HYPNOSIS SKILLS Vanilla core skills for those with no previous hypnosis training or experience wishing a more solid foundation…

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about LARP (But Were Afraid to Ask including a Whole Lot about Sex in LARP)

Okay, this video thingie is cute and a half while addressing some rather important issues such as SEX in Interactive Drama or LARP (Live Action Roleplaying) or Live RPG . . . a subject near and dear to me as my doctoral dissertation was on the subject (well, on interactive drama with a sub-discussion on…

Focused Energy, Reality Shifting, and Detachable Fingers

My students at the university are learning magic tricks which they teach to their classmates . . . the prestidigitation kind not the occult . . . the exercise is intended to give them experience in demonstrational speaking, the act of teaching a skill to others, while signposting the importance of critical thinking. Too many…

Pendulum Autoquestioning and Ideomotor Effect

P E N D U L U M AUTOQUESTIONING Introspective Guidance Hypnotic Ideomotor Processes For those of you taking my courses in which I have introduced you to ideomotor effect and pendulum autoquestioning . . . here’s a bit of review on how to use the card and pendulum you received . . . A…

The Way of Improvisation

I use a LOT of improvisation in my educational endeavors . . . from theatre (no duh and a half) to communication to the teaching of hypnosis (improvisational exercises that usually throw folks for a loop at first but which accelerate mastery and creativity big time). Improvisation is your friend. In this worthwhile TedX talk,…

Your Brain on Comedy

For my communication students . . . Chris Bliss explores the inherent challenge of communication, and how comedy opens paths to new perspectives. Chris Bliss is a national headline comedian, with credits including the Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as an internationally renowned variety artist, opening for superstars from…

Viola Spolin

For my theatre students . . . a look at Viola Spolin and theatre games. Okay, my communication students will enjoy it as well. Note how this relates to psychology of belief as well as intuition and Stanislavski. Interested in learning more about the authentic powers of the mind? Discover the power of Your Mind.…

Using Emotions to Learn Languages Faster (English or other languages)

Some very good points regarding the use of positive emotion states to more effectively learn language. Having a positive emotional state increases learning effectiveness. There are some good points here on how you can change negative emotional states through postural change and the like. Worth the listen . . . even more worth the practice.…