The London Improv Theatre Training League (LITTL) in partnership with The Nursery is offering courses for 15-18 year-olds to introduce them to the core principals of improvisation and the enormous positive impact it can have in their day-to-day lives both in and outside of the classroom. They will be starting a full eight-week Saturday course this autumn for young people aged 15-18, as well as offering free one to two hour taster classes in schools across London.
The benefits of learning improvisation have been proven in both young people and adults to improve and promote: communication, decision making, working as a team, social interaction, confidence, active listening, physical awareness and helping with anxiety.
The core skills of improv are useful in a number of different day-to-day environments, and these classes are not purely aimed at teenagers with experience in drama or a desire to perform – they are open to students from all walks of life who may benefit from the supportive, encouraging and creative environment improvisation offers.
The classes will introduce teens to core principles of listening, accepting and celebrating mistakes, working as a team and trusting their own ideas – all while having fun! They are a great way to make new friends, build confidence and learn to express creative ideas clearly and joyfully. The class culminates in an optional showcase at the new Nursery Theatre, Broadgate for students to express what they’ve learned in front of their family and friends!
The course next takes place over eight Saturdays, 28th October to 16th of December from 11 AM – 1 PM at the Nursery Training Centre, Capital House, 42 Weston Street, SE1 3QD. Cost is £250 and there are also scholarships available.
In the lead-up, LITTL is offering free one to two hour taster courses in schools across London, led by experienced teachers and improvisers Molly Merwin, Audra Goffeney and Jennifer Jordan. These can take place either during school hours or at a time to suit after school clubs for a maximum of 30 students.