Tuesdays, December 1 - December 15, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (three sessions total)
The fundamentals of improvised comedy strengthen communication, creativity, and connections. Even in a world of "social distancing" one can discover and nurture these traits within themselves. The innumerable skills gained through improvised comedy can aid in range from better communication with peers, up to and including conquering presentations and engaging in difficult conversations. Together the class and instructor Anna Bethel will create a supportive environment as they develop confidence and support their spontaneous thinking by playing games. This class will be conducted online via video conferencing. Participants must have a reliable Internet connection and a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.
Focus 1: "Yes And ..." The foundation of improv as well as all great teams and creative thinking! After introductory games to have the group realize "we are all in this together," we will exercise agreement and addition. I will work with the group on games that focus on listening in order to agree, then support to add new elements.
Focus 2: Groupthink and Trust. Building off the support and team aspects of the "yes and," we then will move into games that support the "groupthink" aspect of improv. How do you react to the unexpected? How do you make sense and be accepting of the nonsensical?
Focus 3: First Choice, Best Choice. After fully exploring "yes and," groupthink, and utilizing the trust in the room, we explore the comfort in supporting yourself. After fear (specifically, the self-doubt and perception of being "wrong") has gone away, we will play games that encourage creativity to spring from even the most apprehensive team member.
About The Host: Offering classes in improv, stand-up and sketch comedy since 2003, led by both outstanding local instructors and special visiting guests.
Website Link: https://www.dcimprov.com/comedy-school.html