KidScape Productions: Blending Improv, Role Play, Social Emotional Learning and Emotional Intelligence
KidScape Productions has become known for their improv, role play, and acting applications that help participants ages 3-17 with confidence in presentation skills, emotional development and awareness, conflict resolution and more. Offering before, during, after school workshops as well as assemblies and camps over school breaks.
If you are 18 and older, please see: www.TeamBuildingOnPurpose.com for information on student workshops, teacher training’s and faculty support.
When done correctly, improv and role play outcomes with school-aged kids and teens can be pivotal to their journey through education and beyond. See 2005 studies at: https://kidscapeproductions.com/why-acting-improvisation-and-the-performing-arts-matter/.
Is there a connection between improv and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) or Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?
YES! The skill sets associated with SEL and EQ are integral to the philosophy, culture and practice of role play and improvisation. For example: a proper improv foundation lies in agreement and being able to successfully show whatever emotional responses we have within the improvised action. During improv game play, these actions and reactions must be channeled into the agreements or boundaries that have been set up. This is very similar to the core of SEL and EQ where one must be aware of one’s own emotions and ability to self-regulate those emotions. The similarities and supporting applications are countless. Improv and role play, SEL and EQ require:
*Looking at a whole person and/or situation, managing emotions, conflict/resolution, decision making, and follow up with both verbal and nonverbal actions and responses.
* Sharing and processing information that poses a “challenge” or offers participants to step out of their comfort zones with an interpersonal and/or intrapersonal approach. The common through line (aka: spine or foundation) in each application is navigation of all emotions and available responses that reduce the sense of “threat” while still being mindful of the seriousness of a situation.
*When done properly and in line with current, successful educational platforms the result is joy in learning, greater respect, stronger connections, collaborative and engaged learning, children and adults working together, self-awareness, compassion and empathy.
* As new strategies are put in place in school districts, KidScape Productions and Team Building On Purpose will be working diligently to create, offer, and implement applications that enhance this journey in education.
As students realize their options at managing emotions, they are better equipped to address stress in testing, debate and confrontational situations. Our methodology requires students to kinesthetically demonstrate their comprehension through performance. – c.frank-daniels (2016)
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