Applied Improvisation Training FAQ

Improv is comedy or theatre without a script. Most people are familiar with it through ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the US, Canada and Australia, people have been improvising musicals, plays, sketch shows and sitcoms for almost half a century. Stars like Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Amy Poelher and Stephen Colbert attribute their success to it, and it is exploding in the UK, with the Nursery as one of the key players.
Life is unscripted, and the skills and attitudes that we learn while improvising allow us to operate in uncertain, volatile environments with delight and poise. Improv classes are not theoretical, but practical, enabling participants to embody the training in skills that are universally applicable. From parenting to programming, nursing to neuroscience, living with an improv mindset enables us to be engaged and creative under pressure and confident in the face of challenging situations. 
The umbrella term ‘improvisation’ covers a wide range of exercises and approaches. This enables Nursery trainers not only to design very personalised sessions, but also to respond quickly and easily to the needs of the group. Some exercises are in groups, some in pairs and some are done alone. Some sessions will finish with performance-style exercises in front of an ‘audience’ of the rest of the group, while some will not require that. These needs can be discussed in advance and adapted to the profile of your team.

Not much really! Just a room with enough space to move around, some chairs and some people. Improv exercises are inherently flexible, and Nursery staff are trained to adapt easily to people with disabilities and who are neurodiverse.

At the Nursery, we believe in preparing the child for the road, not the road for the child. We believe in running sessions which are challenging and provocative without compromising on the need for mutual support and care. We give people the opportunity to discover they are stronger than they thought they were and be surprised and invigorated by their ability to do things they never thought they could. 

Our workshop sessions normally run with between eight and twenty people, while keynote talks can be given to a thousand or more. We have a large number of trainers we work with and can of course offer multiple workshops running in parallel or over multiple events or weeks. Get in touch and talk to us about your needs. 

Normally our sessions last 60-180 minutes, but we are able to discuss shorter or longer if this is what your team or event needs. We can also offer ongoing regular sessions over a period of time to help bed in the learnings.

Of course. You can see the standard sessions we deliver here, but we are more than happy to work to a specific brief. Get in touch using the form at the bottom of the page with your specific needs. 

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