Guides and Gurus
The SImps would not be who they are today
without the help of some talented teachers and improvisors who
show us the way to better improv. Below are some of the key people
who must share in the credit (and/or blame) of the SImps.
Our beloved and esteemed ex-coach, Patricia
Patricia founded the SImps in 1991 and is a Senior Lecturer
in Stanford University's Drama
Department. In 1998, she was awarded the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel
Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education,
an award heartily endorsed by SImps past and present. She is the
author of Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up,
published by Bell Tower books in 2005.
Johnstone is the founder of Theatersports.
The artistic director of the Loose Moose Theatre Company in
Canada, Keith is the author of several books (including the improv
canonical texts IMPRO and Theatresports for Teachers:
Don't be Prepared), plays, and numerous writings about improv.
Rebecca Stockley is a founding member of B.A.T.S and has taught numerous workshops on story for the SImps.
Barbara Scott is a frequent visitor to the Stanford
campus for workshops with the SImps (in particular for workshops
on musical formats, with the help of musical improviser
extraordinaire Joshua Brody). She is a member of B.A.T.S.
Lisa was an active member of the SImps all during her time at Stanford, 2001-2005.
Since then, she has, to her own great surprise and delight, managed to make her
living entirely on improv. She frequently returns to Stanford to lead workshops
for the SImps, and served as the group's coach in the fall of 2008. She is a
mainstage company member at BATS Improv in
San Francisco, where she also works in the office as a part of the BATS school
of improv. She also coaches two high school improv teams in San Mateo, where
she's successfully managed to start grooming the next generation of Stanford
Improvisors. She has incredible memories of her time as a SImp and is thrilled
to be able to continue to contribute to such an amazing group.