Upcoming Improv Workshops and Library Program Dates


The Saratoga Springs Public Library Teen Improv Boot Camp workshops will take place on Monday, July 14, Tuesday, July 15th, Wednesday July 16th, and Tuesday, July 22nd from 6 to 7 p.m.   The rehearsal will be at 5:30 p.m., then the show (open to the public) will take place immediately after the rehearsal at 6:30 p.m.  on Wednesday, July 23rd.  Sign up at the teen room of the library, or see http://www.sspl.org/teens/.  Both workshop and show are free.

You can create your own workshop simply by gathering four people (minimum), any age-any gender, in a location of your choosing for “Create Your Own Improv Night.”  Fee: only $15.00 per person.  It’s a two hour workshop/laugh riot and a great way to liven up a dull winter evening.  It doesn’t even have to take place at night!  Call Terrie 518-956-3901 to arrange.


Saratoga Springs Public Library, Teen Improv Boot Camp Showcase, took place  Wednesday, January 29 @ 6:30 p.m.

Photo of the January 2014 group.

A terrific show

A terrific show











The library printed posters for the improv performers.  After the show they autographed their names on the poster.

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Stars for a night!










Saratoga Springs Public Library, “Teen Improv Boot Camp Showcase,” took place -Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6:30 p.m.  Photo from the show below.

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2012 Bethlehem Public Library (Delmar) “Introduction to Improv,” Monday, July 16, (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) Call 439-9314, ext. 3034 (Tori) to register. Free



2012-Guilderland Public Library, “Improv Basics,” Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, July 30, 31, Aug. 1, (3-5 p.m.) Last 30 minutes of workshop is a show, Call 456-2400 to register or email teen@guilpl.org Free


2012-Wm. K Sanford Public Library (Colonie), “Improv Basics,” Thursdays, July 19, 26, Aug. 2, (5-7 p.m.) Last 30 minutes of workshop is a show open to the public. Call 458-9274 to register. Workshop and show are free.

2012-Canajoharie Public Library, “Introduction to Improv,” (culmination of Summer Reading Program), Wednesday, August 22.  Contact Leah Lafera.

2013-Burnt Hills | Ballston Lake Public Library:  Introduction to Improv, June 27th, Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.   Nine attendees.



Improv for Adults and Business Professionals!

Improvisation makes you a more confident speaker, presenter, salesperson, facilitator, and communicator.  You’ll not only get comfortable thinking on your feet, you’ll laugh!  Maybe you’ll even be ready for “Second City” or be the newest comedic star.  What you’ll get:   Increased self-esteem and confidence, greater listening skills, emotional intelligence and brainstorming capabilities.  What you’ll lose:  Insecurities and stress.  Register today!

Instructor Terrie Gifford,     (formally trained in improv) performed in a semi-professional troupe and     now conducts workshops throughout the Capital District. She belongs to the     National Speakers Association and is a Distinguished Toastmaster having     completed all public speaking/leadership requirements for Toastmasters International.

Spring 2013-Classes starting Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Manfred Learning Center, 920 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, 12110.    8 Classes-all Tuesdays, Performance May 7th.   Fee $99.     Photos from workshop and show below.  Scroll down for Fall 2013.

Evaluation from Adult Improv Workshop:  How did you personally benefit from this workshop?  I had fun at something I liked, that I felt intuitively drawn to, for the first time in a long time. People have told me from time to time that I’m funny, but I never connected to it until improv.  Ravani Leffler

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Two New Adult Improv Workshops for Fall 2013

For both workshops:

The practice of improvisation makes you more poised and self-assured as a speaker, presenter, salesperson, facilitator, team member, litigator and communicator. You’ll not only get comfortable thinking on your feet, you’ll laugh, meet new people and re-energize!   What you’ll get: Increased self-esteem and confidence, greater listening skills, emotional intelligence, brainstorming capabilities and social graces. What you’ll lose: Insecurities and stress.   Register today!!!

