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As yet another amazing year of laughter, joy and personal development comes to a close, it’s a great time to share some of the highlights of the past 12 months along with some of what we can all look forward to in the year ahead.

But first, I’d like to personally share a heartfelt thank you to our amazing Teachers, TA’s, and support team in Sydney and Melbourne. You are the heart of our community.

And to all our students and alumni, you are the lifeblood of our community. We love you and thank you for choosing to be a part of it.

Highlights of 2019 include:

  • Happy Ferraren taking over as AD. Four out of five Dentists agree she has helped put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces this year.
  • The inaugural Australian Improv Festival and sold-out shows at the Seymour Centre.
  • Pre-launching our Parramatta location – we love Westies!

Things to look forward to in 2020

  • FINALLY kicking off Sketch-a-thon. Sign up here, now.
  • Our young people’s program. We get asked about improv classes for kids all the time. We wanted to take our time and get this right, and with the help of Carolyn Mullen who will be heading our program in 2020, we think we have. Our offering will be truly unique, leveraging learnings from our improv theatre training as well as our corporate training programs to deliver a unique program that will not only give young people more exposure to improv as a dramatic art form, but also set them up with the life skills future generations will need to help create meaningful change in the world. We think of it as an investment in all our futures, and we can’t wait to kick it off.
  • Australian Improv Festival #2. Last year will be pretty tough to beat, but we’re game to try. If you’re interested in teaching or performing, you can apply now.
  • Parramatta launch. We’ve been running packed out intro classes out West for a while now and will be kicking off regular term classes in Term 2, 2020. Sign up for updates here.
  • Teaching improv in jails. This has been a long-time goal of mine and after 8 years we finally broke into prison. As a firm believer in the power of improv to improve people’s lives, I’m thrilled LMA can make a meaningful impact in this manner. But please don’t commit crimes just to attend. Our regular term classes offer lots more creative – and literal – freedom.
  • More shows, more jams, more workshops, more fun and more laughs

Every year we review our goals and objectives and make sure we’re clear on our mission and on track. In the spirit of full transparency, I thought I’d share the notes from our recent review.

These points are by no means comprehensive, but they will give you an indication of where and how we will be focusing our energy in 2020.

Our main objectives

  • Help people find and connect with their authentic selves.
  • Continue to create and grow a joyful community of comedy lovers.
  • Be known for greatness – great players, great initiatives, great festival, great shows, great teaching, great launchpad for talent. Greatness.
  • For more, read our “why.”

Our community looks like…

  • People self-initiating time together to play, perform, and produce. And just hang out.
  • Supportive in real life and on social – active on social.
  • LMA pride – people sharing the love on LMA t-shirts, on LinkedIn, by telling friends, writing reviews, and getting tattoos. Please do not get an LMA tattoo, but if you do, we’ll give you free entry to shows for life.
  • International teachers sharing their expertise.

LMA offers…

  • Well rounded training that enables people able to play well anywhere, with anyone.
  • Deep and meaningful personal development. Positive change as a byproduct of play.
  • Diversity – everyone is welcome.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading. Now, go back to making your New Year’s Eve plans.

We can’t wait to play with you again in 2020.

– ET

Author: - LMA

State of Play 2019 The Home of Improv and Sketch Comedy in Australia

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