Any student involved in theater needs to keep their tools sharp!
In this class, students will participate in what are known as “Improv Games”, or “Theater sports” – short-form improvisations on themes according to the parameters of each game. Students will use their imaginations to develop characters, further the plot, add to the story line, and maybe even make each other laugh.
Improvising can help students:
Prepare for auditions
Speak in front of a class
Communicate with friends and family
Think on their feet
Let go of inhibitions onstage
Work as a team
And it’s a lot of fun.
“Improvisational comedy workshops have become a staple at business schools, including UCLA, Columbia and Indiana, and in the corporate world in general“, according to SLATE writer Seth Stevenson
Improv is being used as a tool, according to Bob Kulhan, co-founder of Business Improvisations, to
“work on anything from leadership, to influence, to adaptability, to crisis management. We can help people’s communication skills.
We can show them how to stay focused, in the present moment, at a very high level.”
Improv training is being used at companies like American Express, Dupont, Ford, PepsiCo, and Procter & Gamble.
The newsletter published by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School discusses the benefits of learning improv as a tool for “negotiators to connect more effectively with their counterparts”
Techonomy,com reports that Carnegie Mellon University is offering improv classes to their future software engineers and technologists to help them get good jobs in the tech industry, and that improv is designed to promote “spontaneity and teamwork”.