One of our conventions is that whatever happens in impro class stays in impro class. Except that we can smuggle out our learning. One of the joys of this sort of work is recognizing how one context resembles another in a way that allows the transfer of your skill or resource. . .
In an improvisation class, we take care to set up an environment in which it is safe to take risks. By experiencing the feelings of succeeding in taking risks, we may discover an extra degree of risk or an extra degree of safety that is worth exporting from the class.
In simulating uncertainty and reflecting on how we fared, we can capture useful ideas for own circumstances and contexts.
One student wrote a poem and said, “I was surprised how much I enjoyed doing it. I put a few linguistic tricks in there that pleased me. I realised if it was something I have done and enjoyed, then maybe I could do it a bit more than I am doing.”
I'm impressed by how often improvisers rediscover their creativity, whether it's by reminding themselves of their skills, getting a kick from the enjoyment of an activity such as writing a short poem or drawing a picture, or from the appreciation of an audience or collaborator for their contribution. In a class, it is clear how It is one thing to write your own stuff and keep it private, and quite another to risk sharing it.