Improv at Groundlings!
Updated: May 28, 2020
I am a few weeks into my first improv class at The Groundlings School and I am loving it! I have a little bit of experience with improv from college, but this is the first time I've taken an actual class (aside from workshops). I knew the basic rules of improv going into the class. I know you must always "yes, and" your partner. I know that you should focus on the relationship between you and the other character(s) in the scene. I also know that you should never instruct your scene partner in a scene (it's not that exciting to watch and it actually just kills the scene). What I have discovered in class thus far is that while I intellectually know what to do and not do in an improv scene, it is a lot harder to actually do it in the moment. Not to mention it is one of the most terrifying, yet thrilling experiences to walk in front of people and perform without knowing what you are going to do or say ahead of time. I like to think ahead and plan out scenes, but you can't do that in improv. This class is going to be very good for me and also just plain fun. Improv helps actors learn to live in the moment and rely on instincts. Planning ahead will get you into trouble in both improv and in rehearsed scenes. I can't wait to see my growth in improv and as an actor!