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.