If you suffer from anxiety, have you ever considered improv for treatment?
Railway City Improv in St. Thomas is launching a new program to help kids and teens in social interactions.
“My two daughters were struggling with anxiety and depression. I was looking for anyway I could help them,” said Bryan Bakker, owner of Railway City Improv.
“Getting them involved in improv was the best thing I ever could have done. Not only did they love it, but both of them were far happier than ever before,” he said.
From there, Bakker decided to look into the science of improv and the effects it has on the mind.
“I found depression and anxiety in teens and kids is only growing. At that point, I saw an opportunity brewing for Railway City,” said Bakker.
The new program gathers instructors from other improv groups in the London area, like Shut The Front Door Improv.
“These classes aren’t just fun, but will help them get out of their comfort zones along the way,” said Bakker.
Along with classes, improv shows will be put on in the studio for audiences to watch.
“In improv, we all have each others backs when we are on stage. The fear of messing up isn’t there, because it’s all open for anyone to jump in and play off each other,” Bakker said.
Classes will begin on February 21st. If you are interested in signing up, you can visit railwaycityimprov.ca.