Self-Confidence • Cooperation • Focus • Listening • Memory Recall • Trust • Communication • Creative Problem Solving • Spontaneity • Support of Others • Divergent Thinking • Quick Thinking • Sound Judgment • Vision
Once students begin to feel comfortable expressing themselves in a safe environment, through fun games and exercises, amazing and unexpected results begin to take place. With Developmental Improvisation it will be easy to see the positive growth as each unique personality begins to emerge as they feel more confident. Students express themselves with their new found self-acceptance and confidence.
Linda has a gift for bringing out the joyful imagination in each student. This is so important in preparing them for whatever their future has in store. Shyness, negative self-judgement and social, emotional anxiety begin to fade away. They're replaced by inspiration, motivation, confidence and self-efficacy.
You never know exactly where an improv game might lead you... that's the fun! Each student contributes to play a part in the storyline. The storyline, unfolds in unexpected ways that they have to bring to an acceptable conclusion. Using collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking, the students learn how to be part of the solution.
Linda gets right in with her students to bring out their best. They prioritize class attendance of their own volition and stay in touch years afterward .
Many students include Linda in celebrating special life events as part of their family.
Classes are well loved by all of Linda's students. They enjoy learning more about themselves and their core values with each class. When they do leave, it‘s with excitement and prepared for whatever challenges and possibilities their future may have in store for them.
“Linda has introduced her young thespians to a wide variety of exciting opportunities – meeting professional performers, organizing out-of-town performances, staging numerous gigs throughout Southern California and doing so with a loving, patient, enthusiastic, supportive and amazingly indefatigable spirit…We are fortunate that our son has learned so much about his passion and he too is very appreciative of Linda’s guidance, wisdom and support.”
“Since knowing Linda, I have witnessed a tireless dedication to her improvisation work with children. I greatly admire and support the work she is doing…It is my belief that all children should have the opportunity to be involved in the performing arts. Most of us who are in this profession are here because someone inspired us in our youth.”
“Linda has helped my daughter become a much more rounded person and has given her more confidence to perform in front of audiences to her fullest ability. She has become a great performer with the help of Linda Fulton and Total Improv Kids.”
My teenage son has been rehearsing and performing with Total Improv Kids for several months. He is a special needs child with mild autism, learning disabilities and accompanying emotional issues. Total Improv Kids has provided a fertile outlet for his hyperactivity and overflowing imagination. Within Total Improv Kids’ gentle structure, he can be himself in a way that is not only appreciated, but applauded by others. His social skills have blossomed because of the friendships and encouragement he has received from others in the group. When I see his sparkling eyes and delighted smile, his new focus and purpose, I can hardly believe he is the kid he used to be.”
Seeing the changes in my daughter throughout her years in Total Improv Kids with Linda made me a believer in the power of improv. Initially, my daughter signed up for classes to hone her acting skills, but as I observed, I realized that the benefits went way beyond acting skills, as many priceless life skills were developed as well. I noticed improvements in areas such as social confidence, thinking on one’s feet, commanding an audience, and being present in the moment during interactions. As a neuropsychologist, I appreciate improv as an effective tool for enhancing cognitive/emotional abilities and realizing brain potential. I wish to commend Linda on all she has done (and continues to do) for the field of improv. Her passion for helping others through improv is apparent in her thoughtful teaching approach. I marvel at how she has profoundly touched the lives of others as she builds her legacy. Total Improv Kids certainly made a huge impact on my daughter. In turn, the life skills my daughter learned through improv have served as a catalyst for her to help others. Amazing work, Linda!"
“Linda Fulton and Total Improv Kids have been working with our Adaptive Recreation program for the past year. We are excited about the progress that we are seeing in the participants with disabilities who are members of our ongoing recreation program. The participants are enthusiastic and enjoy the variety of games offered though Linda Fulton and her staff. Participants who were normally very shy and withdrawn are joining the group activities for the first time…”