I’ve been getting this question a lot recently:
When is a good time to start coaching improv?
When people start asking you to coach.
If you want to start seeking out coaching gigs, I would advise that you can start coaching after you’ve been doing improv steadily for at least 2 to 3 years (ideally 3 years). Meaning, consistently in class and performing. If your goal is to become a coach, I would take a TON of notes in classes and rehearsals to see how your teachers/coaches are setting up rehearsal time and breaking down each session. Think about what it takes to be a coach and not to show off you’re improvisor skills. Keep in mind what the goal of the group is as a coach.
I personally love it when coaches come in with a game plan for the team. This, to me, means that the coach is investing time and energy to figure out what is best for the team and the individual players. A coach needs to think about group mind and how each member can grow with that group. Each person learns improv differently and a coach should take each individual player into consideration and find what style of notes work for each person. I think a coach needs to be more specific with each team and the members than a teacher, because teacher should focus on classes that contain lesson plans for a given class.
Again. Broken down into bullets (because I like them):
- start coaching after doing improv consistently for 3 years
- take tons of notes in classes/rehearsals
- coaches focus on group mind; aka-what works best for each team
- coaches think about individuals and how each person learns improv within a team
- come in with a game plan for each rehearsal