Improv for Interaction

A group of diverse students reading lines for drama

ABOUT THIS SERIES:

I need an occupation... a place... and two different types of aquatic mammals. Sound strange? Not in Improv! Improvisational acting (or Improv) games are a fun and effective way to teach and shape social engagement. These games rely on quick thinking, verbal skill, creativity, and enthusiasm. Research indicates that Improv games are effective in teaching prosocial behavior, emotional resilience, cognitive flexibility, self-expression, and creativity. In past sessions, 80% of parents reported an increase in their child's confidence and social initiative as a result of participating in this class.

This 10-week class, taught by our friends at the Miracle Project, provides 1:1 coaching and group facilitation to practice positive social interactions with bright and quirky peers, self-awareness, techniques to manage social anxiety, and being part of a group. We'll have fun with improvisation, music, movement, theater games, voice over acting, comedy, and role play activities.

MATERIALS:

  • A computer or tablet with reliable internet and access to Zoom

AGES 7-10

DURATION: September 16 - November 18, 2021

MEETS: Thursdays for 60 minutes

TIME: 2:00pm Seattle/ 5:00pm New York/ 7:00am Friday Sydney

COST: $45 per class billed as a 10-class session

AGES 7-10

DURATION: September 16 - November 18, 2021

MEETS: Thursdays for 60 minutes

TIME: 4:30pm Seattle/ 7:30pm New York/ 9:00am Friday Sydney

COST: $45 per class billed as a 10-class session

AGES 10-12

DURATION: September 17 - November 19, 2021

MEETS: Fridays for 60 minutes

TIME: 9:00am Seattle/ 12:00pm New York/ 5:00pm London

COST: $45 per class billed as a 10-class session

AGES 10-12

DURATION: September 17 - November 19, 2021

MEETS: Fridays for 60 minutes

TIME: 3:15pm Seattle/ 6:15pm New York/ 8:15am Saturday Sydney

COST: $45 per class billed as a 10-class session

FOUNDER: Elaine Hall

Elaine Hall, The Miracle Project's Founder & Executive Artistic Director, has been referenced by The New York Times as “the child whisperer” and is a pioneer in using theater and movement practices as a portal for connection among individuals with autism and related disabilities. Elaine was a top Hollywood acting coach when her adopted son was diagnosed with autism. When traditional behavioral therapies did not work for him, she developed an innovative methodology combining mindfulness and the expressive arts with what she was learning from autism experts, Dr. Stanley Greenspan, Dr. Ricki Robinson, and Dr. Barry Prizant. The 2008 Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, AUTISM: The Musical profiles Elaine’s early work with The Miracle Project, which has since been deemed evidence-based and is now being replicated nationally and internationally.

"The class was very well structured. The instructors did an amazing job with their interaction with the children. The energy was always very positive and encouraging. The children felt respected and they felt safe enough to put themselves in a vulnerable position to do something very much out of their comfort zone."

— Parent of an Improv for Interaction Student