A big misconception is that people think improv is too difficult and something they could never do, when in fact we improvise every single day of our lives — not knowing the next word that comes out of our mouths in a conversation with a friend or co-worker.
As such, improv’s lessons are directly applicable to everyday situations.
Improvisations are not role-plays or simulations (although many of them can be adapted as such). The objective here is total spontaneity and improvisation. Students have no time to prepare. Their roles and situations are given to them on the spot and they have to react immediately.
Teaching English and improv
Teachers are sometimes afraid that students may not be able to cope with improvisation. In reality, it is surprising just how imaginative students will be. They can usually be relied on to give more than they are asked for. When in an immersed in a scene a student is forced to adapt quickly by any means, just like in real life.
Improv as a business tool
By practicing improvisational activities, presenters can develop the lateral thinking and creativeness necessary for effective communication within groups and among team members, as well.
Improv and team building
The act of improvising is typically not done alone, since interaction is a key component of the process. This is why improvisational activities are excellent vehicles to help groups or “teams” interact effectively. Teambuilding through improvisation is both fun and effective in helping presenters understand the dynamics of human interaction.
Yes, and… Is the fundamental driving force behind improvising in a scene. We say “Yes” to agree with our improv partner and we say “and…” to add to the scene and your team mate responds in kind and you build a scene.
Workshops are centered around improvisation games. Each game has a different purpose and explores a new way of thinking and reacting. Some games are more difficult than others depending on the skill level of the improviser.