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Improv: Learn to Speak, Act, and Think Quickly on Your Feet!
Improv Games and Acting Skills: Creating Characters & Scenes as a Comedy Troupe
Meredith J. Berlin
Actors of all levels will enjoy learning theatre, communication and social skills through Improv games and structures. This ongoing class offers a friendly atmosphere for experimentation, creative expression and teamwork.
Improvisation, or "Improv" is fun way for actors of all levels to challenge themselves in a safe, supportive environment. In this class we are making up our own characters, lines and stories. The first rule of Improv is to say "Yes..and" (meaning we accept our classmates' ideas and add our own) so we can never be wrong! We always start our sessions with a simple (and often hilarious) group game to get to know each other and warm up our imaginations, bodies and voices. We then move on to...
Students will practice the following 21st century skills: Problem Solving, Interpretation, Creativity, Artistry, Curiosity, Imagination, Innovation, Personal expression, Perseverance, Self-discipline and Adaptability. Students will also practice cooperation, collaboration, communicating ideas clearly using voice, facial expressions, gestures and body, and whole body listening.
As an actor, I love to play and explore. Improv games and structures help me learn through play, and I love sharing that experience with my fellow artists of all ages and at all levels of experience. As a playwright, I find that improv helps me come up with three dimensional characters that audiences can laugh with and care about. As a person, improv makes me smile and helps me every day of my life to navigate all kinds of situations with a sense of humor. I can't wait to share these games and structures with you!
Homework OfferedThere is no mandatory homework assignment, however students will leave class with ideas of games to play with friends and family and skills to practice on their own.
Assessments OfferedThe instructor conducts at least three formative assessments per class session to be sure that each student comprehends and feels confident using our foundational acting and improvisation skills during the warm up exercises before layering new skills and techniques during the second have of the hour. Learning goals are designed with student input, and are clearly stated and referred to throughout the lesson so that students can self-assess and have a structure within which to dare and take creative risks.
Written descriptions of the improv games we play and structures we use will be provided to each student free of charge, as well as a resource list for learning more about acting and improv. Please wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in during class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Meet the teacher
Hello! My name is Meredith. My favorite thing to do is CREATE in community, and that includes collaborating with my community of learners here on Outschool. I love providing students with tools to communicate effectively and tell stories through...
1x per week
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(9)
Completed by 58 learners
Live video meetings
3-9 learners per class