SUMMER CAMP 2018 Improv Stand-Up and Sketch Comedy for Teens & Kids EMAIL for more information about public classes, summer camp private workshops and educational shows & workshops for schools,camps and community centers. In addition to offering our own summer camp we host groups daily for shows and workshops as well as send shows and teachers throughout the New York area, as well as Washington DC, Philladelpia, PA and Boston MA markets and beyond.
$500 includes 5 days of classes, 9:30a-3:30p in Improv, Stand-Up, Sketch Comedy (NEW in 2018) Watching Professional Shows, Performance Showcase on Friday at 1pm, Lunch & Snacks. Early Drop off starting at 8:45. Late pick up till 4pm
Sign up for multiple weeks and save – $150 off for TWO Weeks, $400 off for FOUR weeks, $800 off for SIX weeks
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Join us for one or more weeks of camp and dive into a full comedy program with daily classes in Improv Comedy, Open Mic style sessions in Stand-Up Comedy performance and NEW this summer, classes in Sketch Comedy writing and performance.
Over the course of a week, in addition to developing creative writing and live performance skills, students are trained in public speaking, team work, listening, focus, and more. Students develop self confidence and respect, returning to school in the fall as leaders.
What can students expect at camp?
Monday thru Thursday, (see below for Friday schedule) for students arriving as early as 8:45am, we allow use of the stage to work on stand-up routines and encourage students to continue work writing in journals.
Starting at 9:30 am we run a morning warm-up and Improv Comedy Session. The students will play a series of games that develop both team and individual skills before playing performance games that may be played in the final showcase. Every week we introduce at least 1 new game while review games returning students have played in the past.
Around 11am students participate in a open mic style session, where each can share a story with the group. In each Open mic session we work towards turning stories of experience and observation into original comedy routines by weeks end.
By noon each day students are enjoying lunch. We provide a rotating menu of sandwiches, pizza and more. We try to accommodate special dietary needs but have limited resources and recommend strict dietary needs be met by food from home.
Last year we expanded our scope, introducing students to musical Improv styles
New for Summer Camp 2018, students will be exposed to classic sketch comedy routines (Abbott & Costello, Lucille Ball, as well as encouraged to try writing their own sketches. This process starts in the same way as stand-up comedy – brainstorming from personal experience and observation for sketch ideas.
In the remaining time each day we have additional Improv and Open Mic Time. At least once per week students enjoy the professional cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH perform.
Fridays are all about preparing and performing a showcase. In the morning students write and mock-perform a show. During lunch break our teachers provide notes and ideas to help sharpen the performance. Family and friends are invited to the afternoon performance. We video every show and provide links to you to share with friends and family that could not make the performance.
Improv Field Trips Middle / High School Students (L-5 too see Improv 4 Kids) NYC DOE VENDOR – Bring your school for one of the coolest edutainment Field Trips in New York City. See a great show, participate in an educational workshop and we even can supply a NYC Pizza Party Lunch. We also travel to schools through out the Tri State Area for assemblies, PTA Nights, After School Programs, Workshops, Residencies and Professional Development. EMAIL US for private show and groups booking requests.
“A production you and your children don’t want to miss” 2007 ABC NEWS NYC
CULTURAL ARTS – LANGUAGE ARTS
Our 45-60 minute interactive musical comedy show is Improvised based on suggestions from the audience. We take the students’ favorite TV shows, movies, books and daily activities and turn them into comedic songs and scenes. Many students are invited on stage to more directly steer the comedy.
CULTURAL ARTS – the show presents professionals from stage and screen performing live music and theater. Every show presents 3-4 original stories via mini plays/skits, historical slide shows (with audience volunteers posing for fake photos), and interactive games with characters responding directly to audience questions. Every show has songs of varies styles representing Jazz/Blues, Jig, and Madrigal. In longer performances we create a mini Broadway Musical, Opera, March and other styles.
