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Improv Skills for Real Life


50 per session - - Posted Apr 09, 2016

I will share three essential "rules" of improv comedy.

1. Say "Yes, and...."
2. Make your partner look good
3. Give a gift

and explain how these rules can be applied off-stage, in a variety of real-life social situations. I see this course/lesson/experience that I'm offering as being particularly beneficial to someone with limited or informal experience with improv but a strong desire to learn more about it as a means towards self-understanding and self-improvement. I share ideas about how improv can be used as a skill to improve learning, decision making, and collaboration with others. Having an eye towards the metaphorical will be useful for these discussions. Books that I recommend as a precursor or supplement are:

Impro (
Improv Wisdom (¡-1&keywords=improv+wisdom)

Training & Qualifications

I studied improv at UC Berkeley where I took classes, performed, and taught my own class focused on the "Psychology of Acting" (using several improv games as a way to facilitate learning). I also wrote a sociological analysis of improv comedy as a "consensus decision making tool."

I have taken classes at BATS theater, Leela, Improv Dojo, End Games, and Un-Scripted Theater. I am currently in a 12-week class focused on Improv for Group Therapy.

Availability & Preferences

My availability is Saturday or Sunday. I'd prefer Sunday mid-day to afternoon in Berkeley. My inclination is to meet at a park or some other public space nearby.

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Adam

Oct 19, 2016
Great time with Adam! Always a pleasure to work with
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Sep 29, 2016
Adam was genuine and full of great advice! We had an effortless conversation and connected on some common ground while he wove in his improv lessons! ...Looking forward to our next meeting :)show more
Jul 01, 2016
Adam was fantastic! I have a great time working with him. I learned a lot about basic conversation skill as well. Talking to people you don't know on ...the fly about unprepared topics takes a bit of improv. Great guy!show more
Mar 13, 2017
Adam is insightful and forward-thinking. I still have a quote from this interview written on the whiteboard in Simbi's office!
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Sep 29, 2016
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Sep 26, 2016
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