Inside-out character creation generally works like this: You decide you will be a certain character, and then alter yourself in order to portray that character. It might be very open or very specific, but the point is you choose your outward appearance and actions to communicate the choice made inside your head.
I’d like to see a show in which the entire cast gets the suggestion of a single type of character. “Old men” for example, or “hipster bloggers.” Each member of the cast then plays that kind of character through their own personal filter of what they believe that character to behave like. Ideally, we’ll get several different old men or hipster bloggers in each show. We’ll call this show “The Convention” even though I don’t have any larger structural notes for this show yet.
An example of how this could work can be found in one of my favorite exercises I call “10 Different.” I give a player an occupation and they are tasked with playing ten different characters in that profession, switching to a new one when I say “switch.” Altering that for a larger cast and removing a director from the equation, we might come up with the following: We’ll call it “aptitude,” after those tests you took in high school. An occupation is gotten as a suggestion, and we see X amount of scenes (where X = the cast size). Each player performs a scene where they are featured as that occupation in their workplace. So we might see 5 scenes of a cab driver driving, or 5 scenes of a doctor operating. Each player imagines in their head how *occupation* behaves and plays that in their scene, showing us X different takes on that occupation. Once we establish these different characters, we can then enjoy a run where we link them all up. Easily too, since they’re all in the same profession.