LANGUAGE ARTS – Improv is story telling with characters/relationships, settings and action. Improv stories create a clear story arc (beginning middle and end). Improv teaches to speak clearly and project for all to hear. We instruct our audience volunteers to be heard in the back of the theater as well. In some shows we present Spoken Word. We are often paired with reading programs at schools and libraries.
CHARACTER BUILDING – We reinforce that our team needs to work together and respect each other to get through an unscripted scene. YES AND…, the number one rule in Improv, directs us to support our team and every thing they say and do. We stress we can be funny without making fun of our colleagues, without being disrespectful, without leaving another feeling bad about them selves. This all plays well into Anti-Bully Themes, Social Emotional Learning and Community Building programs.
Studies at John Hopkins University and else where have also discovered laughter reduces stress, builds stronger connections with others, increases heart health and produces higher test scores. As much as we try to justify our existence in traditional academic terms, it is probably the laughs that are our strongest asset to schools.
CREATIVITY – COMMUNITY
Our workshops further the educational value. Students play a series of theater games under the direction of our teaching artists. Each game works on different skills that teach Improv, but every game develops powerful life skills. Learning Improv actually develops better students that work together to solve problems, engage in discussions, and better learn new things. Our students absorb information rather than memorize and regurgitate.
“Humor and creativity work in similar ways,” says humor guru William Fry, M.D., of Stanford University. “By creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.”
Improv requires creativity and critical thinking. Playing Improv games actually creates better thinkers. And we teach story telling, which develops creative writing skills.
Improv builds a strong community. Humor breaks down walls of ego and insecurity. “YES AND…” develops strong bonds. Improv requires every member of the team support each other, listen to their needs and suggestions, respect every individual. Students learn to use humor that deescalates a situation.
Improv develops leaders. The number one fear is a phobia of public speaking. While having fun students overcome this fear. In every game we encourage students to think and speak without fear of judgment or misspeaking. Removing insecurities, we bring out a student’s inner strength. In a short time student discover to speak freely and clearly. Students learn to laugh off missteps, leading to better learning from mistakes and faster growth.
Self confident students do not become bullies or victims of bullying behaviors. Self Confident students engage in discussions. Self Confident students to not respond to the unknown with defensive posture. Improv helps find Psychological Safety and Performance Drive which puts a team into the learning zone.
Our team also delivers Team Building Workshops for numerous Corporations. Recent clients include JP Morgan Chase, Twitter, Louis Vuitton, Coach, BDO, Master Card, BING/Microsoft, Home Depot, Walmart Ecommerce (JET) and dozens of smaller firms. We bring this same training to teens and preteens. It is a simple message with tremendous application. When a team embraces psychological safety for all, the entire team thrives. When a school embraces this, every student, teacher and parent becomes a partner in education. This has to start with great leaders that embrace the concept and encourage their team of faculty and staff to do the same. This is why we encourage a professional development program to coincide our programs for students. Too many schools do one or the other. The entire population needs to learn the concepts and proactively participate daily.
In a few schools, via a one week residency, we present an assembly to introduce our program to the entire population, professional development workshops for teachers, and then go into every classroom to show teachers how to use Improv, while teaching the students our basic concepts as well.
In other schools we send our teachers in weekly to develop a team of students. By the end of 8-15 week programs students are ready to perform for friends and family. They develop stronger communication skills and become leaders in the school.
Improv Field Trips Middle / High School Students NYC DOE VENDOR RATES
THE COMPLETE PACKAGE $25pp includes Field Trips with show, workshop and lunch (pizza and bottled water. No additional fees. 2-3 hours as per your timing (depending on school/bus schedules) . This program very popular with big 5th grage/8th grade trips, high school theater programs and more. EMAIL US for private show and groups booking requests. Let us know the date(s) you wish to attend, the number of students and adults, and your preferred package form below.
OUR MOST POPULAR PACKAGE $15pp includes show & workshop ( 2 hours total).
