Each year at the AIN conference there is an imrov jam where anyone from performers to people who have never done improv can get up and give it a try. The opening reception on the first night (day of the pre-conference) was the evening for the jam. As a member of the programming committee, I volunteered to coordinate the improv Jam!
I wanted to find a way to include as many people as possible and at the same time give the performers a venue to play as well.
We started with some all-group activities led by Matt Weinstein (Playfair). Everyone was engaged and had fun, so much so that we were asked to quiet a bit to not disturb the diners in the restaurant. (Woo Hoo!)
We then moved on to some large group improv scenes.
- String of Pearls
- Speaking in one voice
- Category Die
After the group scenes, we moved into scenework and games for anyone that wanted to try something.
The audience at this conference is amazingly supportive and wonderful and helped make the evening a great success as much as the 30-40 performers who got up and improvised.