Improv for Connection
Duration: 8 weeks
Improv for connection As humans, we have an innate desire to connect to other people. We want to share experiences with others, feel seen and heard by others and to learn from them. This is a process that does occur in a one-to-one therapy session, however, for some, the experience of a group working towards connection can be very powerful.
Improv for Connection was developed to offer an opportunity for people to experience new facets of themselves with others, to belong, to develop the group mind, to learn to listen and to be heard. Improv allows us to play together, to explore ourselves and realms outside of ourselves and to have fun with others. It allows us to learn to use our voice and to quiet it so others can use theirs. It teaches us to listen, to accept other people’s creation of reality and to expand our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us. Just as therapy is a process of self discovery, and learning to be in more satisfying relationships, so too will be this improv course.
You are right for this course if you experience any of the following:
- fear of relationships
- fear of being judged
- isolation that makes it hard for you to know how to engage with others
- feeling socially awkward
- feeling you don’t belong
- feeling hopeless
- feeling like your life is dull and meaningless
- feeling that you have forgotten to play, laugh and be vulnerable.
In this course we will……
- Develop a welcoming group culture
- Improv games/warm ups
- Create 2 person improvised scenes,
- Explore the group mind
- Debrief the experience to deepen our connection to ourselves and others in the group
About the Instructor
Peter Madore is a Registered Psychotherapist and a graduate of the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy. He is an experienced improvisor, having trained at the iO Theater in Chicago, and the Second City Training Centre in Toronto. He is the founder of the Mad & Noisy Improv Company.
I developed this programme, running a well-received prototype of it called Free Yourself Through Improv at U of T’s Multi-Faith Centre in the winter term of the 2014/15 academic year. I will be offering this workshop on a regular basis. Stay tuned to find out more.
Feedback From Some Participants
“My previous experiences with improv were all with people who with acting/improv experience, so it was relaxing to experience the same sorts of games and activities without the level of competition that tends to develop between people who like to perform.”
“I feel more confident now than before I participated.”
“This workshop helped me with working on being OK with making mistakes and being more present/mindful.”
“[There were] activities to help me think on my feet and respond in the moment without censoring myself.”
“It was a fantastic program and I’d really like to see it happening again.”