SHOW or WORKSHOP ONLY $10pp. These are 60-minute programs with time to eat lunch – up to 90-minute space rental. (We usually charge $25pp for our public shows and workshops ) Min $500 for a show, $200 for a workshop.
For any above program with a show, prices above are based on a minimum or 50 students. Once minimums are met we offer a fee adult chaperon admission per ten paying students. Inform us of special needs and we can usually accomodate. We add shows to the calendar almost daily, with 3 casts and multiple theater spaces at our disposal. For larger groups (100+) we can sometimes do a price break (offering seasonal incentives etc). For smaller groups we can often find a show already scheduled or bring a group into a public show on weekends, after school times or some evenings.
Calling all Brooklyn K-12 Schools. Improv Theater LLC – producer of Improv 4 Teens, Improv 4 Kids – now has three after school programs every Tuesday at Brooklyn Schools. EMAIL us today about dates/rates for assemblies, PTA nights, workshops, after school residencies, professional development for teachers and FIELD TRIPS to our Times Square theater.
What does this mean for EVERY Brooklyn School? We have three amazing Improv Comics in the boro AND we can now offer huge discounts on assemblies and workshops Tuesday mornings.
Brooklyn K-12 School Assembly Discount
We charge schools nation wide $800 for one show. NYC Schools usually pay $500-600/show. But now, every Tuesday morning we can send a show to any Brooklyn School for as little as $300; Or $750 for THREE consecutive morning hours of shows & workshops (reg $1200-2000). I could match this offer Tuesday evenings after 7pm for libraries, PTA nights or other kid/teen/family event.
We have presented 300-500 shows for K-12/Family audiences yearly since 2004. Fimd out why 5000+ audiences love this show.
“A production you and your children don’t want to miss” ABC NEWS
Every show by Improv 4 Kids / Improv 4 Teens includes 2-4 songs, 2-4 interactive games with audience participation on stage and additional scene games. Every 3-5 minutes the MC is interacting with the audience to get ideas for scenes and songs. No two shows are every the same. We can also steer the stories and songs toward a theme that fits your school’s agenda for the year. In past we have worked well with PARP and other pro reading programs, Anti-Bully, SEL, Story telling / Language Arts, Cultural Arts Music and Theater, and more. But our greatest value is providing laughter, which reduces stretch and makes school a fun place. Laughter in the classroom increases test scores and mental/physical health of students and staff.
Our workshops further the educational value, getting students up on their feet to play a series of games that teach creativity (writing and critical thinking), community (team, respect, listening, eye contact) and leadership (self confidence and public speaking). Improv is the most fun way to develop a student body confident to participate in class, which leads to better learning and testing.
After School or In School Residencies
look similar to our public programs. Our teachers work with a smaller group of students working towards a performance showcase. Compared to a typical theater program, EVERY student is a star and gets equal stage time to develop these valuable life skills. Most plays and musicals benefit a small group, depending on a larger group to play ensemble or work tech. Improv utilizes every student. Every member of the team is valued and gets a chance to shine.
We also have residency programs that will send a teaching artist to EVERY class in the school to introduce concepts of YES And, listening, public speaking and more to every student. We often pair this with professional development.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for TEACHERS
by Improv Theater LLC is both Corporate style Team Building and offers valuable techniques for the class room. We find many teachers lack the self confidence to lead a class. Every team is only as strong as its weakest link. Improv can be used to role play historical and literary characters. We show teachers how to use games in the classroom to get students focused and break the tension before a big math or science test. And Improv gets the staff laughing together, breaking down walls or resentments and insecurity and building strong bonds. In addition to many K-12 schools, we have worked with teams from 100s of corporations including Twitter, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Louis Vuitton, Coach, BDO, Home Depot and even US Medicare Accountants.
My mother is from Brooklyn so every chance I get to see her home boro I take it. Still my favorite place for pizza LOL
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EMAIL us today about dates/rates for assemblies, PTA nights, workshops, after school residencies, professional development for teachers. Also ask about our FIELD TRIPS to our Times Square theater.
