Improvisational workshops to focus on “exercising the creative muscles”
By Alyssa Schnugg
Learning to think and improvise on the fly is a skill that can benefit anyone, according to David James Hamilton with Anubis Improv.
Hamilton partners with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council to bring improv workshops to Lafayette County designed to unleash the creative energy of participants. Improvisation can help boost confidence and improve public speaking skills and it’s just a lot of fun.
“These workshops are for anyone who wants to add a little joy to their life,” Hamilton said.
The workshops will start at the end of September and will consist of four levels, with each level workshop being 8 weeks in duration.
“You don’t need any previous improv experience,” Hamilton said. “You don’t even have to be funny. You don’t need to be an interpreter. Improving is not about telling jokes. It’s about paying attention and working with others.
After a career in music and tour management, Hamilton began taking improv lessons in 2013 at a theater in his hometown of New Orleans.
“I just fell in love with it,” he said.
A year later, he was teaching improvisation. From 2014 to 2018, he was co-director of the conservatory and director of the business workshop of the same theater in New Orleans. He created a program focused on building creativity and relationships for actors and businesses and founded his company, Anubis Improv.
He and his wife, Maggie White – originally from Oxford – are moving to Oxford this fall.
“Training in improvisational comedy can help us get back to working those creative ‘muscles’ leading to more confident social interactions, stronger professional and personal relationships, and a steady outlet for joy in our lives,” Hamilton said.
Each 8-week workshop costs $235 for YAC members or $250 for non-members. The workshops will be held at the Lafayette County Multipurpose Arena on FD Buddy East Parkway.
To see the full class schedule, visit www.oxfordarts.com.
For more information on Anubis Improv, visit https://anubisimprov.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @anubisimprov.