Improv for Professionals - Park Slope
Taught by Jasmine Wilson
Jasmine Wilson is an American vocalist, poet, and educator based in New York. She trained in classical vocal performance at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also hosted and produced several Canadian radio programs. She has also taught music and English as a Second Language in France and Canada. Jasmine enjoys combining her international experience in music and media production into thoughtful educational exchanges in the arts.
In New York, Jasmine regularly performs classical works by underrepresented female composers and composers of color. Through The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra, she has collaborated with Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the DiMenna Center. Internationally, Jasmine has appeared with Canadian funk/R&B bands What It Is, the Morphtet, Freak Motif, and Kalmunity. While in Montreal, Jasmine hosted Soul Perspectives on CKUT 90.3 FM, as well as produced multiple radio programs for CJAD 800 Radio and the Kelly Alexander Show.
She loves helping other people tell their own stories as a public speaking facilitator with the Engaging Educator. Jasmine is also a Community Engagement Specialist at New York's PBS Station, WNET.
Realizing the connection between improvisation and communication, The Engaging Educator (@TheEngagingEd), specializes in customized improv-based education. We provide classes that enhance public speaking, creativity, flexibility, positive risk-taking, teamwork and more by flexing improv muscles. Beyond our classes for educators and professionals, we also specialize in improv for high school students, corporate workshops, and improv for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as individuals with cerebral palsy.
Improvisation is not just something for actors and comedians. MBA Students are being asked to take improv classes. Why? The answer is the same reason why professionals and educators should be trained: the root is in communication. Even the basic improv principle of “yes, and” is the essential idea behind inquiry.
In the US, public speaking is feared more than death. The reality is we all have to do it - and there is a difference between doing it and doing it well. So how do we get over it? We improvise! Improv is rooted in communication - listening, responding, focus, attention, flexibility - all of these skills are flexed in good improv. And we all need it - remember the Michael Bay Samsung breakdown? (Google it if you don’t!) Flexibility and the ability to “roll with it” are skills that can be taught, and an essential in public speaking.
But maybe you just want to work on your communication skills. Maybe you’ve always been curious about improv. Maybe you just want a fun night of class - improv helps you improve in all areas of your life - the worst that happens is you spend a night laughing a lot!
Photo Policy: You will notice that our instructors take a few photos during class! We use these for social media and our own records. We will never post anything unflattering or embarrassing, but if you have an issue with your photo being taken, please let the instructor know.