Over The Counter Improv

Over The Counter Improv

Paul Marks has worked at more than 40 CMS schools providing a unique style of improv that not only engages the students in a fun and creative form of self-expression but adheres to the North Carolina Essential Standards.

Whether Paul is working with elementary, middle, or high school students, his

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Developing tomorrow's leaders today


Program description

The OTC improv program is highly interactive and humorous.  It is designed to nurture the right side of the brain to help students with self-confidence, humor, and empathy.  The crux of the program is to develop skills that will benefit each student in school, at home, and in their future endeavors in the workplace.


OTC improv highlights over the past decade

  • Taught more than 15,000


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance, Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Available almost any weekday

Available times:

9am until 4pm

Length of program: 1 hour per session
Space / technical requirements:

Classroom is perfect for spacing


Any CMS school

Fees / Ticketing:

275.00 per hour


NC Standard Course of Study:

Speaking and Listening SL1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Speaking and Listening SL2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Speaking and Listening SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric. Speaking and Listening SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. Speaking and Listening SL5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

NC Essential Standards:

Essential Standard : Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. (1.C.1; 2.C.1; 3.C.1; 4.C.1; 5.C.1) Essential Standard : Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. (1.C.2; 2.C.2; 3.C.2; 4.C.2; 5.C.2)


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


“I have had several folks tell me that was the best thing we have ever done with this group.  I noticed many principals taking notes so they can use the activities with their faculties”.  – Dr. Chuck Epps, Superintendent at Fort Mill Schools

“One of my partners who’s been practicing 35 years, and the founder of University Eye, said never in the history of our practice has he seen more laughing by more employees at any one event at any one time.  Very cool”.      – Dr. Hamp

“Our daughter stepped out of her comfort zone and did something brave, bold, and new – and LOVED it!  Hit tip to Paul Marks for his comedic genius and his ability to engage his campers in right brain skill-building that will benefit them throughout their lives”.   -Kim Keel (Mom of camper at Fort Mill Community Playhouse)

Cancellation Policy

3 days in advance