Thanks to the amazing Out of the PILLbox Players* and Portsmouth Public Media TV, the PILL filming project is off the ground. PILL stands for Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab where we hold improv classes for everyday people who want to have fun, develop interpersonal skills, and meet other nice people. (We even have a new class combining mindfulness and improvisation!)
There are two goals for the filming project:
- To help people see how safe, fun, connecting, and enriching improv activities can be.
- To provide video samples of activities that can be used for teaching as discussed in my train-the-trainer book, Medical Improv: A New Way to Improve Communication.
Same Time Story aka Mirror Speech aka Synchronized Story is a fun improv activity adapted from Viola Spolin’s book, Theatre for the Classroom. Here, Glenna Kimball and Jody Fuller demonstrate the activity while their friends look on!
As you watch this 2 min Youtube, notice:
- How much fun they and their classmates are having!
- How quickly they adapt to an unexpected topic and change in leadership!
- How focused they are on each other!
- How safe and easy this activity can be!
Same Time Story can be useful in the development of emotional intelligence and respectful listening skills and it is a great way for people to experience what it is like to be heard! Yet, it can be tricky to teach or explain in writing!
Introducing the Out of the PILLbox Players (OOPPs)!
Jody Fuller, Glenna Kimball, Liz Korabek-Emerson, Mary Ellen McElroy. Robin Masia, Corrie Owens-Beauchesne, Anita Remig, and Dwyer Vessey! A couple OOPPs have acting backgrounds. Most do not. All have taken some PILL classes and have agreed to help with the goals of this project. We had a blast and will be holding 3 more sessions. (If you are interested in participating, contact me: email@example.com)
And thanks to Chad Cordner for production support and with Colin McCarthy and Eddie Pimansone for manning the cameras!