Youth Improv 101: Basics
- 414 East 9th Street Tucson, AZ, 85705 United States (map)
Our Youth Improv 101 class is an introduction to improv for 8-12 year olds. This class focuses on instinctive play and creativity as a way to develop confidence, improve listening and speaking skills, and work in groups effectively. We practice improv games and learn the basics of quality scenework. Over the six weeks you will specifically learn games that promote: grounded scene work, how to create characters, and how to cultivate the environment within improv scenes. Students learn to be fearless and have fun on stage using the TIM approach to improv.
Zack started improvising at the U of A, first in Comedy Corner – when there weren’t enough sketches to fill out a show – and then with the Charles Darwin Experience. After graduation, he moved to Chicago for “improv grad school.” He completed the training programs at IO and the Annoyance and performed on Harold and other long-form teams for 3 years before he ran away with the circus. Once he finally returned to Tucson, he was elated to discover an outstanding improv community at TIM. When not performing, coaching, or teaching improv, he can be found teaching English to 5th graders or clowning around with The WonderFools! He learns more about improvising every day and is proud and honored to do so with the fantastic humans of TIM.
Amanda started doing improv with TIM in May 2015 after realizing that she needed a little intangible and impermanent art in her life! The inviting community, high average number of belly laughs per minute, and throwaway nature of improv is what made Amanda know that she wanted to do as much Improv as possible. In addition to studying Improv at TIM, she has also studied Sketch at both TIM and Second City online. She is currently a member of Fine Print, a house Harold team, and most importantly to her heart, the indie teams Legal Torts, We Were Dead the Whole Time, and Oops All Tom Sellecks!
Philosophically speaking, Amanda believes that Improv scenes should be rooted in honest reactions, active listening, and a strong point of view. Her weekdays are spent teaching 6-8th grade Language Arts and directing middle school plays (the most fun part of her job!). Aside from Improv, her hobbies include writing, painting, and talking to and about her dog, Harris.