Bird City Improv
Because Life is Unscripted
We are a company training organizations, individuals, and communities how to improvise, fostering communication, collaboration and innovation among peers.
Bird City has wings. We are happy to travel.
Keegan Michael Key
As an improviser, I always find it jarring when I meet someone in real life whose first answer is no. “No, we can’t do that.” “No, that’s not in the budget.” “No, I will not hold your hand for a dollar.” What kind of way is that to live?
"People think that improvisation is moving forward, but what improvisation really is, [it] is walking backward... As you backup you can create a larger worldview."
-The Off Camera Show
"The key to improv is always listening. It's embracing. It's positivity. It's hearing things and not shutting them down. It's trying to find ways to make them work, and I think in the business world... that's very valuable."
The POWEr of YEs!
Improv, like life, is unscripted. It is contingent upon moment-to-moment discovery and flexibility. Enter the philosophy of yes, and. “Yes” is about embracing the situation you are given. “And” is about capitalizing on your circumstance. Improv relies heavily on “if, then” styles of thinking, while encouraging performers to embrace spontaneity and their intuition. Bird City's golden rule for improv is listen, adapt, respond. The more clearly we listen, the more appropriately we can adapt, the more successfully we can respond.
Improv for Artists
All artists need to do two things: analyze and improvise. Whether you're a performer, writer, or designer, your success is dependent on balancing observation with impulse.
HELP US SPREAD AWARENESS & CONNECTIVITY
All improvisers know the more clearly we listen, the more effectively we adapt, and the more successfully we respond.
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