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Improv at the DAC

Sixth-graders in Jacob Hauser’s theater class are learning all about what happens when creativity and spontaneity take the stage. Spread out at different points in the DAC Black Box, the students participated in an activity called, “Yes, And,” in which students make quick statements, one after the other. Each statement has to build on the previous statement but not repeat that statement, said Hauser. “It helps students to feel comfortable with spontaneity and takes the pressure off being on the spot,” said Hauser. “We like to start with a basic, boring statement like, ‘I am going to bake cookies’ and watch as the statement escalates into something bizarre and amazing like, ‘My pet squirrel is going to take a submarine to the ocean for a playdate with his whale friend.’”