At Railway City Improv we use Improv comedy lessons to help with depression and anxiety. There is never any pressure to perform in front of audiences. That said we can help you explore performance as a career. Many who have taken improv have said it's better than toastmasters and gone on to pursue careers in public speaking, acting, music or comedy. Believe it or not - they were not so different from you.
The data shows that social anxiety disorder is running rampant in teens. Many are simply choosing to "play it safe" and stay in, meaning they are not building their social acuity and making new friends.
Science is telling us that social media is having the opposite effect on teens than we hoped. More than ever teens are stressed, lonely, depressed, even suicidal and it's getting worse.
Studies show an alarming trend in teens' attitude toward their cell phones, mimicking the addictive response found in addicts of all kinds. The fear of growing older leads many to seek faster escape and more and more they need help with depression and anxiety. That's where improv comedy lessons come in.
It seems counter-intuitive but it works. Improv comedy lessons have been shown to help anyone with chronic anxiety, loneliness, even depression - sometimes dramatically. Improv is structured play, and forces your brain to stay in the moment.
It's about trust and connection in an atmosphere of acceptance, laughing and playing.
It really works.
More and more studies show that smartphones have dramatically changed the way our kids grow up and behave. There will always be great reasons for teens to have phones and no one can turn back the clock, but the data is clear, the parallel rise of a smartphone in every teen’s hand and social media has led to higher levels of teens needing help with depression and anxiety.
To make things worse this lack of face to face interaction has been shown to seriously compromise social skills, leading to social anxiety disorder and insecurities that could handicap any young adult going into a job interview or needing to stand up for themselves in a face to face situation.
Improv comedy lessons are an increasingly popular response to these serious issues. Hilarious improv workshops feel like play and silly games, but they’re not. They’re fun, but they’re buttressed by cognitive behavioral science specifically designed to bring anyone out of their shell.
At Railway City Improv we’ll help the teens you love build social skills in a judgement free, self-confidence boosting environment where they will make friends as they’re encouraged to be themselves. Give your teens a leg up in social situations and the tools they need to succeed and thrive in uncertain times.
We offer one day workshops as well as summer camps and six week programs. Each class is comprised of eight students, two volunteer helpers (within the same age range) and one or two instructors. Our instructors are active Improv Entertainers from Shut The Front Door Improv in London, Ontario. They have a police check and are all around genuine, fun and amazing people.