Act Social: The Art of Authenticity

THE MISSION

The principles of improv lead to hilarious comedy onstage but they have also been shown to successfully defuse life-threatening conflicts.

In our documentary film we teach improv to world leaders. We think they could use it.

 

In Act Social, you will also meet improv teachers who work with communities in need, giving audiences a never-before-seen look at the possibilities improv can bring to real life.

Our title, Act Social, alludes to improvised dances like salsa or swing, that are called social dances, and jazz is known as social music—so improv theatre is “social acting.” Of course the irony is that, under Neva Boyd and Jane Addams, improvisation techniques started out as a key component of social work in the early 1900s—and can help us socialize better today.

THE TEAM

Filmmaker Sean A. Mulvihill leads a cast featuring famed improviser Colin Mochrie of Whose Line is it, Anyway?, psychologist Barbara Tint, and several leading improv instructors.

WHAT IMPROV IS

Our early research indicates that most people don’t know what improv is or how you do it successfully.  Watch this video:

Improvisation consists of a number of principles or rules that can make a person highly successful in unpredictable situations.  The videos below demonstrate some of the main principles.

YOU

With this film, we are going to traverse the country teaching people that improv doesn’t take talent.  All it takes is an adherence to the fundamental principles of improv: “yes and,” risk-taking, building on failure, listening, generosity, focus, and more.  All of the improv skills are acquired through fun and engaging games.  Furthermore, there are people using improv to heal themselves and their relationships and we will document their stories.

We’ve already got a lot of great footage…soon we’ll be asking for your financial support to finish this film.

PLEASE JOIN OUR MAILING LIST SO THAT YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS GROUNDBREAKING PROJECT.  YOU’LL GET FREE ONLINE IMPROV CLASSES!