Intro to Improv for Autism Spectrum: Welcome to the only improv class in Philadelphia tailored to individuals on the autism spectrum! Your instructor, Adam, is a psychologist with training and experience in improv theater. Right from the start, you will learn how to experience communication with like-minded peers by accepting offers (a “yes and…”attitude), how to turn social “mistakes” into humorous, rather than humiliating, moments. Classes will include simple scene work, character building and improv games. As a psychologist, Adam is particularly attuned to the individual sensory needs of the students and will design activities to help everyone participate at their most comfortable level. Meets once a week for six weeks.
Day: Saturday – meets in person
Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Make-up/Snow Date: Saturday 2/25 10:00am – 11:00am
Graduation Show Date/Time: Saturday 2/25 10:00am – 11:00am *
Class Location: Second Stage (This is an accessible space)
Theater Location: 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
* Will be re-scheduled to Saturday March 4 if a make-up date is required on February 25
INSTRUCTOR: Adam Taupin
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Dr. Taupin is a psychologist with a private practice in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. He works with adults with depression and anxiety, couples, and also with children and adults with diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum. After graduating with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2018, Adam developed an interest in infusing improv techniques into his work. He has come to understand that these techniques can empower individuals who may struggle with confidence in social settings. He has taken many classes at PHIT and has been performing Improv since 2013. He was a performing member of the independent improv team Space Horse, which performed in the Philadelphia area in 2015. He also led an improv-based workshop for psychologists focusing on self-care.