Kevin is one of the newest members of The Baltimore Improv Group and will be playing with long running short form improv troupe Plan B! Below, Kevin reflects on his time as an improv student through BIG University:
Man, I love making stuff up with people while other people watch. That sounds weird, doesn’t it? Oh well.
I started taking classes at BIG University after talking with a colleague of mine whom I admired who was in a BIG troupe. After talking with him, I decided that I had stalled long enough and said, “Screw it, I’m signing up”.
Good thing I did. I quickly realized that the two hours of improv class I had each week were unlike any other time during the week. No matter how stressful life became, I could just play around, learn, and be supported for two hours in improv class.
It was addicting. That feeling of being excited and anxious became addicting, and I decided that improv and the improv world were something I wanted to be a part of.
After a few classes, I noticed that I was saying, “Yes” more in my life as opposed to no. I was trying new things away from improv and was noticing how I reacted in different situations, be it at work or out with people. Improv was creeping into my daily life, and I welcomed it.
But it wasn’t just the feeling(s) I had while in class it was the relationships. The people you get to meet and the relationships you begin to cultivate, while being a little vulnerable in front of each other in class, are amazing. There is nothing like creating something with your fellow classmates. I remember talking (and high-fiving) with some people after a class showcase, and you could see how happy those people were. That’s what improv does.
So, if you are reading this thinking, “Mmm that does sound pretty cool”, I say go for it. Sign up for BIG classes. Do it now! Meet awesome people, learn from supportive and hilarious teachers, support Baltimore theater, and create funny stuff. Just don’t blame me if you get addicted. -KP
Kevin, 4th from the left, on stage with fellow members of BIG’s monthly improv collaboration, The Caucus.
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