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The podcast of the Diversity and Spirituality Network


Oct 18, 2018

For Jules Munns, the art of improvisation he's devoted his life to is much more than simply a type of theatrical performance. Improv, he says, is  as an activity that helps people uncover previously hidden aspects of their selves and thus become more fully human.

Munns here explores the notion of improvisation as spiritual practice. Just as is the aim of passive meditation, improvisation helps practitioners achieve mindfulness, awakening and a connection to a larger Mystery and deeper meaning. In addition, it helps practitioners do something that most forms of mediation do not: connect and interact with others in surprising and unscripted ways. 

Munns is the co-Artistic Director of the Nursery Theater and the founder of Slapdash International, London’s longest running festival of improvisation. He's also a performing member of the Maydays, an award-winning improvised comedy company with bases in Brighton and London. One of the UK’s most prolific improv teachers and actors, he's  performed and taught at festivals across the UK and in countries including the US, Pakistan, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Finland. 

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