||[Jul. 3rd, 2007|11:39 am]
Last night I started TAing a level one improv class taught by Troy Miller. Teaching improv is something that definitely interests me, but I need more experience with it, and I need to re-learn just what the hell we did in level one.
The class has 17 people in it, which is pretty damn large for an improv class. The ages varied greatly, from around 20 to around 50. People were in it for different reasons... there was a standup comic, a guy who did improv in Dallas, a regular from the jam, a lady who's daughter (currently in level 3) convinced her to take it, and there was a girl whose parents saw Maestro last weekend and forced her to sign up for classes.
We did some pretty basic, fun stuff... introduced the concept that failure is okay, and encouraged people to take a failure bow when they screwed up.. We did mimed tug-of-war, gift giving, soundball, pass the clap, whoosh-bang-pow, a name game, gibberish definitions, slow-motion samauri, and word association. I was amazed at how most of the students had very few reservations, and threw themselves in whole-heartedly. I don't really remember my class being that gung-ho, but that was a long time ago. I have high hopes for the class.
I'm still trying to find my place as a TA. It's hard to know how much to pipe up and add my own thoughts, and how much to sit back and observe... or when to participate in an activity, and when to walk around and observe. I did have fun when we split into 2 circles and I got to 'run' have the group. My experience with the jam definitely helped with that.
Afterwards, people from our class and Shana's level 3 went out the Opal's, and hung out... which is a pretty important part of loosening everyone up and helping them to feel like they belong and are supported.
I remembered to get home by midnight so I could talk to Kaci via Skype and my webcam. The time difference is so big (7 hours) that when it's midnight for me, Kaci is just getting up and is all groggy. The other day I captured this picture of her:
You can't see it that well, but the outfit she's wearing is this adorable dress/jumper thing, coupled with this flowery pink shirt. She said that when she went to class that day, the girls from Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan were all cuted out, and exclaimed at how cute she looked.
Kaci Beeler... outcuting the Asians.