Category: Blog

  • Sandee Kush Benefit Show

    We held a live event to honor the life of Sandee Kush. She was a cherished member of the West Hartford and Connecticut Improv communities. Proceeds from the event went to the Elmwood Senior Center, an organization she cared greatly about. Benefit Date: June 13th at 7PM Location: Elmwood Community Center 1106 New Britain Avenue, West […]

  • “What is your Why?”

    I went to tech conference in New York this week and one of the presenters posed an exciting question. Commonly, when meeting someone new we often ask “What do you do?” The reply might be “I fix computers” or “I file taxes”. But here’s the real question: “What is your Why?” Why do you do […]

  • Retooling

    The site’s mission is undergoing some retooling. The improv show posts have moved over to The Great Make Believe Society website. It’s been great fun with as a troupe putting o show in Middletown. So, what’s next for The Diversion? Well, it’ll concentrate on my personal interests: my passion for improvisation and communication. So, expect […]

  • Hanging with Harold

    I went to the weekly open improv rehearsal and Hanging with Harold at the Sea Tea Improv Studio in Hartford. This week was notable as Julia Pistell of Sea Tea contacted me and connected my with Andrea, a Wesleyan student looking for a ride to the workshop. Andrea is from Italy and has been performing […]

  • Back to Basics – Improv

    I love improvised theater. It’s what fuels me. Check out this article from Tina Fey – tina fey article Read it, it will change you. I’m currently in love with the idea of saying ‘yes’ to the world and all it holds. Yes opens all possibilities and helps build courage. It’s a scary word but […]

  • What’s in a name?

    My name is Christopher Thomas Polack. It’s a bit of a mouthful if you say the whole thing. I introduce myself as ‘Christopher’. Most people immediate shorten it to ‘Chris’. There are too many Chrises in the world. I worked at one place where I was one of 9 Chrises. So I opted to be […]

  • Del Close

    Del Close is a cornerstone, a legend in improvisational theater. Check out Del’s Wikipedia entry for his history. This video explains Del Close and his creation: The Harold. The Harold is a long form improvisational theater format that features monologue, two person and group scenes that sort of create a three act play on the […]

  • Making the connections

    I’m giddy this week. I got my first notice that someone reads the blog. My new friend and Qigong teacher Charles and I met up at an art show and sited the article that I mentioned Andrew Watt’s terrific blog. If you’re going to read anything today, read that. I love how the Internet leaves […]

  • Accepting loss

    Where I live, there’s a local coffee shop called Klekolo World Coffee. It’s been around for nearly 20 years. The coffee shop serves some of the finest coffee in Connecticut. As I frequent the shop more over the years, I noticed the family that has formed from the patrons and baristas and all. Recently, we […]

  • The Rough Day

    I set a goal to write something on my blog every day. Well, today is the first day I’m coming in unprepared. It’s a rough day to think that I have nothing to say. Not every entry will be epic but you still have to put in the the work. So I sit here typing […]