This blog is the journey of Lorenc Consulting and Entertainment as we continue to encourage creativity and innovation by using the concepts of improv comedy in everyday life. Any kind of group or organization can benefit from our improv-based corporate training, focusing on team-building, hyper listening and communication skills, and thinking on your feet.

The journey of an improv teacher

by Toby Lorenc
My first exposure to improv comedy was in college, when I was asked to join some friends doing comedy improv in a talent show.  After just a few practices and the finale at the talent show, I knew I wanted to pursue this addictive art of improv. I would later take multiple classes at Impulse Theater in Denver with a friend, and then join Stick Horses in Pants in 2006.

What a perfect fit for me - no planning, no lines to memorize, and no endless weeks of rehearsals going over the same material. With improv, I had the opportunity to work as a team with my fellow players, to hone my listening skills, learn to understand the non-verbal communication of others, and to think on my feet creatively and quickly.

Now, I've created the opportunity to teach weekly improv classes to high school students and anyone from the community who wants to try their hand at improv. Although I've taught improv classes before, they've been one-day classes and were often quite short. With this new series of classes, I'm teaching the same students for 4 weeks so it's been a totally different experience. Check out some of the photos - we definitely have a good time each week!
Improv students learn to think on their feetEven the instructors get involved in the games to help students grasp the concepts
Class sizes are small so we can teach students one-on-oneIn Improv 101, students are taught basic skills of improv comedy
Thinking on your feet is a primary concept in improv comedyImprov classes include both theory and real life practice of improvCommunication, listening, and quick thinking are crucial skills of improv

I think the best part about teaching is how much you learn as a teacher!  I've reviewed things that I knew, remembered things I had forgot, and experienced things I'll adopt. Students can challenge a teacher to critically think about the content and delivery of the message, making it better each time it's given. Plus, they provide me with new ideas and ways of communicating the skills and concepts of improv.

It's sometimes hard to believe I went from a talent show to teaching improv comedy to others, but it has been an incredible journey.  I'm excited about what the future holds for me and Lorenc Consulting and Entertainment!

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