Performance and Play

Engaged Experiential Learning through Play, Performance, and Improvisation

Did you know that your development in college depends on more than just what you do in the classroom? That playing is just as important as studying? That learning how to improvise with others will help you learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable positions? Lloyd International Honors College infuses play, performance, and improvisation into a range of our experiential learning opportunities (field trips, colloquia, workshops, lecture series, study abroad, and seminars) to enhance students’ academic success.

By engaging in extra- and co-curricular experiences--taking trips, visiting cultural institutions, meeting different kinds of people, having a chance to try new things—we learn and develop.

Such play is just as important for adults as it is for children. These kinds of experiences help us develop our abilities to recognize opportunities and act upon them. When we play, we develop; and not only do we learn better (becoming better learners), but we actively shape our lives, our communities, and our world.

Articles and Commentary:

Omar Ali and Nadja Cech, "'Yes, And,' as Teaching-Learning Methodology," Teaching and Learning in Higher Ed (April 2017)

Anya Kamenetz, "Nonacademic skills are key to success. But what should we call them?" NPR Ed (May 28, 2015)

Jake Livengood, "Learning from Improv," Inside Higher Education (June 15, 2015)

Lois Holzman, "Become a Vygotskian!" A Conceptual Revolution, The Creative Side of Culture Change, Psychology Today (April 6, 2013)