Here’s an interesting interview on the subject of fright–athletes ‘choking’ specifically–but it applies pretty well to stage fright too.
One of the great benefits of longform improv training, the way it focuses the performer on listening and responding to the scene partner instead of critiquing oneself, is that it reduces stage fright. It actually can make being in front of people fun.
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