I just celebrated my one year anniversary of starting improv classes with BIG. I have to admit that I was terrified to begin that first class. In fact, I didn’t even sign myself up; I was simply told, “Happy birthday, I got you improv classes!” Instead of “Thank you!” I think I said, “You did what??”
I managed to drag my ungrateful self to that first class, a nervous wreck. One year and six classes later, I think it’s safe to say that I am hooked.
Every class covers something different, and each teacher has their own teaching style, their favorite warm-up games, and their improv specialties. But underneath the differences all BIG classes share some important things. You are going to meet amazing people and act like fools and fail together. You are going to take care of each other while laughing yourselves silly. You are going to have so much fun that you won’t want to stop.
After a year I see no reason to stop! I’m still taking classes with BIG and still playing games with amazing people. More than that, my BIG experiences have given me the courage to do things that one-year-ago me would never expect, like teaching a college class and doing indie improv shows in Baltimore with the Caucus mash-up group and Throwing Lobsters.
So if you’re thinking about trying improv with BIG: do it! You’ll find more new friends, inspiration, laughter, and self-confidence than you’ll know what to do with.
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