On January 28, 2019, former BATS Company member Gerri Lawlor passed away, all-too-suddenly, and all-too-soon.
Gerri was a fearless improvisor, and brought enough energy to light up a dozen stages. She was a generous teacher, a treasured colleague, and an exhilarating performer.
Gerri had many friends in the improv community and we’d like to share some of their memories of her below.
If you have memories of Gerri you’d like to share, please send them to us in the form at the bottom of the page, and we’d be happy to add them.
Memories of Gerri
“I remember one particular occasion where she asked me to help demonstrate some bad scene work (aka “what NOT to do”). We started a scene where we left everything vague – didn’t identify where we were, who we were, or how we knew one another. Despite our best efforts, it was hugely entertaining (all credit to Gerri). Our dialog fell into this interesting rhythmic pattern of short answers, creating an improvised scene straight out of “Waiting for Godot”. Amidst peals of student laughter, Gerri apologized to the students, sorry that we’d failed to fail.”