Act Social: Sometimes You Gotta Improvise to Compromise

THE MISSION

The principles of improv lead to hilarious comedy onstage but can they also be used to solve problems like depression, social anxiety, or conflict?  Applied improvisers belive the answer is “Yes!”

In our documentary film we show what happens when different kinds of people try improv: refugees, tragedy survivors, couples in counseling, even politicians (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.

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 like Bob Kulhan of Business Improv and Norm Laviolette of Improv Asylum.

WHAT IMPROV IS

Our 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.

Relationship to failure:

Yes And:

YOU

Improv doesn’t take talent as much as it takes a commitment 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.  Want to give it a try?

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

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