YESand.com was created in May, 1999 by Asaf Ronen as a way to learn about the artform he loved from people who knew it better. In its early years, it served as a resource with essays from well-known teachers, coverage of various improv festivals, articles about notable groups and performers, and more. In addition, it featured the first message boards to bring the international improv community together .
Since then, social media has grown so vast that it was longer needed in that capacity and YESand.com struggled to find its relevant place. Nonetheless, we held on to the URL (because damn, it’s a good URL).
Now, YESand.com serves as a portal to all the other resources that exist online: blogs, podcasts, books, and videos, as well as an essay series written by our own Asaf Ronen.
If you are like us, you’re hooked on improvisation and we are glad to direct you to your next fix.
ABOUT ASAF RONEN
ASAF RONEN is the author of Directing Improv: Show the Way By Getting Out of the Way and has taught improvisation in Canada, Great Britain, Norway and over half of The United States.
Asaf was a producer on TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, a documentary on legendary improvisers TJ & Dave that premiered at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival in 2009 and helped develop the improvised film Days of Delusion with director Scott Myers.
His performance work has included ComedySportz, TheatreSports, touring with Imp. (a silent improv duo) and Confidence Men (improvised Mamet plays) and more. He has taught throughout NYC’s public school system as a resident artist through LEAP and New Horizons and as part of Weist-Barron’s ACTeen. In 2000, Asaf worked with Cirque du Soleil as a scout for improvisational talent.
He currently resides in Austin where he is the Education Director of The Institution Theater and Education Director for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival.
Contact Asaf Ronen at firstname.lastname@example.org for Skype coaching or live classes.