What happens during an improv rehearsal?

Rehearsals are some of the best nights of the week for D+ troupe members. It’s a time for us to refine our skills and get to know each other better. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the Fine Arts Center.


What happens during improv rehearsal

A lot of people wonder how you rehearse something like improv, where everything is made up on the spot. Well, rehearsal is an opportunity for us to get to know each other better and refine our social interactions with each other. We will go through scenes, games, and other skits so we can give each performer critiques on their style. We tell each other things we’re doing well and things we’re doing not so well.

Improv is all about trust: trusting yourself to go with your first idea, and trusting your scene partner to have your back. Rehearsals grow trust by making us more accustomed to the social styles of everyone in the group. If each of us knows each other better, we can anticipate how each person will act in a scene and that will inform our individual performances as well. Above all, rehearsals are just plain fun.

Structure of a rehearsal

Every rehearsal we try to do something different, but there is a consistent theme between all of them. They usually start off with our president, Alyssa, giving some information about upcoming events, improv ideas, and a bit of brainstorming from the group. This lets us touch base on how we’re feeling and what we might want to do later in the night.

Then we will go into scenes and games. We’ll usually have three people volunteer for a scene and we’ll take a suggestion and let them run with it. Open scenes are one of our favorite things to do because they let us experiment freely without the constraints of games. Long form improv works for us in the same way, and it is especially formative to play during rehearsal. Long form is a type of improv that is very loose, and so it relies more heavily on team-camaraderie and trust than any other game.

Check out some of the rehearsal games we play at improv encyclopedia. Every now and then we’ll post photos and videos from rehearsal on our Facebook┬ápage or Twitter┬ápage! Follow along for more.