Looking for a new fun hobby? Have you always thought about performing on stage, but didn’t know where to start? South Minneapolis resident Bobby Gardner is just the person to help you get started.
Improv, or improvisation, is a form of live theater where everything—the characters, plot, scene and dialogue—are made up on the spot. And it’s not just for those who want to perform on stage, “It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, and learning improv has other benefits, too. It translates well into improving social skills, workplace communication and communication you use every day,” he says.
“It’s a safe environment and it’s a lot of fun. You learn how to navigate when you don’t know what to say. You learn that you don’t always need the best answer—sometimes you just need the next answer.”
“When someone is talking to us, often we’re just thinking about the next thing we want to say. Improv helps you learn to listen, to be in the moment and to build a connection with another person,” he says.
Gardner teaches improv at Strike Theater in North Minneapolis, and also teaches sketch writing.
Go to Strike Theater’s website for their latest offerings.
824 18th Ave. NE