Our Humor Doesn’t Retire program is for people 55 and older who are interested in meeting new people and learning the art of improvisation. Have you always loved comedy? Do people tell you you’re funny? Do you just want to do something active and have fun with other people? Then this class is for you! This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn and improvise with people who share a similar life experience and reference level. These classes are taken at a more relaxed pace. Less emphasis is placed on movement and physicality so it is open to those who may have mobility or physical limitations.
Humor Doesn’t Retire is open to people 55 and older. No previous acting or improv experience is required. Humor Doesn’t Retire Levels 1-5 closely follow the curriculum of our beginner Improv Level A-E classes. You will learn the basics of stage presence, character development, improv games, and scene work. Classes start with very basic exercises, training, and confidence building, but by the end of the fifth level you will have completed a fully comprehensive improv training program. Level 5 students who want to take their skills to the stage may be able form or join an Advanced Ensemble class for future terms.
Building Blocks of Scenic Improv
Introduction to character work
Advanced scene and character work
Improvisation in performance
The Advanced Ensemble continues diagnostic training following from the classes in the Humor Doesn’t Retire program while working on new material and exercises for an end-of-term class performance.
Throughout the program you will do acting and improv exercises that will sharpen your listening and reaction skills. You will develop characters and improvise scenes with your classmates. You will also learn a variety of improvised games for the stage.
Levels 1-5 meets for two hours once a week for eight weeks. The Advanced Ensemble meets for two and a half hours once a week for eight weeks. The Advanced Ensemble classes also have a performance at the end of each term.
Improv for Anxiety is an innovative program that includes an ensemble-based improv class and a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) based therapy group. The program is designed to help people with mild to moderate social anxiety and/or fear of public speaking manage their symptoms and reduce avoidance behaviors in social, work/school and family settings. The program provides an interactive opportunity to learn skills derived from improv as part of recovery.
Improv for Anxiety Levels A-E follow the curriculum of our beginner Improv Level A-E classes.
A Second City Training Center instructor will lead this 8-week improv class. In addition, The Second City Training Center has partnered with several licensed clinicians who have experience in both improv and mental health treatment to facilitate an 8-week therapy group. The therapy group helps to integrate the improv and CBT skills into real life. The improv class will meet once per week and the therapy group meets separately once per week.
Improv class: 2.5 hours, 8 sessions
Support group: 2 hours, 8 sessions (meets Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm)
Health Insurance: The therapy group portion of the fee may be eligible to be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement at the out-of-network level.
Introduction to character work
Advanced scene and character work
Improv in performance
Improv for Anxiety Levels B-E meet once a week for three hours over eight week terms.
Is the Improv for Anxiety Class Right for Me?
1. Does being nervous or uncomfortable around other people keep you from doing things you want to do?
2. Does your fear of public speaking or talking to teachers get in the way at work and/or school?
3. Is being embarrassed or looking stupid one of your worst fears?
4. Do you limit how involved you become with people because you are afraid of letting them get to know you? Do you worry that if people really knew you, they wouldn’t like you?
5. Do you find yourself turning down invitations to social events because you know you would feel uncomfortable if you went?
6. Does being the center of attention make you feel very uncomfortable and self-conscious?
7. Do you worry about looking nervous in front of other people?
8. Do you have trouble stating your opinion or asking for something you deserve because you worry about what others will think of you?
Although Improv for Anxiety was developed for people with social anxiety disorder, individuals with other anxiety disorders have completed the program and are welcome to contact us to see if this class is a good fit.
Students are encouraged to continue their classes at Second City and the therapy group following the 8-week term. You can continue improv training in Improv for Anxiety Levels B-E. Group therapy sessions are available for students who have completed Level A.
Improv for Anxiety for Teens is also available.
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