Call 518-956-3901         or email:  YouCanDoImprov@gmail.com

Here’s a quote from someone who knows the benefits of improv:  Lakshmi Balachandra teaches Improvisational Leadership at MIT Sloan School of Management and is a guest lecturer for advanced negotiation students at Harvard Business School.  “Improv teaches you how to think on your feet and how to react and adapt very quickly to unexpected events and things you may not have planned for,” Balachandra told CNN.  “It applies to leadership and it applies to negotiation, where you never have control over what happens,” she said. “Negotiation is a dynamic process — you have to be able to think on your feet and adapt.”

Robert Kulhan, adjunct assistant professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, says this about improv:  Improv is about being focused and present in the moment at a very high level.  As well as teaching people to react and adapt, he said improvisation can teach creativity, innovation, communication, teamwork and leadership.  


Instructor:  After formal training in improv and performing in a semi-professional troupe, Terrie Gifford, BA Ed, NSA, DTM, combined a teaching background with a love of improv and began providing workshops for youth, teens and adults around the Capital District. Terrie is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest level of public speaking and leadership expertise within Toastmasters International and holds professional status with the National Speakers Association. For further information: www.terriegifford.net


Saratoga Springs Public Library

Improv is short for improvisation, but long on building “thinking on your feet” and presentation skills. If you are nervous about getting up in front of people, this workshop will help give you the confidence you need. Through activities and games you’ll laugh, challenge yourself and exercise your brain! After this workshop you may be ready for “Second City” or “Whose Line is it Anyway?!”

For Summer 2013:  All summer improv workshops have been

completed.  Scroll to top for SSPL Teen Improv Bootcamp January 2014

Saratoga Springs Public Library:  SSPL Teen Improv Bootcamp July 2013  You MUST attend the first workshop and all others to be in the show.  Thank you.

Workshops:  Monday, July 22, 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 24th, 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, July 29, 5 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 30th, 5 to 6 p.m.,   Show Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Rehearsal starts at 5:30 p.m. sharp.  Show is free and open to the public.  Workshop is free.  Use this link to sign up;  http://ny.evanced.info/sspl/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=6416        Library phone:  584-7860  or email Trevor at toakley@sals.edu

Here is a photo from the show on July 31st, 2013.

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Ballston Spa Public Library:  July 8th, Monday 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 1-3 p.m., July 11th, Thursday, 1-3 p.m.  Last 1/2 hour is a show open to parents and interested parties.  Show is free and workshop is free.  Call the library to register, 518-885-5022.  10 to 14 years (approximately)  See photo below from show

Ballston Spa Improv July 11 2013



Practicing improv can help you:

Increase confidence in front of a group

Polish up listening and speaking skills

Improve self-esteem and help you trust your instincts

Develop greater emotional intelligence

Enhance brainstorming capacity

Acquire more ease in social situations

Become a team player


Free Two-Hour Improv Workshop at Saratoga Public Library

A free improv workshop will be provided by Terrie Gifford, DTM, NSA, at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Glasby Room on Thursday evening, July 11th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Practicing improvisation   improves confidence, presentation skills and increases brain cell activity.  Improv is also being recognized as an important skill in the business world. Robert Kulhan, adjunct assistant professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, says, “Improv is about being focused and present in the moment at a very high level.”  As well as teaching people to react and adapt, he said improvisation can teach creativity, innovation, communication, teamwork and leadership.  Gifford has been a corporate team builder and improv workshop provider in the Capital District for the last seven years.  She is a Distinguished Toastmaster and member of the National Speakers Association.  All ages are welcome.  Register by calling 518-956-3901 or email:  YouCanDoImprov@gmail.com



Saratoga Springs Public Library, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19,26 (Workshop time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.) Rehearsal– Wed. March 27,  5:30 p.m. and Show (Open to the Public) 6:30 p.m. (Workshop and Show are free) email toakley@sals.edu to register

Photo from this show:

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