YBY ep 317: Lisa Michelle Jackson on viewing mistakes as gifts and turning your bad time into something good.

This week on Yes But Why, I interviewed improviser and creative, Lisa Michelle Jackson.

Lisa Michelle JacksonLisa Michelle Jackson is an improv comedian, visual artist, dancer, and writer based in Austin, Texas.

Lisa has been improvising since 2007 and has worked as a performer, teacher, coach and director. With B. Iden Payne awards and nominations, she has performed in an array of shows and troupes and has traveled to perform across the U.S.  As a visual artist, Lisa is a naturalist and uses organic processes and materials to create her artwork. As a dancer, her primary dance modalities are hip hop, contemporary, and Afro-Caribbean styles. She also writes long form fiction, short stories, poetry, and essay.

In our conversation, we started off discussing prisons and our culture of competition (like, immediately, we got deep…I started the track at like 5 minutes in). Then we get into improv and how better the world would be if we obeyed improv rules in the real world.

Lisa shared some valuable advice she received about how “life is a series of changing relationships” and how she regularly uses that perspective to navigate the world.

We talk about some rough times we’ve been through and how improv performance as well as the support of our community got us through. Lisa talks about mistakes as gifts and turning a bad situation into something good.

Support Lisa Michelle Jackson by seeing her perform at The Hideout Theater as well as various international online improv jams!


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(production notes: recorded zoom meeting via Rodecaster on 5/25/2022; posted on 5/30/2022)

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