Our shows can be just for fun, or they can be themed to support your school's curriculum
We offer professional training for teachers and staff to bring the benefits of improv into your school
Our programs can extend throughout the day and are customized to your unique needs
Our workshops can take place in the classroom to teach students the power of improv
We visit your school to present at an assembly aligned with core educational values, including anti-bullying, character development, kindness, etc.
In-School Workshop and Performance
This is a two-day program. On the first day, we visit your school and work with a select group of students (usually an entire grade, approximately 75-100 children). On the second day, we present an interactive school-wide performance, including student volunteers in the show.
Small Group Workshop
We visit your school to work with one class of approximately 25-30 students. On the same day, we work with a smaller select group of children from the same class. This package does not include a performance.
Our Schenectady, NY theatre is the perfect venue for smaller groups. We can accommodate up to 25 students for a workshop followed by an interactive performance.
Our programs are entirely flexible and custom-designed for each visit. These are just a few of our offerings; we can mix and match to meet your needs. Rates vary based on the number of students and programming schedule.
It's Not Just For Laughs
(But it's definitely good for that too!)
Improv education helps students learn, improve, and retain skills critical to success in school and beyond.
We offer a wide variety of pre-built and customizable programs!
I consider Mopco’s residency an integral part of our theater education program. That’s why we do everything we can to make sure they come back every year. I’ve been fortunate to witness how transformative their work with our students is.
— Tim Dugan, Capital Region Theater Arts Teacher
Improv Techniques Have Been Shown To:
Help facilitate STEAM instruction
Build effective communication skills
Break down cultural barriers
Increase empathy and collaboration
Most importanly, they're just fun!
Mopco is an essential piece of my students’ success. These experiences have transformed the ordinary classroom into an extraordinary learning community.
— Grace NG, 6th grade teacher, Paige Elementary School
Students are often required to get up in front of the class – or sometimes an even larger audience – and present a report, give a speech, etc. Improv helps students overcome stage fright and fear of public speaking, handle mistakes and distractions, present themselves more naturally, hold an audience’s attention, and gain confidence in their abilities.
Emotional and Social Skills
Through improv, students learn to work collaboratively rather than competitively. That means delighting each other. Accepting each others’ ideas. Supporting each other. When students experience this kind of collaboration, they develop skills that combat bullying and strengthen tolerance, kindness, and other character development initiatives.
Focusing and Listening Skills
Improv can be very funny. But good improvisers don’t spend their time on stage coming up with clever lines. Instead, they focus and listen intently. Truly hearing what their partner is saying allows them to respond in a meaningful way. Through improv, students can learn to listen for understanding rather than listening for ammunition or planning what to say next.
Creative Risk-Taking Skills
Today’s students are tomorrow’s inventors and innovators. Improv helps them along the path to success by teaching them to celebrate failure – not failing grades or poor performance, but failure born from taking a creative risk. When students overcome their fear of failing in this way, they learn to develop and offer original ideas, collaborate more organically, and really grow as learners and future leaders.