Learning to Improv

By Tim Reagan, MS Drama Teacher

Starlin Shi ’12, recent Boston College grad, stopped in to Middle School last week to show the 8th grade drama classes some tricks of the theater improvisation trade. She is fresh from BC’s improv troupe, Community for Creative Enactments, aka CCE. 

The workshop stressed the freedom and power of theater improvisation. In improv, she told the students, you need to “let go of the 'should' and 'should haves.' You could have done something, but there are no ‘right’ decisions in an improv scene. It’s really not productive to beat yourself up for missed opportunities. Next time, you might find yourself recognizing them sooner and making those choices. Even if you don’t, that’s fine." Very different from learning and delivering lines from complicated scripts.

This small dose of freewheeling improv, energetically delivered by this “star,” left all the 8th graders wanting more!

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