Will Luera Champion’s Improvisational Theatre

Will LueraWill Luera is a champion of bringing theatre art to all people, especially those who haven’t had access or ever hear the words, Improv Theatre!  He recently became a CrossFit Coach and adds Conflict Mediator to his resume. Although he grew up in Chicago, for 18 years he didn’t know about Improv! It was only when he went to Boston College to study Physics and Computer Engineering,  that he learned about improv. Returning home every summer he would study at places like Second City and the IO. And after college, he was part of Improv Boston and now is the Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston.

Luckily for us Floridians, Will was hired by the Florida Studio Theatre to direct their improv program and festival. That’s where I first met Will ten years ago! This is our second podcast and our focus today is on how Will is bringing improv to everyone! He discussed how he immediately saw the discrepancy between folks who grew up hearing about improv (those of white privilege) and the kids who had no access. He has been committed to bringing improv to diverse populations.  He is the co-creator of Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s, a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy, and ministry for persons with dementia and their caregivers. He is also working with Black Improv Alliance to help provide scholarships for black children and adults to study improv. Since the pandemic Will teaches 6-8 classes each week and what a gift – to work with Will even if you don’t live near Sarasota, Florida. Think about signing up for a class today – try it – you might love it! Below are links to learn more about Will Luera:

You might want to listen to my fascinating discussions with other improv teachers and innovators including Jonathan Nguyen and Clay Drinko. *Improv Interviews podcast‘ is introduced by Susan L. Parker of yourinternationalvoice.com, Audio Engineer Landon Kirksey Audio Engineer Landon Kirksey

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