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!
Will you teach The Movie?
Sure! That’s what I’m here for. I’ve taught a lot of groups the Movie form over the years, and it remains one of my favorite things to do.
If you’re serious, here’s how we can go about this (and this isn’t just for the person who sent in this question - it’s for anyone who’s interested):
- Contact me through tumblr or through gmail (I’m kirk.damato).
- Let me know your improv experience and availability.
- If there are seven people with compatible availability, we’ll do it up.
- Yes, seven! That’s a good number for learning the Movie. And that ensures you spend all your time in class improvising, not watching.
- We’ll discuss length and payment and the like privately.
- This also goes for groups! If you’re a group that wants to learn the Movie, let me know your schedule and we’ll figure something out. But I’d ask for a four-week commitment to learning the Movie, since there’s a lot of components to it.
I think that’s it. G’04 it!