Improv Transforms Students into Better Learners, Thinkers, and Doers with:
LEARNING STRATEGIES THAT WORK FOR EVERY STUDENT
Improv physicalizes learning so that spatial, kinesthetic, and interpersonal learners can all interact with the material using a method that works for them. It’s also a great way for students with special needs to benefit from classroom teaching in new and exciting ways.
Because “Yes, and…” is the basis of improvisation, we encourage and develop student perspectives rather than countering unique ways of thinking with “No” responses. When the classroom vocabulary changes from “no” to “yes, and,” we inspire young people to be themselves they feel more freedom to dream big dreams.
FLEXIBLE CURRICULUM THAT INCLUDES SOCIAL- EMOTIONAL AND COGNITIVE (SEC) LEARNING
Our 16-18 week curriculum is a trauma-informed program that integrates language arts, improvisation, image theatre, and Playwriting. Our program builds core social -emotional strengths through our activities which help students develop in: listening skills, self esteem, awareness of others, leadership, self-awareness, self-management, empathy, positive risk taking, decision-making, relationship, and social skills. Improv and Theatrical Exercises often have therapeutic benefits when the SEC goals are at the forefront of the arts curriculum.
Improv It Up satisfies the requirements of the Visual and Performing Arts Standards (VAPA) and we’ll even integrate the Language Arts Common Core if your school requires it. Plus, it’s easy to customize the length of our program to fit your school’s needs and/or seamlessly pair it with a language arts class or existing drama department.
THE BENEFITS OF SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING
EXCITING EXERCISES THAT ENCOURAGE SOCIAL CHANGE
We believe in facilitating culturally responsive learning strategies to empower students through the arts. During our process, we: explore self-identity and improvise scenes based on the issues young people face every day so that students can practice making healthy, positive choices in the real world.
The program culminates in the students sharing their “stories” through the medium of an original play or scenes created out of improv—this is incredibly freeing. They create social change with their own voices, tackling challenging themes by exploring, writing about, and dramatically portraying solutions that work. Through this process we facilitate healthy identity development and a strong sense of belonging in the classroom, school and the world.
A SAFE SPACE WHERE TAKING POSITIVE RISKS AND MAKING MISTAKES IS OK
Middle and High School students face fear of judgement every day. Yet without the confidence to explore outside of their comfort zones they often can’t become the high achievers you hope them to be.
Improv It Up teaches young people to honor their instincts, work as an ensemble, and realize that life’s mistakes are always opportunities to make different choices. Our activities foster confidence and empathy through self-discovery because we firmly believe that self-expression builds healing and that honoring who you are leads to life-changing transformation.
AND HUGE IMPROVEMENTS IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
- Voracious Reading – they’ll make fuller use of written materials, utilize a wider range of evidence, and make stronger connections between complex ideas
- Writing ‘First Thoughts’ – Improv students instinctually craft logical arguments that grapple with large themes and nuanced textual elements
- Listen, Listen, Listen – our students respond to diverse perspectives, synthesize comments, claims, and evidence on all sides of an issue, then verbally share findings clearly and concisely
- Making Statements – learn to clarify the subtle meanings of words and phrases to better analyze their role within literature, drama, or spoken word
“Arts keep students engaged in school life. Students can take the skills learned from their arts experiences — discipline, patience, problem-solving—and apply them throughout their lives.”
–The Kennedy Center, Arts Edge “Arts Education Is a Gateway to Your Child’s Future”