Teaching improv is a strange beast—after all, how do you prepare someone for making stuff up? Well, if we think of it like a sport, we can practice the craft at play in improv. One will never play the same baseball game they did at practice, but they will use the skills they have worked on and refined.
Probably every mid-level group I have coached or taught asks, at some point, the same question.
“Can you ask questions?”
It’s a handy piece of advice, not asking questions, and it seems like it can serve a beginner well. But after a few classes, like many improv notes, the young student raises an internal objection. The teacher hasn’t done a good job of explaining why questions are so bad; they’ve only said not to do it.
The past year has gotten us, and rightfully so, thinking about our behavior in the improv community. Improv is a social scene for many and a professional environment for the rest—sometimes it's both for a person. Which means successfully navigating it can be difficult.
For many people, improv classes are great way to overcome stage fright or combat shyness. For actors, improv can enliven their performance in ways they never thought possible! And for some of us, like me, pure improv itself is a wonderful art form capable of producing truly surprising theatrical moments. Whatever your reason for learning improv is, you'll find quality training here at Superlative.