50 years after her first appearance on Broadway, Elaine May won a well-deserved Tony Award.
Kids and improv go together like frosting and sprinkles. Sunshine and Saturdays. Baby hedgehog videos and the internet.
We asked some of The Second City Training Center’s Kids & Teens teachers why parents should encourage their kids to take improv classes. When they weren’t busy riding dragons to the moon, they gave us their answers.
Improv is basically a superpower
“Listening, agreement, working with partners. Those are the basic skill kids need to survive and thrive in the classroom, on the playground, or anywhere else!” -Jeff Poole
“Learning improv is physical–like a sport–but also includes imagination and emotional awareness, something everyone needs.” -Wolfgang Stein
“The only thing you can really give your kids is the ability to creatively think for themselves. Improv classes teach that skill in an adaptive way that allows for growth and transformation, no matter the situation.” -Jeremiah Howe
Improv celebrates the unique
“Kids and teens are living in a world of peer and societal pressure to fit in…Improv teaches you to take care of each other, celebrate everyone’s differences, and be proud of what makes you unique.” -Carrie-ann Pishnak
“Second City is the place where class clowns feel at home.” -Andrew Thorp
Improv builds lasting friendships
“The friends my son made in Improv class are his closest friends. In school, it is hard for him to find people he clicks with, but in improv class he feels supported and loves creating and laughing with his peers. In his words, ‘theater kids are the nicest kids.’” -Lisa Bany
Improv is stupidly fun
“Improv teaches you the skills you need to be a full-fledged human (communication, confidence, creativity, teamwork). It’s also stupidly fun.” -Bryce Read
From Second City Sillies for toddlers to summer camps for ages 5-18 to our family-friendly daytime show, The Second City’s Totally Bonkers Improv Showdown, The Second City has bucketloads of ways to entertain your budding comedians all summer long!