Diana DePasquale

BGSU faculty member shares love & lessons of improv comedy

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Comedy can change your life. It did for Diana DePasquale. Now an instructor at Bowling Green State University, she was in a period of transition when she took her first improv comedy class with the Upright Citizens Brigade back in New York City in January, 2002. She said it was a “transformational time” in her life. That’s putting it mildly. Within a year she was divorced, her mother died, and then she lost her job forcing her to sell her home. Her new-found passion, though, endured. “Improv inspired me to take risks I hadn’t thought possible. My life is so very different than what I ever thought was possible for me. ” It set her on a road to higher education and led to teaching gender and ethnic studies at BGSU. Now, in her new home, she’s committed to sharing the love and lessons of improv with others. About eight months ago, she and fellow performers, Nick Morgan and Erin Kanary, formed Glass City Improv as a vehicle for their own artistry and teaching. The troupe is now enrolling students for classes that will begin later in August. The eight-week classes are held in the Valentine Theatre’s Studio A. Each concludes with a showcase performance. Cost is $150. Kanary will teach the Level 1 class, “Fall in love with improv. Love. Truth. Play.” It runs Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., starting Aug. 16. Morgan will teach the Level 3 class, “Seriously, get a room.  Risk. Discover. Build.”  That class runs Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m. starting Aug. 16. DePasquale teaches the Level 2 class, “Dig that honeymoon phase … Trust. Listen. Agree.” That class is already full. But she’ll be teaching a one-day workshop for women only, “No Shrinking Violets,” Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to noon. The troupe has a performance Friday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Art and Performance Center of West Toledo, 2702 W. Sylvania Ave. The faculty have their own individual focuses. An award-winning writer, Kanary, who studied improv and sketch writing at The Second City and iO in Chicago and Planet Ant in Detroit, focuses…