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by Darren Held

We had another super-successful Intro to Improv 1/2-day Workshop yesterday. It’s really remarkable how well the students do when thrown into improv head-first! They get a little taste of agreement, information and commitment by playing a bunch of games and exercises, and by the end of the day they’re all giddy.

As with the Level 1 classes, these workshops tend to have an overall “personality” – maybe the class in general is high energy, but weak on adding information, or sometimes it’s a class of very cerebral types who struggle with commitment. Once we had a half-day workshop that had several middle-aged ladies in it. They’d never met before the class, but it turned out they were all raunchy and dropped more F-bombs in 4 hours than I had previously thought possible. And that’s saying something, given my propensity for profanity.

This particular class was a class of people who seemed to really listen. They listened to Darren’s instructions. They listened to each other. They listened to critiques. As a result, by the end of class they were doing some stuff that we don’t even get to until week 5 in the Level 1 class.

Anyway, we have one more 1/2-day improv workshop this year, in November. If you’ve never tried improv, this is a great way to dip your toes in the water and see if you like it. If you’ve taken some improv way back in the day, it’s a great way to work off the rust. And if you’re a current improv addict, it’s a great chance to practice the fundamentals and get your improv kool-aid fix.

You’re welcome.

By Sonnjea Blackwell

Darren Held
About Darren Held
Darren is the CEO and Creative Director of Held2gether, Improv for LIfe. He has been teaching and performing improv for 15 years, and has performed with H2g, the Groundlings, UCB and Second City. He loves Moto, red wine, and Madonna.

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