From December 2014 until a couple of months ago, I taught a weekly free introductory improv class at Westside. I thought of it as recess for grown ups, and I loved it. It was a low-risk way for people who had never been on a stage before to try it out, and it was a way for people who have improvised for years to play with new people and remind themselves why they started doing improv in the first place.
I left for a few weeks to recover from childbirth, and by the time I came back, most of the improvisers who had been coming regularly had joined teams, enrolled in more advanced workshops, or had otherwise moved on. The weekly Free Class is no more.
(If this makes you sad, you should know that Westside’s Jam is still free, and their improv classes are about half the price of other suburban training centers. Here’s some info!)
Over the next few days/weeks/whenever I have a break, I’m going to write out more of what we did during a normal week of Free Class. For now, here are some Free Class stats:
- 33 – total number of classes I taught
- 48 – number of classes there were total from December 2, 2014 through October 27, 2015.
- 448 – number of people who took the class, if you don’t take into account that many players came more than once
- 113 – number of people who actually came through the class
- 11.2 – average number of players each week
- 3.14 – average number of new players each week (and also π). I only had one week with no new faces.
- 22 – number of players in the largest class
- 1 – number of players in the smallest class. Yep, I taught a one-on-one improv class to someone who had never performed before, and she rocked it.
- 10 – approximate age of the youngest player I taught.
- 60-something – approximate age of the oldest player I taught, though my guess could be far off in either direction
- 2 – number of weeks between the last full class I taught and the day my kid was born