Recently I got a letter from an improv student of mine:
“I can't tell you the impact that this class is having on me even in such a short amount of time. I was moved to tears after class last night as I let the beauty of the experience sink in.
Your focus on helping us build deeper connection and trust with each other has been so meaningful and powerful for me. For so much of my life I have felt drained by the surface-level connections that most others in my world have maintained. I've also experienced much difficulty with connections, as I've lived through a great deal of transitions, challenges, loss, and growth . . .
I greatly appreciate your sensitive and reflective teaching and coaching approaches. Your passion for this beautiful art form is so evident, and I'm deeply grateful to be a part of this class . . .
It has taken me decades of releasing tons of physical tension to feel comfortable in my body, and similarly releasing my previously self-loathing inner critic to feel worthy and comfortable in my soul. For years I would stand on a stage to sing, stiff as a board, feeling trapped in my body's tension, feeling so alone, and unable to see an audience as anything but cruel judges waiting to pounce.
But in just these two weeks, being able to be up on a stage again with such a focus of presence and connection to another person, no longer feeling alone, and also sharing in such supportive community has moved me so deeply. I didn't experience this depth of connection in my last improv class and haven't in my choir, even though I enjoy those groups. We just don't really know each other and haven't spent time connecting even energetically in such ways. So this class has really been powerful for me.
I wanted to share this with you because I know how much it can matter when we humans know we're making a difference in someone's life. We may never know the full extent of our legacies, but, just as in improv, it sure is affirming when others reciprocate, accept, and add to our life's offerings.
Thank you for sharing yourself and your work. What you're doing and how you're doing it really matters. I look forward to continuing.”