Stiller, Nancy Ponder & Alan Arkin spoof space fantasy at St
Cramer was picked by a large cast to play St. Valentine in 2004.
OF GROUP CREATIVITY PROJECT
Launched in 1972 by New Yorkers Howard Jerome and David
Shepherd, GCP first found a home at the Space for Innovative Development
on West 46 St. There they invented the ImprovOlympix, a performance
sport of 10 games, each featuring a different dramatic skill.
first league, trained in New York, featured a team of professional
actors, a team of inmates from a Westchester prison, college students
and a close knit family that called itself—"Running Bare."
The goal of our Olympix was to galvanize so-called "affinity"
groups—rabbis, cops, psychiatrists, seniors, and get them
playing together in one gently competitive and spine tingling structure.
in Calgary, Keith Johnstone kicked off "Theatre Sports,"
a similar program, while Home Made Theater borrowed our format to
produce an Olympix league in Toronto. The high school team, "Stage
Fright" from Ottawa, which used to travel to NYC to compete,
started its own league at home. Whereas only 11 teams played in
Bronx high schools, the Canadians have spread the sport to 300 Canadian
schools under the name Canadian Improv Games. Willie Wylie is the
Scene. Group Creativity also existed on NY air waves: for
six months we played an hour a week on WRVR. A half hour before
show time listeners were instructed how to offer suggestions by
phone to the studio. Some listeners would be invited to join the
cast, or direct their piece to its conclusion. Our format has been
written up as curriculum by Michael Golding.
succeeded in securing one grant of $35,000 from CETA--to produce
video movies in Westchester. Years later this format has developed
into today's "MOVIExperience." A guide to improvising
movies has been published by Gere Publications in Shutesbury, MA,
and can be ordered through us (see below).
is now being used by Nancy Fletcher of Act
Now, Inc. in Belchertown, MA. Over 40 videos, ranging from 15 to
55 minutes, have been produced, all with the aim of increasing girls'
self esteem.and introducing them to the communications media.
HOLIDAY was designed to celebrate the original meaning
of our holidays. We staged Halloween in Grand Central Station and
Women's Liberation in the studio of Chicago musicians. Our last
video Valentine, shot on the premises of Delta Organic Farm in Hadley,
MA, brought players from NYC together with Pioneer Valley talent.