Total Improv Kids is a one of a kind school that uses the art of theatrical improvisation to offer kids a fun and exciting means of tapping into right brain thinking and expanding their imaginations. A unique teaching approach that both stands alone and supplements educational practices like Common Core and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Total Improv Kids also nurtures important life skills within a healthy, supportive group environment. It is a great means for students to explore who they are, allowing them to find the greatest potential in themselves and each other.
Skills students learn include:
• Memory recall
• Problem solving
• Support of others
• Occupational preparedness
• Good judgment
• Personal validation
• Thinking outside the box
We are the only school of improvisation that does not focus specifically on a career in the entertainment business, but on life skills the students can draw from no matter where their futures take them.
Total Improv Kids classes are run by founder and improv mentor Linda Kellogg Fulton as well as teachers from the Total Improv Kids staff fully trained in The Fulton Method. Occasionally, the studio will host guest teachers, including improv professionals from Second City and other schools.
Class size: 12-14 students
Age range: 8-18
Class times: Saturdays 11:00 – 1:00 and 1:00 – 3:00
*Students take one class per week.
*New classes can start at different times.
How classes work
Linda works with students of all ages and experience levels and gets them working together. Classes typically run two to three hours long and while she manages the class, she offers students the space and opportunity to lead themselves whenever possible, giving them a sense of control over their learning. Students do everything from simple warm up games through activities specifically designed to teach lessons through scene work and more complex exercises. Linda makes sure EVERY student is involved and participating, getting them comfortable with the work and each other. She teaches from a vast catalogue of hundreds of classic and original improv games, all with her own spin, specifically designed to help students grow in specific aspects of their development. Every single class is different and can be tailored to any students’ needs!
The Fulton Method
Linda teaches kids using The Fulton Method, which is a unique and dynamic approach to classic improvisation meant to supplement traditional learning methods. As a major proponent of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), she helps students learn through experience and prefers to give them control of their own learning and development in a structured and guided classroom setting. The idea is to help them work together to teach themselves, to learn empathy, and how to cooperate and collaborate…in an extremely fun and exciting environment. The Fulton Method is a mature yet supportive approach to growth and education, using improv as a tool to help young students on any learning level identify their strengths, develop their personalities as well as their minds, adapt necessary life skills that will help them build a future and most important, grow the confidence they need to succeed in any endeavor.
Total Improv Kids Class Games
Here are a few examples of warm ups, exercises and games from Total Improv Kids class:
KITTY WANTS A CORNER: All the “mice” form a circle around a “kitty” and must use skills like non-verbal communication, connecting agreement and eye contact to switch places with each other while the kitty isn’t looking, hoping not be noticed.
NAME SIX: Participants form a circle and pass around a bottle as quickly as possible while one player tries to name six items in a category (e.g. TV shows, cartoon characters, candy bars, etc.), helping to hone mental agility and prevent brain freeze.
DOG AND BONE: One player is blindfolded and sits on a chair in the middle of a circle with a “bone” underneath. The other players try to quietly sneak up and steal the bone without the “dog” noticing, helping that player tune into their awareness and sense of presence. If one succeeds, the dog removes his blindfold and uses his intuition to guess who took it.
THE ABCS: Two players have a conversation where each following sentence must start with the next letter in the alphabet, developing a player’s mental multi-tasking and quick wit.
AD GAME: In this team-building activity, the group takes a suggestion and must develop a new product, name, slogan, jingle, target market, spokesperson and eventually a commercial…in five minutes or less. This helps them develop cooperation, listening, focus and team building.
ALLEN’S ALLEY: An interviewer is given a question and goes around to the “neighborhood” asking the question to improvers who answer as various characters, giving them necessary character-building skills and practice with spontaneity.
Prices: $25 per class or $100 for the month (if the month has a fifth week, students get it FREE with the purchase of a month’s worth of classes).
Special Online Discount: If you mention the website and sign up for three months of class, you get one month of classes FREE!
Also, since Total Improv Kids is a California 501c3 registered nonprofit, there are other opportunities for price breaks for economically challenged families. Please contact Total Improv Kids for more information.