What we're about

The San Diego Improv Meetup is for anyone interested in fun, playful, interactive games and learning improv.

At this Improv Meetup, we will:
- have fun!
- listen and be present
- build on each other’s ideas
- get out of our heads and let go

We will do the above by playing fun games and by doing improvised scenework!

Upcoming events (3)

Intro to Improv - You Are a Storyteller

Online event

I'll tell you a secret... you are a storyteller. This is an on-your feet online workshop focused on storytelling. You will play games, do storytelling exercises and learn tools to help you connect to your audience.This class is for all skill levels. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-improv-you-are-a-storyteller-tickets-124375852523 Why Improv? Forbes, the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford, IDEO and many other publications have written about how improv training is amazing business training, improves communication, increases creativity and reduces anxiety. But what’s the deal? How does improv help improv help us at home and at work? Improv helps people: - Listen and be present - Be better communicators - Tap into creativity - Relieve anxiety/stress and release tension - Celebrate making mistakes and be more resilient - Gracefully deal with uncertainty - Make your partners look good and collaborate on teams more effectively - YES AND in addition to being useful, improv is fun! What Takeaways to Expect - Develop deeper listening skills - Hone your audience awareness - Embrace body language that makes you open and flexible to ideas instead of closed off. - Be more comfortable going off-script (i.e. improvising) during presentations, in Q&A, and in life. - Take the focus off yourself and serve your audience by “being interested, instead of being interesting” - Use “yes and” thinking to collaborate more creatively and effectively with your team - Take care of your teammates and notice when team members feel excluded or afraid to contribute their thoughts. Sometimes, great ideas go unspoken. Remember to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-improv-you-are-a-storyteller-tickets-124375852523 Testimonials: “I had a lovely time in Jared's classes! I felt so relaxed and happy afterwards. I feel like my neurons have been firing differently since. Improv play and improv thinking is helpful to me as a product manager.” - Adrienne Tran, Product Manager, Tesla "I so enjoyed Jared's class. I work with people who have experienced chronic homelessness, and the games he taught have given me new, joyful, playful strategies for really *listening* to the men and women I have the privilege of serving." - Bethany Hebbard, Community Corps Director, Mobile Loaves and Fishes "Jared ran a workshop for a team offsite I hosted and there couldn't have been a better way to kick it off! The exercises he ran us through helped set a positive tone and encouraged the group to feel comfortable with each other. We practiced effective ways to communicate and listen and we found that later in the week we used these techniques. Highly recommended for a group activity - whether purely for fun or for more professional, work related scenarios!" - Liz Bogart, Marketing Manager at AngelList “ Jared has a knack for establishing a safe environment so participants can play, take creative risks, and have fun learning.” - Connor Warnock, Lead Engineer, Notable Labs Our Mission: - Share the joy of improv and empathetic storytelling to people who haven't had the opportunity to explore who they are and relate to others through play - Help people get back in touch with their natural presence - Make storytelling training more accessible - Share knowledge, techniques and tools to sharpen storytelling skills, build confidence and build resilience *Note, Check out the full list of upcoming classes here: http://joyofimprov.eventbrite.com/

Tuesday Talks - A Storytelling Question and Answer

Online event

In this 90 minute session, you will get to activate your creativity and imagination with a playful physical warmup and a creative game. Then we dive into answering questions from you and the rest of the community. RSVP and get Zoom classroom details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-talks-tickets-126733283663 The Joy of Improv Team (Nila, Sheweet and Jared) will discuss a topic brought up in past workshops. They will also answer questions from the community. Why Do This? By the Community, For the Community - A Deeper Dive Into Previous Questions and Topics. Every time we do an online community workshop, there are questions that we answer but which we can't do a deep dive into because of time constraints. In Tuesday Talks, we'll go deeper into your questions and/or problems. - Time for Coaching and a Different Perspective. Many creatives who show up to our online community workshops want additional perspective or coaching on a project, story or a problem in their life. They often say "I wish I could get out of my own head on this..." or "how would you approach this?" This is dedicated time where we hope to help. Topics Vary, but Often Include: - Communication - Empathy - Storytelling - Creativity - Trusting your imagination - Problem solving - Critical thinking - How to integrate more "play" into your life (at home and at work) - Developing stage presence - Public speaking - Imaginative rituals and exercises to help with creativity and performance - etc. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-talks-tickets-126733283663 Agenda - Introduction - A group physical warmup - A partner or small group game to activate our creativity and playfulness - Joy of Improv Team addresses a previous topic / question from past workshops - Address live questions from you (our creative community) - Breathing / Meditation - Gratitude Want to Submit a Question, Problem or Topic to The Team? - Email us at: [masked] - Use the subject line: Tuesday Talks - Your First and Last Name Our Mission - Share the joy of improv and storytelling with people who haven't had the opportunity to explore who they are and relate to others through imaginative play. - Make storytelling and the nurturing of the imagination more accessible to people who haven't had the opportunity or the means to pursue these skills. - Help people get back in touch with their natural presence. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-talks-tickets-126733283663

