FROM OUR COLLABORATORS:

PLAY! (PARTICIPATORY LEARNING AND YOU!)

Laughter for a Change’s improv theater games workshops have more than fulfilled our expectations. The young people who participated have learned and practiced lessons in teamwork, leadership, problem solving, collaboration, communication – skills that are essential for effective learning in the 21st Century.”

Erin Reilly
Managing Director
USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

KYCC MIDDLE SCHOOL IMPROV JAM

Since incorporating the L4C workshops into our program, the positive changes I have seen in our youth have been remarkable. We have seen a notable increase in students’ self-confidence, ability to listen to and follow instructions, communicate with others, and work together as a team.”

Vicki Chung
Lead Middle School Instructor
Koreatown Youth and Community Center


THE FUNNY CLASS

I can’t begin to tell you how amazing your class was last week.  It may just be another day of teaching improv for you, but for us, it was very magical. Every time I step in a commons area, I’m assaulted with ‘Yo, when we doing that funny class again.’  Anything we can do to further this program, I will jump at.”

Dan McCollister
Activities Coordinator
Pacific Lodge Youth Services


SPRING CHICKENS IMPROV

Each and every time the Spring Chickens perform for us our residents fill the activity room in anticipation of seeing their favorite group. The Chickens make my residents LAUGH! Their kindness, silliness, attentiveness to our seniors and their truly caring hearts are qualities that the Spring Chickens possess to the fullest.”

Corinne Zelada
Activity and Volunteer Coordinator
Sunrise Senior Living
West Hills, CA


BETTER HEALTH THROUGH LAUGHTER

Through the improv class, veterans who had previously struggled with the isolation that can accompany the gamut of serious medical and psychiatric diagnoses, have now found a time and place to  ‘lighten up’ and express their strengths as individuals. I have seen the transformative effect upon each veteran involved. (They) now employ humor as an essential tool, both in improved communication and in the sheer joy of allowing a place for laughter in their lives.”

Carl Najman
Social Work Assistant
West Los Angeles VA Medical Center


PERFORMING HISTORY

I have been a fifth grade teacher for twelve years, yet have never experienced a vehicle to convey the concepts of American History in such a comprehensive way. ‘Miracle in Philadelphia’ is filled with drama, comedy, strong convictions, sensitivity, and of course song and dance. Every one was ecstatic over this production. Each child felt like a star.”

Linda Wessler
Fifth Grade Teacher
Community Magnet Charter School


COMEDY IN RWANDA

(Ed Greenberg) brought to Rwanda a vast knowledge of what it takes to create comedy and comedy cinema. His wisdom, sense of humor and personality gave our students a feeling that they could do it! From the first day, Ed was more than a teacher and mentor. He became a friend to all of us.”

Eric Kabera
Chairman and Founder
Rwanda Cinema Center and Kwetu Film Institute

The work your group has done has been restorative and liberating. This experience has reaffirmed for me the conviction that theater is a powerful instrument for human development.

Jerome Nillsen
Director of Residential Programs
Ascencia: Lifting People Out of Homelessness

 

FOR OUR FOUNDER:

Ed Greenberg comes from a tradition of improvisational acting practiced by my mother, Viola Spolin, myself, and many of the players that we trained at The Second City, The Committee and through Story Theater. Ed continues that tradition through his own teaching and directing, adding to it his own experience and understanding of the work.”

Paul Sills
Founding Director, Second City

Del Close & Ed Greenberg

Greenberg’s instinct for the work is in-(expletive deleted)-credible!”

Del Close
Improvisational Theater Visionary and Icon