Improv Is Easy!

(Then why is it so hard?)

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amyamyamyaimee asked:

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.
Ask improv-is-easy a question!
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.

Ask improv-is-easy a question!

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