TRUE PLAY IMPROV
Experiences that get families LAL-ing*
*Listening, Agreeing, and Laughing
Our workshops and courses use improv comedy skills to get families playing and engaging from a place of fun and laughter. We use these skills to to energize all kinds of subjects, from Reading and Math to building Resilience, Adaptability and a Growth Mindset. Our goal is to live in a world of happy families that joyfully face challenges together.
Our workshops come in 2 forms: Family Improv and Parent Improv.
This is a new way to offer parent workshops, in which everyone is on their feet (or in their square). Everyone is engaged and laughing while genuinely practicing impactful skills that they can bring directly to their families. Our parents often come back to tell us how play filled the dinner table has become! So come join us and play.
Clients Include: NYC District 30, New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, PS 225, Queens Public Library, Urban Stages Outreach
True Play Improv focuses on 2 types of Workshops: We have Family Programs where everyone plays together in our customizable Family Improv Jam and we have Parents Only workshops where we play games and discuss how they build skills like Resilience, Adaptability & Growth Mindset through them.
Family Improv Jam
In the Family Improv Jams we get the whole family laughing and playing in person or on Zoom. It's a fast-paced festival of family creativity in which committment is rewarded and mistakes are celebrated as opportunities. We say "Yes" to each other. Sometimes kids even lead their parents. Everyone leaves with a smile on their face and games to continue to play as a family. (Parents get a follow-up document to remind them of the games and their takeawys) Perfect for your end of school year celebrations or a great way to kick off a new year!
Sometimes, parents just need to talk grown-up to grown-up. This is not improv as a performance, it's improv for communication, confidence, and joy. In a relaxed, supportive environment, we engage in fun exercises that you can bring to your family. The big difference at True Play is that we don't talk at you: instead, we give a chance to play games that impact your skills. Topics include expressive reading, math anxiety, resilience, adaptability, and developing a Growth Mindset. Perfect for PTA meetings! Click here to learn about all the different Parent Programs.
Hear what our families have to say
(Honestly, to "hear" it, you'll need to read these out loud).
"Just wanted to thank you guys again for these past six weeks. It's made a huge difference for me - and my family as a result. I feel like my mindset is shifting. I also somehow have more energy after each class, which is hard for me to do".
- Parent Improviser/Dad
"My family and I need more ease and laughter these days. Mary and Pat's Parent Improv class helped us crack up and chill out. Even our two-year-old got into the fun and games."
"My seven-year-old HATES talking about her feelings. Mary and Pat's Improv class taught me games that she loves to play and asks for every day. And they help her express her feelings through stories. It's like therapy, with laughter."
- Parent Improviser/ Mom
"The class was awesome. Pat and Mary were great coaches and facilitators. I appreciated the variety of exercises and the background explanations on the benefits, and how it ties back to key skills that we all need to have."