Improv for Professionals - Prospect Heights
Taught by Amy Nielson
Amy is a museum educator and theatre-maker. She encourages the reawakening of our primal ability to communicate through body and voice, and the building of stronger communities through storytelling.
Trained as a director and choreographer, she holds a BFA from Marquette University and MFA from Mills College. She co-runs a theatre ensemble called BrickaBrack, that makes original, audience-interactive work. She is also currently a public docent at the New Museum, after spending many years as an educational docent with SFMoMA. (Children are the best art-lookers!)
As a facilitator for the Engaging Educator, Amy enjoys when students have an a-ha moment! This could be when an idea really sinks in, when someone makes a discovery, or especially when they surprise us all, including themselves. Seeing someone shed their patterns or habits, step away from themselves, even just for a moment, and bring forth something new, is a very exciting thing.
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.