Course Catalogue - Improvisation

Even if you don’t make improv a career, a focus or a commitment, its worth a shot for anyone who wants to learn how to open their energy and creativity.

Improv is for everyone

Often misconstrued as a series of jokes on jokes, improv is merely the act of creating entertainment and telling a story on the spot. And it's not just for performers.

 

The entry level comedic improv class - taught, as all UVU's improv classes are, by Assistant Professor Laurie Harrop-Purser - is designed for absolutely anyone who wants to enroll.

 

"Everyone should take this class," Harrop-Purser said. "It's all about playing games that allow you to stretch your creativity. Think how it could serve you to think in the moment!"

 

She emphasizes that doctors, lawyers, moms and other creatives can benefit from the process of following the rules of improv games and of course by the linchpin of improv: listening.

 

"Listening honestly and reacting honestly is improv," she explained. "You realize the ease with which you can exchange energy."

It's not all supposed to be hilarious

In her class, Harrop-Purser instructs students to play a game called "Spelling Bee," where three people act as one contestant in a spelling competition. They're given a word, and must follow the traditional format of repeating and spelling the word - in unison.

 

"It's the trying to be funny and clever that gets in everyone's way," she laughs. "When you follow the rules of the task, you understand the value of improv.

 

And although improv is often humorous, it doesn't have to be. Harrop-Purser's dramatic improvisation classes for actors emphasize storytelling, not jokes.

 

Actors in improv

If you're an actor or a performer, having worked the muscles of improv can help you in a crisis situation. Forget your lines? No problem. Have a mishap with an instrument? You know how to think on your feet.

 

Even if you don’t make improv a career, a focus or a commitment, its worth a shot for anyone who wants to learn how to open their energy and creativity.