Improv and beyond

I’ve been practicing improvisational theater for more than three years now. It’s a hobby for me, and of course I don’t have the tenth of the knowledge and talent of my original teachers from Et Compagnie. But I will try to describe in this post what improv means to me.

As you may guess, it’s pleasant to have fun on stage entertaining the public, it’s pleasant to invent spontaneous stories while acting unpredictable characters. All this is true.

My team and I on stage, photo by Maxime Storn (

But improv is so much more and it has faces I think many people don’t even think about. For me improv means to

All this are things improvisers work on when they train. When correctly applied, they facilitate and make everything run well.

I encourage you to consider it next time you assist an improvisational theater show. And of course, I encourage you to give it a try. Finally, you may guess that all these principles can easily be extrapolated in real life.