Improv & Inclusive Collaboration

Despite improv’s guiding principle yes, and, which is predicated on inclusion and affirmation, novice improv scenes sometimes take a dark turn towards comedy that alienates audiences and performers alike. It is common for a student to reveal a bias or broach a transgressive topic in a moment of decreased censorship. While these instances may derail an improv scene, they provide an opportunity for students to engage in conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, oppression, and power dynamics. In this applied improv workshop students will participate in activities which sharpen their inductive reasoning, refine their capacity to listen and contextualize information, and enhance their ability to build relationships through peer-to-peer dialogue. Participants will leave with a more nuanced understanding of teamwork, allyship,  anti-oppression, and inclusive collaboration.