Is it reasonable for me to know that I’d like to be an improv teacher even though I’m not even finished taking classses at UCB? I’m not saying I have any thoughts of attempting to teach right now, but someday I’d like to pass on my enthusiasm for improv and maybe even watch people discover a passion for it the way I did. Thoughts? Tips?
Yes, it’s very reasonable. Some people have a passion for teaching, so I say g’04 it!
A few thoughts and tips:
- When you feel like you know enough to help other teams improve, that’s when it’s time to give coaching a try.
- Do it for free once or twice, maybe for some group you know. See how that feels.
- In the meantime, read up on teaching theory. Learn HOW to teach. Teaching is a skill, and you have to learn it - either in school or on your own.
- I’m serious about that. There’s this weird belief that if you’re good at improv, you’re automatically good at teaching, and that isn’t the case.
- There’s a big ??? over the part where you start teaching for a theatre. Who knows how that happens, really. It’s individual for everyone, and it doesn’t happen for most, but if you earn a reputation as a competent and helpful coach, that can only be good.
- Also, you don’t need a theatre’s permission to teach. All coaches are teachers, after all, and you can always teach on your own.
- What you wrote is important: you want to help people discover their passion. Remember that.