Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Not only is improv fun, it has tremendous therapeutic benefits. Researchers and clinical psychologists alike have begun to pay attention to improv, conducting studies or incorporating it into work with their patients. Improv creates a space that is free of judgment or fear of failure, making it an ideal environment for people who struggle with anxiety or physical impairment.
“The beauty of improv is that it is quintessentially a collective, cooperative form that rests completely on trust for the spark of creativity that can transport the players, briefly, into confidence-building interpersonal connections.” Gordon Bermant, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania
Participants are able to be entirely in the moment. For caregivers, it can show a new to let go of how things were in the past and to be completely open to the present. This program has helped many people to feel lighter and more positive.