We are proud to be partnered with Parkinson Canada to offer a variety of improv courses geared towards students with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and Parkinson's-like conditions. Our mission is to give every person with Parkinson's the chance to try improv.
With a smattering of fun games and exercises, our virtual Improv for Parkinson's classes use improv themes such as presence, celebrating mistakes, and teamwork and apply them to life with PD.
For students with PD who have gone through our first 2 courses, we have the Parkinson's Performance Troupe! The troupe is now in its 9th season! This troupe is designed for those with some experience in improv who want to hone their skills and perform shows for the public.
These series are currently delivered over Zoom.
For any questions or to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This 6-week course is designed to introduce students with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to the foundations of improvisation and apply improv skills to life with PD.
We encourage family members and care partners to attend with participants.
Sponsored by Parkinson Canada.
This 6-week course is for students with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who have taken the Level 1 class or have equivalent improv experience.
Those with previous improv experience are invited to join the PD Performance Troupe to focus on applying the foundations of improv for performance.
"It's a great thing to let your imagination take over."
"The most enjoyable and helpful thing about this course was entering into chambers of our being that haven't been open for a while and shaking the dust off."
"After each session, I hug my partner."
"On January 25,  Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) hosted a panel discussion with Dr. Jonathan Squires (movement disorder specialist), Dan Dumsha (Tightrope Theatre’s Director of Improv for Work and Wellness), and Peter Jarvis (Tightrope Theatre's Improv for PD faculty and Parkinson’s performance troupe member), that aims to broaden our understanding of the important role improvisation (improv) can play in managing Parkinson’s. The discussion will include an explanation about improv, how it can benefit those with Parkinson’s, and what to expect from engagement in an improv program."
Broadway's Best for Parkinson's: Using Theatre +Improv Skills for Managing PD
They say, "All the world's a stage” and this episode will explore how theater and improvisation can be helpful tools in managing PD.
Catch Dan and Rosemary speaking about Tightrope's Improv for Parkinson's Program in this episode of Broadway's Best for Parkinson's!
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