A new improvisation course has been developed to help young people develop key skills in social interaction, communication, and confidence.
The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) has teamed up with The Nursery to offer courses for 15-18 year olds to introduce them to the core principles of improvisation, and positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both inside and outside the clasroom.
Students can embark on the eight-week Saturday course this autumn, or enjoy free one to two hour taster classes in schools across London.
Improvisation can bring about myriad benefits to people of all ages, and has been proven to help with a number of skills including communication, decision making, working as a team, social interaction, confidence, active listening, physical awareness and helping with anxiety.
These skills can be transferred into a number of different day-to-day environments, and these classes are not purely aimed at teenagers with experience in drama or a desire to perform - they are open to students from all walks of life who may benefit from the creative environment of improvisation.
In the run up to the course, which takes place later this year, LITTL is offering free one to two hour taster courses in schools across London, led by experienced teacher and improvisers Molly Merwin, Audra Goffeney and Jennifer Jordan.
These can take place either during school hours or at a time to suit after school clubs for a maximum of 30 students.
The classes will introduce teens to core principles of listening, accepting and celebrating mistakes, working as a team and trusting their own ideas – all while having fun! They are a great way to make new friends, build confidence and learn to express creative ideas clearly and joyfully.
The course next takes place over eight Saturdays, 28th October to 16th of December from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Nursery Training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD. Cost is £250 and there are also scholarships available.
The course culminates in an optional showcase at the new Nursery Theatre, Broadgate for students to express what they’ve learned in front of their family and friends!