Two weeks ago, members of the IYWP staff and community came together for a very special reason: to make each other laugh. Yes, you read that right. Led by local improv group Paperback Rhino, an entirely student run group unaffiliated with the University, IYWP staff and volunteers enjoyed a night of comedy as they participated in various comedic exercises that kept the whole room laughing from start to finish.
The idea to join these two organizations together came from IYWP intern Grace Moore. Grace also happens to be a member of Paperback Rhino and enjoyed seeing her two organizations come together for a few hours. Grace was kind enough to answer a few questions about the experience afterwards:
Q: How did it make you feel to see your two organizations come together and collaborate on an event?
Grace: To see two organizations so near and dear to me join together felt really good. I am seriously so grateful that Mal and Lisa took the time to listen and work with Jamie and I to make this happen. They are really the two masterminds behind it all.
Q: Did anything surprise you about how the event went?
G: How seamless everything turned out was a really welcome surprise. I was so pleased with the turnout from the start, but how engaged and naturally talented all of the IYWP volunteers were was also so amazing to witness.
Q: What are you hoping people take away from the event and from improv in general?
G: On a surface level, I hope that people find new ways to implement idea generation and ice breaker activities in their classrooms and their sites. But on a much deeper level, I hope everyone who came felt the power that is harnessed when you create something out of absolutely nothing but a word. It is truly amazing to see what can be made from someone who gives you a loving suggestion of “anything at all” and trusts that you can make a whole universe! That principal is where the IYWP and Paperback Rhino fit in perfectly together. And it was an amazing experience to watch that unity unfold on Wednesday night.
We at the IYWP want to sincerely thank all the members of Paperback Rhino for a wonderful evening full of laughs and friendship.
If you would like to learn more about Paperback Rhino, you can visit their Facebook and Instagram pages! @paperbackrhino