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Wednesday, August 7 • 1:30pm - 8:00pm
Learning Journey: Community Building, Playing Across Boundaries, and Improvising on Stage and Off

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PART 1: Spend the afternoon improvising, performing and growing at the National Headquarters of the All Stars Project on 42nd Street — a center for performance, youth development, and activism. This unique community-based, privately-funded nonprofit transforms the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. Along with AIN members, this Learning Journey will include All Stars program staff and community organizers, youth participants, adult students, teachers, performers, and volunteers. After a tour and an interactive panel of All Stars constituents, participants will have a chance to experience some of the creative, improvisational activities and programs of the All Stars, including its unique grassroots fundraising model by joining a community outreach Street Performance on 42nd Street! Playing Across Boundaries, a group improv game share, will happen concurrently.
Part 2: NYC is filled with talented improv comedians – all with a story and a life offstage! We can learn from other improvisers, especially those performing many shows per week, about how they’re living and sharing the improv principles even if they aren’t teaching or focusing on applied improv training specifically. And so for our second part of Community Building, Playing Across Boundaries, and Improvising on Stage and Off, improv comedians from the UCB, The Pit, The Magnet, and elsewhere will come together for an improv jam, and afterwards participate on a panel/roundtable discussion with audience members to talk together about  how they/we are applying improv philosophy in our lives offstage.


Mary Lemmer

Mary Lemmer is an entrepreneur, improv comedian, and the founder of Improv4, leadership trainings applying improv comedy to training leadership skills, team effectiveness, and communication. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Minor in Environmental Science, a... Read More →


Gloria B. Strickland

Gloria B. Strickland has a forty-year record of commitment, innovative leadership and service to youth growing up in poor communities. She is currently VP of Youth & Community Development for the All Stars Project, Inc., providing coaching and training to All Stars youth program team members across the country. For the past twenty years she has led the All Stars Project of New Jersey’s Afterschool Development programs and initiatives in Newark and surrounding communities reaching 2,000 poor... Read More →

John Rankin, III

John Rankin, III is the Associate Managing Director and primary producer for the award-winning, Off-Broadway, political theatre, Castillo Theatre. He began volunteering with Castillo in 2009 after appearing in Heiner Müller’s The Task. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School... Read More →

Marian Rich

Marian Rich is a comic educator and improvisational performer. Trained as an actress, improviser and theatrical director, Marian has spent over 30 years building innovative and playful educational environments where people from all walks of life come together to grow and develop... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2019 1:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
Manhattan, NY