The curriculums that I teach — both to children and adults — have a few core elements in common.
Working in a Group
Improvisers at any age must learn how to work as part of a team. Being just one part of a group teaches humility, inclusion and balances the desire to always take or always cede control. It does this by providing certain exercises which limit what each person can say.
Working in Silence
Improvisers of all ages, especially teenagers, are conditioned to communicate with words. The curriculum of improvisation that I teach to all of my students — regardless of their age — includes some amount of working in silence. Silence conditions the mind to look for and find, other ways to communicate.
Being Real, Not Funny
Most new (and seasoned) improvisers feel that they have to be funny in order to succeed at the art form. I think this couldn't be further from the truth. As such, I work with all of my students to prioritize being REAL over being funny. Funny will come if it is meant to be.
Adding Just One Thing
Improvising can feel very difficult for people who need or want to look perfect. To help keep things simple, I only ask for participants to add just one new piece of information. Then, each time they speak in a scene. New information allows the scene to build.
A New Kind of Middle School Curriculum
The program I've created for my on-going class at St. Andrew Nativity School is available for sale. The 10-week class cycle focuses on four key elements:
- helping students to identify and explore their personal stories and challenges
- teaching students how to help their fellow classmates explore their stories
- using improv to explore difficult subject matters in a creative and safe way
- helping students communicate clearly using both words and silent physical actions
If you are interested in purchasing this curriculum, please click below to inquire about purchasing.