Improv for Wellness Classes
with Margot Escott, LCSW

Margot Escott incorporates over 30 years experience as a counselor, speaker and teacher in her wellness classes that are designed to use humor, play and improv to achieve well being. In addition to teaching and performing improv professionally, Margot has presented workshops and seminars on “Therapeutic Value of Humor and Play” on a national level and was a featured speaker at the Chicago “Yes, and” conference on Improvisation and Mental Health. 

Improv for People with Parkinson’s
and their Care Partners – with Margot Escott, LCSW

WHAT: Improv for People with Parkinson’s and Care Partners (8-week class)
WHERE: Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, Fl. 34102
WHEN: Tuesday, September 11-October 30, 2018 (1:30-3:00)
COST: 8-week session – $80, PASFI Member $65, TNP Member $55 (Scholarships Available)
EXPERIENCE: No prior improv or theatre experience required
This class is Improv for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a movement disorder that affects up to 1 million people in the US and doctors diagnose 60,000 new cases each year. Improvisational Theatre Games, based on the work of Viola Spolin, are being used clinically over the world. Improv classes are being offered for stress management, coping with life challenges, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.Neuroscience tells us that play, when combined with the trust building of improv experiences, builds “pro-social brains that know how to interact with others in positive ways.” This is important for adults who are dealing with significant physical and emotional difficulties.

Improv for Anxiety
with Margot Escott, LCSW

WHAT: Improvisational Theatre for Anxiety (6-week class)
WHERE: Sugden Community Theatre, 701 5th Avenue South, Naples, FL
WHEN: Saturdays, September 22-Oct 27, 2018 (1:00-3:00)
MORE INFORMATION: Craig Price, 239-434-7340 ext. 103
COST: 6-week session – $150, Member $125 (Scholarships Available)
EXPERIENCE: No prior improv or theatre experience required
Anxiety affects 20% of American adults. A number of proven techniques have been shown to decrease anxiety and one of them is Improvisational Theatre. Margot Escott LCSW, who has practiced in Naples for 34 years, and has performed improv and taught professionally, will lead this 6-week group. Learn the basic improv skills to help decrease feelings of anxiety, in a safe, humorous and playful environment. Some of these skills include spontaneity, building trust, and, the concept that there are no mistakes. This class will also incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques, both proven to help alleviate anxiety. .

with Margot Escott, LCSW

Many therapists and improvisers are using empirically tested mindfulness-based techniques. Recent research shows that Improvisational Theatre games are a powerful intervention for anxiety, depression and becoming a more “authentic” self. There is a direct parallel between improv comedy exercises and practicing mindfulness. Improvisation is inherently mindful as it takes you out of your head and into the present moment through fun and interactive games.Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. In Mindful Improv we notice when our minds wander and we come back to listening, which grounds us in the present.

Contact Margot for more information and upcoming class dates at (239) 434-6558 or



Chicago, 2017

This exciting “alternative” therapy is gaining recognition with therapists nationally and internationally.

Why does Improv assist in the therapeutic process? The basic rules of improv, such as unconditional positive regard for other members and that there is no “right or wrong” way to play Improv, create a safe and trusting environment for our patients. The exercises we teach are geared toward relinquishing a need to know everything before it happens, letting go of the idea that being in-the-moment is terrifying and learning to connect with people by having no expectations of them whatsoever.

Although there is little scientific research demonstrating the efficacy of improvisation as therapy, anecdotal evidence suggests people are benefiting from these techniques with issues like social anxiety.This free two-hour workshop offers you an opportunity to explore how Improv Comedy might be helpful to you and your clients. Contact Margot for more information and upcoming class dates at (239) 434-6558 or

Through Improv with Margot Escott, LCSW

Margot Toastmasters webLearning Improvisational Comedy is an invaluable for Toastmasters members and groups. These techniques enhance spontaneity and improve your ability to think on our feet. In an atmosphere similar to Toastmasters, Improv offers a supportive environment where members feel respected and able to trust. Visit any Toastmaster group and you will see that same supportive and welcoming atmosphere. Contact Margot for more information and upcoming class dates at (239) 434-6558 or

You will learn:

  • The “yes, and…” concept and how to use it in daily life and as a Toastmaster
  • The basic “rules of Improv” and how they help build a better speech
  • Additional tools for your communication toolkit
  • How to stimulate creativity
  • Speaking is collaborative; Improv utilizes partners, audience
  • How Improv sharpens your listening skills

Many toastmaster clubs in the US and internationally now devote one hour each month to work with a professional improviser to learn these skills. And one club, Improv Masters San Diego Toastmasters, is a dedicated Toastmaster group of Improvisors!

Toastmaster, Improv professional and LCSW, Margot Escott is now offering Improv for Toastmaster workshops. Contact Margot for more information at (239) 434-6558 or


Improvisational Comedy is creating dramatic scenes without written dialogue and no predetermined dramatic activity. In other words, making it up as they perform.

Improv Comedy came from the work of Viola Spolin, who developed acting exercises or “games” that unleashed creativity during the Great Depression. Her son, Paul Sills, formed the first Improvisational theatre in the US and later went on to be the first director at Chicago’s Second City. Notable alumni from Second City include Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, and Joan Rivers, among many others.

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