A Lesson in Improv

Students performing group exercises in the Peoples Improv Theater during their Speech and Debate minor.

Students performing group exercises in the Peoples Improv Theater during their Speech and Debate minor class.

During the day, students enrolled in the Speech and Debate minor class went on a field trip to take lessons in Improv Comedy. Once they arrived, a professional directed them in the different methods used by actors to perform a captivating story on the spot without any prior planning.

Some of the exercises included pairs acting out a scene based on one word given to them by the audience, games to help understand the use of patterns to portray comedy or drama, and creating a commercial in a group with only 5 minutes to plan it out. The entire class took place in the Peoples Improv Theater to help students come out of their shells and express themselves on stage through engaging group activities.