I’m teaching an improv course at Mezrab in May. It’s called Foundations in Improvisation, and it’s designed to do something very specific.
It happens fairly regularly: I do an improv show, or am hosting or performing at an event, and someone comments to me afterwards “I’d love to be able to do that… but I never could!”
First of all: that’s not true. They could learn to do that. And I could teach them.
But more importantly, I suspect that, at least in most cases, learning straight improv isn’t in fact what they truly want. I think that, excepting the people who want to be comedians, what draws people to improv is the freedom, the spontaneity, the confidence… a seemingly effortless ability to conjure ideas, scenarios, stories and humorous relationships out of nothing.
So I started thinking of how to give those people (the majority) the maximum benefit from improv training. I think I got it.
Improv in your real life
There already exists a branch of improv called “applied improvisation”. It’s described, in part, as a way to ” increase people’s capacity to be spontaneous and work together generously, these