Planet Improv Educational Services, LLC is a for-profit business established in 2019 that uses applied improvisational theatre techniques to empower and educate students.
Planet Improv, Inc is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation established in 2006. Its’ mission statement is “Empowering people to grow by providing engaging educational opportunities using applied improvisation.”
Planet Improv Educational Services, LLC & Planet Improv, Inc. have collaborated with and continue to collaborate with: the Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) District, CMS’s After School Enrichment Program (ASEP;) The CMS Summer Camp Program; The CMS Project L.I.F.T. Program; The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center; St. Patrick’s Elementary School; Charlotte Country Day School; The YMCA/Anne Springs Close Greenway (Fort Mill, SC;) The Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department (PARC) and The City of Charlotte amongst many other educational organizations.
We used applied improvisation techniques to give students practice in:
7017 Streamside Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212
Listening is an important part of being an educator in any context. It is a way of “looking for the truth and the interesting things in what students are saying and not just trying to set them up to say the things you want them to say.”
Applied improv for educators/administrators/school personnel build teamwork, listening skills, and curious thinking. All skills that are important to educators as well.
What is really cool about appliced improv is it’s a way to physically and emotionally experience concepts in a safe space. A space that removes expectations of judgment and builds a foundation for people to support one another in achieving a goal.
You have this visceral, physical reaction to it — in a room, playing a game, rather than just hearing somebody say ‘you should make more mistakes’ or ‘this is why failure is good. There is something experiential but safe about applied improv that allows you to play around with and internalize these larger concepts.
Amongst many fun and highly interactive activities, participants introduce themselves verbally, gesture physically, move often in an open space, ask for consent before touching others, speak in pairs or small groups, and orient themselves in circles or front-facing arrangements. Participants turn to their partner(s) and say “thank you” after each activity ends and before forming new groups. Thank you is important because it gets us out of our head and reminds us of the value of people around us.
Participants celebrate mistakes by raising their hands and exclaiming, “woo-hoo!” As time passes, participants in applied improve grow more comfortable with the activities and with one another, and eventually start passing an invisible ball while making different made-up sounds.
These improv skills are especially relevant to educators: how to be present and fully listen, how to be spontaneous and celebrate failure, and how to share control.”
At the end of the workshop, participants gather in a circle and reflect on their experiences as a group, with mentions of expanding their comfort zones, learning the value of being a little goofy, and some wondering — can we create a new extracurricular applied improv club?
Planet Improv Educational Services, LLC and Planet Improv, Inc. are overjoyed to discuss scheduling collaborations on any days and dates that are available on your/their calendar.
Planet Improv Educational Services, LLC and Planet Improv, Inc. are overjoyed to discuss scheduling collaborations before, during or after school timeframes that are available on your/their calendar.
We need to be able to stand up, sit down and move around.
Planet Improv Educational Services, LLC and Planet Improv, Inc. will come to you. If that is not possible, we will find a suitable offsite venue.
Planet Improv Educational Service, LLC and Planet Improv, Inc. will be overjoyed to work with your school/educators/administrators to best utilize your remaining ASC school funds and/or, if applicable, any additional/alternative funding source(s.)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL. Pre-K to 12 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.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L. Pre-K to 12 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L. Pre-K to 12 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Strand: Communication NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.C.1 Use movement, voice and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.C.1.1 Use non-verbal expressions to communicate elements of characterization, including age and physicality. NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.C.1.2 Apply appropriate volume and variation in pitch, rate, and tone to express character.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.C.1.3 Understand how to transform stories into written dialogue.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.C.2.1 Use improvisation to present a variety of simple stories or situations.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.C.2.2 Interpret stories from given texts by acting them out.
Strand: Culture NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.CU.1 Analyze theatre in terms of the social, historical and cultural contexts in which it was created.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.CU.1.1 Use theatre arts to illustrate how people express themselves differently.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.CU.1.2 Identify the cultural/historical contexts of stories that are acted out.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.CU.2 Understand the traditions, roles, and conventions of theatre as an art form.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.CU.2.1 Understand how to attend to others when they are sharing.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.CU2.2 Recognize the role of the director or acting coach.
Strand: Analysis NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.A.1 Analyze literary texts and performances.
NCES.(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.A.1.1 Recall the basics parts of a story, such as characters, setting, and events.
NCES,(GRADE APPROPRIATE).TA.A.1.2 Analyze events in relationship to the setting where they take place in formal and informal productions.
Planet Improv Educational Services, LLC and Planet Improv, Inc. are overjoyed to reschedule session(s) at your educators/schools/administrators convenience at no additional charge.