The Improv Intensive has been developed for every teacher and administrator engaged in Christian Education. Participants will be introduced to the unique approach of improv pedagogy in five days of challenging games and on-your feet exercises. By the end of the week, students will have dozens of new games they can use for icebreakers, idea-generation, group bonding, and just plain fun! They will also be exposed to the core perspectives that make improv training so powerful: play as a core learning strategy, acting vs. judging, the essentiality of failure, primacy of character over product, truly communal creation, mistakes as gifts, and instant adaptation.
Second City makes more money from it’s training program for businesses than from all its live improv shows combined. Corporations clearly value improv training – yet most educational institutions all but ignore it. What do corporations know that our schools do not? What do they need from employees on their staff that we failed to teach them when they were students in our classrooms? This course will enable educators and students to collaborate more effectively, create more freely and connect more fully, deeply, and meaningfully with their colleagues, peers, and students.
Richard Peters is an actor, writer, director, and teacher at Toronto District Christian High. In 2004 he founded BrokenOpen Theatre – Canada’s only company of professional actors specializing in teaching Christians. He has taught theatre at Tyndale University, and guest lectured at Rocky Mountain College, Providence College and Redeemer University, to name a few. As an actor with Brookstone Performing Arts, he was in the ensemble that wrote 2000 Candles, a production that toured across Canada for the better part of a decade. In the past 4 years, the team Richard coaches for the Canadian Improv Games have taken Bronze once and Gold twice at the Toronto Regional Tournament. They are currently ranked 11th in Canada.
Originally hailing from Vernon, Richard holds a BFA from the University of Alberta’s Acting Conservatory, and has trained with BadDog Theatre, The Assembly, and Second City (all in Toronto), the Vancouver TheatreSports League, as well as Second City & iO Theatre (Chicago). He will be graduating from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto with an MA-EL (teaching stream, with a specific emphasis on teaching improvisation) this fall.
Richard gave up on the NHL after Vancouver lost in 2011, and his wife (actress Jane Miller) jokes that he replaced his sports addiction with improv – so he is thrilled to be back in BC to share what has become his greatest joy of the last decade!