In the technical since, improv is a live theater style where everything presented is made up on the spot. There are often inspirations for the things seen, sometimes in the form of an audience suggestion.
There are many different styles of improv, although the two most common seen in comedy-based improv are divided into short form and long form. No matter which form you see, you are witnessing something that will only live in that moment, never to be performed again.
Improv can take on a number of purposes in addition to humor. It can be used to educate, provoke, and inspire. In some cases, all of the above can happen in one short scene. Which shows will feature that? We don't know. We're making it up. We're often as surprised by the outcome as you are.
Either form requires improvisers to develop a specific set of skills. Most improvisers go through an endless cycle of classes and workshops to advance their understanding of the art. But what in the world are they practicing? They learn how to trust their instincts, think on their feet, work cooperatively in a group, and put their fear aside. Yes, improv can be scary work!
But most improvisers stick with improv for the love of the freedom and creativity it brings. It isn't uncommon for individuals to use improv as a healing tool. The larger improv community is filled with beautiful people who are dedicated to improving the craft by improving themselves. The ability to "play" improv with other individuals is truly a gift.
We at Indy Improv Collaborative want nothing more than to share the improv experience with you, either by performing on a stage or by helping you take the first steps in your own improv journey.