About the class:
"Improv for Healing made a meaningful impact on my life, giving me a purpose during the pandemic and a place to feel at home!" -Anonymous student feedback
Improv for Healing presents students with an opportunity for connection. Through examining different types of distorted thinking (thinking that leads to a negative mood) participants gain clarity and mindfulness in regards to their patterns in day-to-day life. Students will utilize distorted thinking patterns to strengthen their improv skills. By practicing reflective listening, communication, and validation of others, this class will create an environment of resilience, introspection, and healing. Through speaking to our truth and becoming aware of our shortcomings, we seek to understand ourselves and present an opportunity for growth, intimacy, and a deeper comprehension of what it means to be human.
The exercises in this class will create a gentle awareness of what we have control over and what we don’t, using the medium of improvisation as a tool for exploration and reflection. Above all we expect participants to be kind to one another, be kind to themselves, and remain supportive of the other participants. Our mutual support takes the place of the need to be funny; together we will find our laughs in our shared experiences. We seek to define what does healing mean to us? How can we see the positive growth moments in the tiny moments of connection and success?
No prior experience with performing or improv comedy is required for Improv For Healing. Participants must be 18 years old or older.
Please note: Although Improv for Healing was designed and will be run with the supervision of a licensed therapist, this class is not to be considered therapy and should not be taken as a replacement for therapy. If you are seeking mental health support, we recommend the following resources:
Crisis Connections connects people in physical, emotional and financial crisis to services. If you are in crisis and need to talk to someone immediately, call 866-4-CRISIS (866-427-4747).
Code of conduct:
Improv For Healing is a safe space for vulnerability and learning. During the first class session, your instructors will go over a list of rules to ensure everyone is safe and supported. We encourage you to review the rules here prior to class as well.
All participants in Bandit Theater's classes and workshops are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct and Nondiscrimination & Anti-Harassment Policy. These policies help ensure Bandit Theater is a positive space where everyone is welcome. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or comments about these policies.
About your instructors:
Annie Barry is an improviser, writer, and teacher. She has been studying and performing improv for the past twelve years, and has been involved in her own self-help journey since 2010. Annie believes that art can be an incredibly liberating experience that can set forth wonderful changes in life. She is excited to participate in this unique experience, Improv for Healing.
John Michael Jennings is a therapist and improviser based in Seattle. He is a student at Bandit Theater and a performer in The Reader. As an improviser, John Michael focuses on collaboration and versatility and enjoys playing both exaggerated and deadpan characters. He has personally seen the benefit of improv as a tool for self-expression and emotional awareness and is excited to bring those tools to others.
The full price of Improv For Healing is $175. If you're interested in this class but find the cost prohibitive, Bandit Theater has a few alternative payment options available:
Weekly or twice-monthly payment plans for students preferring to spread out their tuition cost.
A limited number of work-study opportunities for qualified students interested in trading 8 hours of admin assistance work for class tuition.
A limited number of diversity scholarships to remove the financial burden on students from underrepresented backgrounds. This may include but is not limited to race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or ability.
For more information about any of these options, please reach out to [email protected]
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