IL: Community Invited to Improv Night
April 23, 2010
by Office of Communications
It's been said that laughter is the best medicine, and a group of Midwestern University students are finding out just how true that statement can be. Students studying clinical psychology and physical therapy on the Downers Grove Campus also learn improvisational theater techniques in order to make them better healthcare professionals upon graduation.
The improv exercises help students learn useful communication techniques. "We are not training students to be theater people. We are training them to be better clinicians by making them better listeners, teaching them how to be in the moment, and helping them tune into the nonverbal aspects of a conversation," said Dr. Ney, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Medicine.
As a culmination of their improv studies, the students perform in an annual show. Community members can see the students in action at the Dr. Ney's Improv Intramurals on Friday, May 7, 2010 on the Downers Grove Campus at 555 31st Ave. Doors open for this free event at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. A silent auction and free-will donation will benefit the charitable organizations Autism Speaks and the Disabled American Veterans Service Trust. A portion of the proceeds will also be used for students to continue their improv training at a summer workshop sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin.