On Monday, students were split into two workshop groups. Half of the students explored the world of photography while the other students experimented with improv. For most of the students, it was their first time getting up in front of a group and acting out a scene with no planning. After some warming up, students volunteered to act out scenes given only a theme. Six students volunteered and created original and funny skits! The next task was to plan out a skit in small groups. Each group was given the same prompt, but each sketch was completely different and unique.
Students also used teamwork and acted as a "school of fish." The workshop facilitator had students put into two small groups. Each group needed to act as one person or unit. They moved together, made faces together, and laughed a lot together! A few students took the lead and guided the other students on what emotions they should convey and in which direction they should go.
After about two hours of improvisation, laughing, and moving as fish, the students debriefed on their theater workshop. One of our students commented, “It was crazy to see that each group was given the same problem to act out, but each group took a completely different route!”
The theater workshop was a huge success and it was amazing to see a room full of such creative students come together and step out of their comfort zones.