On Thursday, January 31st, members of The Second City touring company and training center in Chicago
descended upon Louisville to deliver a hilarious live performance and
interact with the community, leading multiple workshops in team
building, character building, and communication skills, based on the
tenets of improvisation.
They began by visiting the new Leadership Louisville
offices to lead a workshop with the 18 members of the Leadership
Louisville staff and board for their annual staff development day. The
group used creative thinking and non-verbal communication in
improvisation games to navigate challenges presented by the facilitators
and learn useful skills in working as a group.
That afternoon, writer and teacher Nick Johne and cast member Sarah Dell’Amico visited Dreams With Wings, a partner organization of the Kentucky Performing Arts ArtsReach program,
and led a workshop for seven teens with down-syndrome and on the autism
spectrum focused on team building, exploring different relationships
and social cues.
That evening, company members Asia Martin and Sarah Dell’Amico worked with 18 veterans and civilians who participate in both Kentucky Performing Arts ArtsThrive
Warrior’s Heart Community and ArtsThrive programs at the VA. The workshop
aimed to expand the capacity for cooperation, build openness to new
ideas through active listening, and raise participants' confidence in
On Friday morning, Jeff Poole, program head of The Second City kids
and teens workshops, and company member Terrence Carey met with 17 Jefferson County Technical College (JCTC)
faculty and administrative staff from all campuses in a professional
development workshop focused on team building and interactive games to
introduce with students in the classroom. This was the second annual
improv workshop between The Second City and JCTC administered by Kentucky Performing Arts.