A short documentary about my first class
The United States, like most industrialized countries, teaches Math, Science, and History but somehow overlooks the equally important topics of emotional, social, and psychological learning. Director David Koff - a longtime improviser - designed a curriculum to impart these valuable life skills to low-income students of various ethnic backgrounds. His theory was that the tools of “applied improvisation” could create a fun and creative environment in which his students might learn these valuable soft skills and change their lives.
"Improv(e)isation" focuses on Sandra, a 7th grade Latina student in Portland, Oregon. Sandra confronts her powerful social anxieties when she chooses to enroll for Mr. Koff’s class on life skills and improvisation. What happens as she battles her own demons is a remarkable testament, both to her bravery and to the power of theater arts to help improve lives.