In addition to performances, the troupe also conducts basic workshops and extensive training. Workshops allows participants to get a first hand look at what it is like to use theatrics to create new ways of dealing with sensitive topics. It is an excellent tool for working with people of all ages about issues that need to be discussed in a safe environment.
In a basic workshop the "Imagine That" cast performs and shows the magic of improvisational theatre. They interact with participants and explain the power of "in character" processing. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants are given the opportunity to ask questions about theatrics, developing an improvisational group, cast member involvement, etc. The corresponding objectives are:
• to learn how to communicate about difficult topics
• to learn how to access resources in the community to address specific issues
• to learn that there are positive solutions to situations that seem hopeless
• to learn facts about alcohol, other drugs, and related issues.
The overall goal of the training workshop is to prepare a group to create their own troupe and enable participants to use improvisational theatre to present on any issues. The training workshops are specifically tailored for groups who want to start their own IMPROV team. These workshops are extensive and require 1 to 3 days of training, depending on the needs of the group.
A DEEPER LOOK
An outline of an "Imagine That" workshop is as follows:
• Introductions-Energizer-Group Cheer
• Trainers Performance
• Communication Activity
• Identifying Issues
• Group Scene Planning
• Group Scene Showcases
• Closing Activity.
The Cast introducing themselves after a performance.