YMCA Introduces Adult Improv Classes

A new workshop series at the North Suburban YMCA will help participants develop those skills, using improv exercises to build confidence and spontaneity.

The North Suburban YMCA is introducing a new Adult Life and Learning Department to host six sessions of improv classes for adults, in partnership with Mastermind Connections, a Deerfield-based professional networking organization.

The workshops will be led by Amanda Rountree, an actress, director and improv coach who teaches at Lifeline Theatre and the Second City Training Center.

According to Mastermind CEO Chad Coe, “These improv workshops bring people together for an experience that can be really fun and empowering. It’s not about theatre; it’s a positive way of approaching life.”

Howard Schultz, CEO/Executive Director of the Y, sees a clear connection between the workshop’s philosophy and the Y’s central purpose.

“The Y exists to promote healthy living and healthy communities,” Schultz sad. “The skills taught in the improv class will help participants feel positive about their interactions with others.”

Mastermind Connections follows right on the footsteps of Terry Luc’s art show opening Jan. 17 in the Y’s new Community Art Gallery, another Adult Life and Learning Department program, that will run through mid February.

Mastermind Connection Classes will be offered six times in the winter and spring, beginning January 24, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Participants can sign up for one or more sessions, with reduced rates for multiple classes.

Enrollment will be limited to 15 people per session. All classes will be held at the North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road in Northbrook. For fee and registration information, contact Chad Coe at chad@mastermindconnections.com or (847) 444-9444.

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