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What is improv, anyway?

In short, improv is the art of making things up as you go along. Yes, really! It may sound scary at first, but think about it: we improvise every day of our lives and pretending to play a pirate or an orchestra conductor is no different.

 

Are your classes in-person?
As of Fall 2021, we will be holding all classes in-person.

 

In-person interaction is critical to the mental health of children and teens and we will do everything possible to keep classes in-person. However, classes could be moved to a virtual format if closure is mandated by the state, county or boro.

Please see below for safety protocols.

Safety Protocols
All Improv Ambler/The Lab instructors are fully vaccinated and have completed a recent background check. Temperatures will be checked upon entering the building and classes will follow CDC guidance for masking in K-12 schools, or local guidance from the Montgomery County Public Health.

As of 8/4, the CDC recommends masking of all students and teachers regardless of vaccination status, while indoors. We may also have access to an outdoor space during classes and weather permitting, but students and parents accept the requirements for masks being worn while indoors. 

Enrollment will be capped so students have appropriate room and scene work will be limited to two students on stage at a time. 

 

Why would they want to do it?

Improv is incredibly fun and laughing is good for us. But whether or not your child or teen wants to get onstage and play oddball characters, there are many benefits that will improve your day-to-day life, including learning:

  • Being present in the moment

  • Listening & discovery

  • Teamwork & camaraderie

  • Confidence

  • Unconditional support of yourself & others

  • Connection to other

  • Accepting mistakes

  • Self-compassion & self-acceptance

  • Accepting constructive criticism (i.e. taking a note)

 

What if they're scared?

That’s understandable! We get it because we were there once. Anything outside our comfort zone can feel frightening. But that’s why Improv Ambler provides a fun, supportive vibe that not only makes kids forget their stage fears, but cultivate a similar fearlessness offstage.

 

Is improv for my kid?

Most definitely yes! Children are natural comedians and great improvisers. Improv helps a person (no matter their age) build confidence in themselves and their ideas, find camaraderie and support through teamwork, and learn that there are not mistakes, there’s only how we handle them. BONUS: All classes are screen free.

 

Can you guess which of these comedians comes from an improv background?

  • Tina Fey

  • Amy Poehler

  • Keegan Michael Key

  • Jordan Peele

  • Stephen Colbert

  • Amber Ruffin

  • Seth Myers

  • Kate McKinnon

  • Kristen Wiig

  • Maya Rudolf

  • Those Sonic guys*

 

Answer: Every last one of these funny people started out as an improviser.

 

What if my child is interested in classes, but not performing?

We get it! No one is required to perform to take classes. They are free to cheer their fellow players on from the audience. Maybe they’ll decide the stage is for them later, or maybe not. Either is completely fine and supported.

Do you offer classes for adults?
Yes! Beginning February 2022, we will offer adult classes. Email us for information: info@improvambler.com