ArtStream makes improv accessible for everyone!
What is improv?
Improv is making up a scene and acting it out. If you’ve ever seen the show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you already have an idea of what improv is like.
Sometimes the scene is only a few lines long. Sometimes there are no lines at all. Making something up on the spot seems hard but with a little practice, you can do it!
One of the most important things in improv is to always be positive. You never deny your scene partner’s suggestion. You accept it and add to it. You say, “Yes, and…” This makes improv classes naturally supportive, positive, and a great place to create new friendships.
We play improv games in every class to practice thinking fast, thinking creatively, and supporting each other’s ideas.
You get a topic and then you have to name the top seven things within that topic. The rest of the class counts along with you and encourages you. The twist is, your top seven doesn’t have to be right. You just have to say seven things. Here’s an example:
Leader: Kim, name the top seven breakfast cereals.
Kim: Okay, Apple Jacks.
Kim: Honey nut cheerios.
Kim: Wasabi cheerios?
Kim: Scrambled eggs?
Kim: My mom’s car.
Kim: The one…with the tiger and, like, “They’re grrr-eat!”
The group walks around the room as the leader directs them through a series of environments. Participants mime what it would be like to walk through that environment.
Sometimes it can be very simple, like “It’s a very hot day.” Sometimes, it can be complex, like, “There’s very deep snow and the wind is blowing. And you’re very cold. And you are dragging your pack behind you.” Sometimes they can be very silly, like, “Now the floor is covered in three inches of peanut butter.”
It’s fun to see how different people in the group interpret the idea.
At ArtStream, we sometimes take a few minutes to plan a scene before we perform it.
Some scenes are very silly, while other scenes are about everyday life, like checking out at the grocery store: