“And it all starts from the inside out. It all starts with Why.” – Simon Sinek, Start with Why
What you see above is ostensibly the “Why” of Allprov – making improv accessible to everyone. However, this reason doesn’t fully explain my purpose in founding Allprov. Our purpose also relates to the WHY of improvisation- after all, why should people learn improv and not some other creative form? And my answer to that, of course, is “Yes, AND” – yes – you should learn another creative form AND you should study improvisation. I hope the reasons to study improv will become clearer the more you learn about the topic. The “WHY improv?” question, and more specifically – the matter of “WHY Allprov?” is a multi-dimensional idea. I will be using this blog to work out those dimensions in the coming weeks and months.
But to get us started - here are some dimensions of WHY Allprov was founded:
Dimension 1: Let’s break down barriers! Marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and those with few socioeconomic options, frequently encounter barriers to reaching their goals – whether that goal is obtaining groceries, receiving health care, or accessing the arts.
Dimension 2: I love improv and want to share it with anyone willing to listen or watch! Perhaps more on point is that improv seems to have MANY benefits for people who learn this art form. I plan on writing many articles about those benefits – both ones I have experienced personally and those that are being researched in universities.
Dimension 3: Improv needs Diversity! And more broadly, the arts need diversity. I’ve seen enough improv shows featuring able-bodied white guys where the only diversity is in the length of their beards and the color of their flannels. When the improvisers have different abilities/disabilities, races, and genders, shows can be funnier and more compelling. Improv is an art form where the performers’ life experiences really matter in creating scenes on stage. If an improv community has only performers with similar life experiences, there isn’t as much room for learning and innovation.
Well, that’s a brief summary of the WHY for Allprov. More to come :-)