Issues and Improv
Looking for fun, funny, and thoughtful way to get students discussing and debating ideas and issues?
The Theater of Public Policy brings hard, thinky issues and debates to life through unscripted comedy theater. We're going to campuses across the country this year. How about yours?
We can work with you to help create a unique forum on a tricky topic that'll help people understand each other across ideological lines. Or run a workshop that trains people in listening and civil discourse through improv.
Travel and most other costs associated with a visit are covered by a grant. Local hosts only need to provide lodging for the cast, book the performance space, publicize the event on campus, and assist PKD with collecting audience reactions to the performance. Contact us here!
Our Flagship show can facilitate more successful public talks on controversial or challenging subjects. These shows start with an on-stage interview with an expert or panel on a particular issue. Then, the cast of T2P2 re-imagines the topic through unscripted comedy.
The interview element and the promise of an improvised interpretation is an unconventional format that opens audiences up to hearing from people with whom they might otherwise just ignore or be hostile towards. We've succsesfully used this format to facilitate respectful and thought-provoking talks by speakers on issues like 2nd amendment rights for people of color, free-market energy and education policies, and challenges to modern feminism.
An audience of students and faculty will gather around tables to talk among themselves about big questions. We will work with you to plan these prompts, whether they're, "What is most important to you about your education or what is one thing you wish were different about the school, etc?"
As the groups discuss theses questions, our cast of performers will fan out and embed thesmelves at different tables where they'll absorb and collect stories. Then, we'll take the stage, bringing all the ideas and anecdotes to life. The performance reflects back the real conversations for a highly democratic and entertaining community conversation.
Student Debate Shows
We are adept at taking varied and sometimes opposing points of view and bringing them to life on stage. For college campuses with an active speech and debate program, T2P2 can host an events where students formally debate a proposed motion. What's different is that each team will have a small cast of improvisers allied with them.
After the formal verbal debate, the cast of improvisers will illustrate the ideas presented and argue through unscripted theater. The promise of improv will bring new audiences to a formal debate.
Speech and Debate Team Workshops
Improv trains you to think on your feet, grapple with loads of incoming information, and communicate complex ideas to an audience. T2P2 has led workshops previously for college speech and debate teams and intends to bring it more broadly to colleges this year.
These workshops lead speech and debate students through exercises that we use in rehearsals to hone our skills as improvisers. After each exercise, we'll deconstruct the skill to show how they are valuable for those practicing speech and debate.
TANE DANGER (Host/Co-Founder) email@example.com 954.304.5935
BRANDON BOAT (Performer/Co-Founder) firstname.lastname@example.org 641.629.0272
JOSHUA WILL (Project Manager) email@example.com 612.309.4889
PHIL VOIGHT (PKD) firstname.lastname@example.org 651.492.8449