K12 Schools have enjoyed our shows, workshops and residencies since 2004. In addition to hosting field trips in Times Square NYC, we travel nationwide, with shows DC to Boston almost weekly – well over 5000 shows for K-12 audience in the past 12 years alone. EMAIL us to bring this program to your school, or bring a student group to our Times Square Theater firstname.lastname@example.org
K12 Schools Assemblies, Residencies and more
Improv Comedy is an amazing cultural arts assembly. While delivering the laughs we introduce both music and theater education. But Improv offers so much more than just performing arts entertainment. Improv is all about story telling, working as a team, and communicating clearly to the audience and other players. This is why the shows often pair with Language Arts and Guidance (Character Building) programming. During our shows we teach about focus, listening, eye contact, and respect. In some cases we direct steer our shows to align with anti-bully and social emotional learning concepts.
Our shows are highly interactive. At a typical k12 schools assembly, we will invite as many as 20 students on stage. Meanwhile the entire show is improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions. Every 3-5 minutes the MC is talking directly to the students and faculty about ideas for songs and scenes.
ONE SHOW FOR ALL AGES
Now of course not all K12 Schools students are alike. But we gear the show for the crowd at hand. For younger grades K-3 the show is more clownish in nature. More physical silly comedy holds their attention. The older the audience the more the show appears like our programs for adults and college crowds, however never inappropriate for school audiences. the students at times will feel they are watching a live show akin to MTV programming. But this is more of a edgy style, than content.
Paired with workshops and study guides these shows are invaluable tools for schools. Most schools hire our team for shows OR workshops. but the schools that truly benefit form our services include both. Workshops provide far ore educational value, but with out introducing the art form and our team via a show, we are just another educational component. But starting with a show or two, you introduce our team as the fun people. We are not “teachers” in the eyes of students. So when we come into the classroom as teachers, student pay attention and absorb what we teach.
You will be surprised at which students leap out of their shells to participate, which they continue to do after we leave. We have found that the simple task of overcoming fear of public speech (along with embarrassment and ridicule) creates students ready to participate and learn. you no longer have to get students to memorize and regurgitate for tests.
Students that take our weekly classes become leaders in the school. Whether via a 1-week residency or weekly after school sessions, our full time students develop a powerful grasp of communication skills. Students learn to process anxiety. Students develop a strong critical thinking mind. Writing skills increase. Class participation increases. Each of these programs ends with a showcase presentation. Many students of our public programs in NYC have even been book on TV shows. Many have been recognized by industry casting directors and agents. But all of their parents report amazing increases to school and social progress.
SEL – SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
A new popular trend in K-5 schools is SEL. Improv is wonderful at teaching social emotional learning. Improv IS social emotional learning. Improv is all about making great bold choices that support the team. In our workshops we teach physical control and focus as we develop listing and eye contact skills.
We also loosely tie this into our corporate teambuilding programming. We teach almost the exact same show & workshops programs to teams form JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Twitter, GM, BDO and 100s more including US Medicare Accountants.
Since 2015, we have included the Psychological Safety concept forwarded by Google Teams research. their finding was the number one reason a team succeeds is Psychological Safety. We have that students that feel Psychologically Safe are succeeding. Those with any physical, mental or emotional abuse (or just stress) – whether through home, school or neighborhood interactions, struggle.
Studies at John Hopkins and Stanford have discovered Laughter alone can reduce stress, increase cardio health and lead to better test scores.
Many k12 schools love our improv shows for family nights and fundraisers. These shows most closely resemble our public programs in Times Square Off Broadway. We are amazingly kids friendly, but we do not feel like a “kids” show, so parents and older siblings love us too. In some cases we have performed at all adult fundraising nights.
More and more K12 Schools are taking advantage of our Professional Development Programs.