Intro to Improv - Spontaneity and Imagination

Online event

Fire up your creativity neurons, relieve stress, play imaginative games, and tell stories! This is an on-your feet online workshop where you learn by doing. You will play improv games, build on each others ideas and tell stories. This class is for all skill levels. No prior experience necessary. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-improv-spontaneity-and-imagination-tickets-114741264210 Why Improv? The New York Times, Stanford, IDEO, Harvard Business Review, Forbes and many other publications have written about how improv training is amazing business training, improves communication, increases creativity and reduces anxiety. But what’s the deal? How does improv help us in our lives at home and at work? Improv Helps People: - Listen and be present - Be better communicators - Tap into creativity - Relieve anxiety and release tension - Increase their empathy - Celebrate mistakes and be more resilient - Gracefully deal with uncertainty - Make your partners look good and - Collaborate on teams more effectively - YES AND in addition to being useful, improv is fun! Workshop Areas of Focus: - Fun games that you can teach to friends, family and colleagues! - Listening, noticing, being present - Spontaneity and imaginative play - Being kinder to ourselves and letting go of self judgement - Celebrating mistakes and seeing how mistakes can be gifts - Making your partners look good / "being interested, instead of interesting" - Saying Yes - Yes And - Demystify improv Who Should Attend: Anyone who wants to strengthen their storytelling, play fun games, relieve stress, learn new skills and have fun! Want to see what it's like? You can see some past live streamed online classes here: https://www.facebook.com/joyofimprov/live And you can read reviews here: https://www.facebook.com/joyofimprov/reviews Class Duration: Class is two hours. The instructor(s) will also stick around for an additional 15-30 minutes after class to answer new questions and/or go deeper into previously asked questions. Class Testimonials: “I had a lovely time in Jared's classes! I felt so relaxed and happy afterwards. I feel like my neurons have been firing differently since. Improv play and improv thinking is helpful to me as a product manager.” - Adrienne Tran, Product Manager, Tesla "I so enjoyed Jared's class. I work with people who have experienced chronic homelessness, and the games he taught have given me new, joyful, playful strategies for really *listening* to the men and women I have the privilege of serving." - Bethany Hebbard, Community Corps Director, Mobile Loaves and Fishes "Jared ran a workshop for a team offsite I hosted and there couldn't have been a better way to kick it off! The exercises he ran us through helped set a positive tone and encouraged the group to feel comfortable with each other. We practiced effective ways to communicate and listen and we found that later in the week we used these techniques. Highly recommended for a group activity - whether purely for fun or for more professional, work related scenarios!" - Liz Bogart, Marketing Manager at AngelList “ Jared has a knack for establishing a safe environment so participants can play, take creative risks, and have fun learning.” - Connor Warnock, Lead Engineer, Notable Labs Read more class recommendations here: https://www.facebook.com/joyofimprov/reviews/ Our Mission: - Share the joy of improv and empathetic storytelling to people who haven't had the opportunity to explore who they are and relate to others through play - Help people get back in touch with their natural presence - Make storytelling training more accessible - Share knowledge, techniques and tools to sharpen storytelling skills, build confidence and build resilience Remember to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-improv-spontaneity-and-imagination-tickets-114741264210

Past events (8)

Intro to Improv - You Are a Storyteller

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