5.5 years ago I took my first class at Jester’Z Improv. I was so nervous that I didn’t tell anyone I was taking the class. I didn’t have any theater background or any improv experience, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I signed up for the classes because I worked for a student tour company and spent a lot of time on buses with hundreds of high school students… I was looking for something to help me keep the kids entertained, I had been to several Jester’Z shows and figured a little improv was as good as anything.
Little did I know 5.5 years later I would be performing improv, teaching improv and directing improv on a weekly bases.
But let me be frank, I really had no intention of becoming a performing Jester and was shocked when Jef asked me to be an understudy. I loved the classes and had already planned on continuing to take them. I looked forward to them every week. I was learning a new skill that gave me confidence and was invigorating. I became friends with the people that I took the classes with and am still in contact with some of them today.
I wanted to share this because I think there are so many people who think that our improv classes are only for people that “want” to be Jester’Z or people that are the “theatre type”… when that is not at all the case. IN FACT, I would venture to say that the people that enjoy our classes the most are not theatre type or people that want to become JesterZ. I believe that was the case with me.
So, if you are sitting on the fence about whether to take Jester’Z classes or not… feel free to shoot me an email (preston(at)jesterzimprov.com) with any questions, I would be more then happen to answer them, but mostly, don’t let this time pass you by, it took me 2 years to get up the courage to take a Jester’Z class, and I wish I would have sooner.