About

Musical Hotspot is a site dedicated to exploring musical accompaniment for improvised theatre. You'll find articles on specific improvised games, how to support your MC and your actors in musical and non-musical games, and exercises you can use when teaching a musical workshop. Plus articles on song construction (with examples!) that should be useful to musicians and actors alike.

The departments on the left are a great place to start if you're new to the site.

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If you read an article and want to chime in, argue, extend, or just say hello, leave a comment! It's great to get feedback and hear other perspectives.


To suggest an article or contact us directly, email Kris at moc.topstohlacisum@sirk.

Authors

Kris Anderson

Kris Anderson has performed in improvisational theatre since 1991. After enjoying improv as an audience member for years, Kris became the fifth member of groundbreaking Brisbane improv troupe Out on a Limb, performing mixed short- and long-form shows. Starting in 1992, he featured as the musician for Lightning Doubles, a Theatresports-branded improv show making its debut in the first annual Brisbane Comedy Bananza. Over the next few years, Kris became a feature of the local improv landscape, performing music with Out on a Limb, Theatresports, the Theatresports Burbrook Cup and Lightning Doubles.

While away from Australia during 1994-1995, Kris worked with Denver's Headgames ensemble, performing regularly in Boulder Colorado. On his return to Brisbane, he found himself part of Out on a Limb's improv comedy game show Bite the Bucket, appearing on local community channel Briz 31.

Over the last decade, Kris has featured with every major improv group in the city, including Theatresports, Out on a Limb, Impro Gladiators, Interactive Theatre Australia, Scared Scriptless, New Improv City, Stickmen Presents, Illegal Acts, Impro Mafia and EDGE Improv. Kris also takes part in the annual Youth Theatresports Festival, performing with hundreds of high school kids from Brisbane schools.

Kris' other musical pursuits have included scoring short films, busking, and performing with originals and covers bands such as Magnus Octopus, Pretty and Dark Marc. Kris also publishes short improvised piano pieces at Uncomposed.

Kris is originally from Canada, and has managed to keep his North American accent intact. When not performing, Kris is a husband, father of two, and Technical Software Project Manager with a large Brisbane software company.

Luke Rimmelzwaan

Luke Rimmelzwaan does some stuff. He did stuff before, and does some stuff now. He hopes to do more stuff in the future, depending on how his stuff goes.

Performers


Brisbane has always had an ecosystem of very strong improv performers. I'm privileged to have worked with so many of them, and very pleased to be able to feature some of them on Musical Hotspot.


Photographers


I'm lucky to be surrounded by a such a bunch of talented people, including several photographers and artists kind enough to let me feature their work on Musical Hotspot.

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