This month, students from five Boston Public Schools (BPS) attended a special workshop at Improv Asylum for a unique learning experience centered around improvisational acting. The training pushed students to assess and react to unexpected situations – a crucial life skill – as part of the 2019 BPS STEM Factor professional development program.
Improv, short for improvisation, is a form of theater where actions and dialogue are unscripted and unplanned. It forces the actors to quickly evaluate a situation and react appropriately – skills that students can apply to school, social activities, and their future careers.
The Improv Asylum, which is a comedy theater located in Boston’s historic North End, provided a fun, interactive atmosphere, where students took on activities that taught them about listening, teamwork, when to speak, when not to speak, how to think quickly on your feet.
The feedback from the training was overwhelmingly positive. All of the students were actively engaged and enjoying themselves, and many who are typically more reserved were able to step out of their comfort zone and fully embrace the experience.
Stay tuned for more information about the BPS STEM Factor experience!