Improvisation focuses on the importance of play, the actor/audience relationship and collaborating within an ensemble. This improvisation training will be based on the teaching of Keith Johnstone (Author: Impro, Impro for Storytellers).

Students will learn improvisation skills: accepting each other’s ideas, developing stories, character and relationship, status, listening, spontaneity, physicality and staging. Improvisational theater is a form that has the desired impact of encouragement, team building, trust, confidence and acceptance. Students will practice acceptance of other’s ideas, play with abandon and learn that failure leads to strength. This training leads to stronger interpersonal skills, better self-confidence and ‘grace under fire’. Most importantly, students have fun in an environment that is an outlet for creative expression and filled with support.

Photo: Student from the School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor