Mary Poindexter McLaughlin
WRITER. TEACHING ARTIST. THEATRICAL FUN-MEISTER.
"There are people who prefer to say 'Yes,' and there are people who prefer to say 'No.' Those who say 'Yes' are rewarded by the adventures they have, and those who say 'No' are rewarded by the safety they attain. There are far more 'No' sayers around than 'yes' sayers, but you can train one type to behave like the other." ~ Keith Johnstone
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I love improv. There, I've said it. I've loved it from the very moment I found it in college. Incorporating the principles of improv into my daily life brings me closer to my highest and best. Not that I always remember to employ those principles, but when I do, it's a better day for me and for everyone around me.
I teach improv to students and adults, actors and corporate employees, board members and teachers. It's a tremendous way to access creativity, gain confidence, and build or repair fractured teamwork. But the practice of improv is also inherently beneficial, because the act of getting together with others to create, play, and support one another is practice for a happier life. After all, life doesn't have a script. It's improv.
Could improv save the world? Possibly. Imagine if everyone:
said yes and accepted
made the other person look good
committed and followed through
saw only opportunities, never mistakes
believed in the power of the group
Pretty great, right? Might not save it,
but it sure would make the world a better place.