In the fourth Spotlight in our series, we spoke with Will Luera, Professor Emeritus at ImprovBoston, Director at Big Bang Improv, the new Artistic Director at Florida Studio Theater, and founder of the "Free Form" style of long form improv that has become popular all over the world in recent years. Here's some of his thoughts on improv, culture, and TIF:
How did you get into Improv and why do you keep doing it?
Who were your first inspirations in the improv world? Who do you find interesting or intriguing now that you've been doing this for so long?
You're well known for your Freeform style that's really taken hold in Boston at ImprovBoston and Big Bang. How does the style of play differ between Big Bang and ImprovBoston?
You were part of our inaugural festival last year and had an set with Big Bang that blew us away. That was the first time a lot of us had ever seen Freeform. What brings you back this year to TIF and do you have anything special in store?
We know Floridian improvisers are glad to have you with us in your new role at Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota. Anything you can tell us about what you'll be working on in the coming year and what to look forward to?
What's the one thing you wish you could tell yourself when you first started doing improv?
What's the most memorable experience you've had with improvisers that wasn't on stage?
What's something about yourself that people wouldn't guess after watching you play?
You travel all over the world teaching improv workshops to countless groups from different countries and different cultures. Is there a difference in improv styles that you find in different regions? Are there any major similarities that you've noticed?
Finally, what questions about improv are you tired of being asked? Why so?
Major thanks to Will for taking time to talk with us! You can see him perform with a slew of teams this weekend at TIF, including BIg Bang's set Saturday night at midnight. Get tickets now by clicking here!