Improv scenes aren’t complete without 4 major things – WHO you are, WHERE you are, WHAT you want, HOW you feel. Since we teach non-actors, specifically people who are working on communication, presentation and social skills through improv, no one really cares about scenes – what they do care about is conversations. Now reread the first sentence in this paragraph and replace ‘improv scenes’ with the word ‘conversations’. Conversations aren’t complete with a who, where, what and how – but in conversations, we generally know who we are, where we are and usually how we feel. Those ‘wants’ get tricky, even in the safe place that is a continuing education class, which draws attention to real life wants. So how do we figure out what we want?
Now go out there and get what you want. Clearly, if you’re reading this, you’re like me and want more than the ‘every day’. And if you need a Yes And buddy, comment or shoot me an email, and I’m happy to push you along. Shine on!
About the Author:
Since 2012, Jen has given two TEDx Talks on the power of Improv, grown EE to three locations in NYC, Winston-Salem, NC and LA, and recently began The Engaging Educator Foundation, a 501(c)(3) which offers free and low cost Improv workshops for educators, at-risk adults, teens and students on the Autism Spectrum. Along with Improv-based workshops, she is passionate about Autism acceptance within cultural organizations, and loves to personally collaborate with museums on the creation of socialization programs. Jen holds degrees and accreditation from Marquette University, City College of New York, St. Joseph’s University and Second City and the school of Yes, And.
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