IMPROV COACHING TESTIMONIALS
The following testimonials are from former or current students of Kevin Shimko's improv classes, workshops, or coaching sessions.
"Flipping awesome. Seriously. After a 12-hour shift on Tuesdays, I looked forward to coming to Kevin's class each week. Being that I don't have a background in improv or acting, I decided to take the class to just try something new and push my comfort zone. Of course I learned a lot about improv and how to work with a scene partner. What I didn't realize was that I would walk away after 6 weeks having learned more about myself, how to be open and present to what's in front of you, and to take life, and myself, a little less seriously. On top of it all, I made some awesome new friends along the way. Kevin is a natural at what he does. He is charismatic, passionate, welcoming, and offers insight and perspective that's specific to each person that he's working with. Kevin is a wealth of knowledge and insight, and best of all, he's approachable and empathetic. If you want to learn something new or deepen your skills, and have a heck of a good time doing it, Kevin's classes are the way to go! Thank you Kevin for an awesome 6 weeks of improv, I am anxiously awaiting the next course!." - Jessica B.
"Kevin coaches our long form improv team, and we couldn't be happier with his contribution. He brings an incredible depth of improv knowledge and experience that helps us to put together better and more engaging shows. More than that, he brings a unique ability to see what each member of the team needs from him in order to become a better performer, and to give us each exactly that. We consider ourselves very lucky to have someone of such superb talent and teaching ability available to us right here in Charlotte." - Heather H.
"Improv can be intimidating. Yet Kevin's warm and welcoming coaching style ~ coupled with his natural exuberant humor ~ put his students at ease while he guides them into this delightfully challenging form of fun. As Kevin believes that anyone can succeed in improv, he is exceptionally generous with supportive and encouraging feedback.
With experienced students, Kevin offers the type of skilled and nuanced guidance that can transform a performer's ability to initiate a scene, create a character, support scene partners, use object work, edit a scene, and make strong creative choices.
Whatever the skill level of his students, Kevin ensures that they have fun. His classes are more like great parties where the funniest friends show up. " - Leigh G.
"'Experienced, intelligent, talented.' These are all words Kevin has used in coaching our long-form team. Kidding aside, you can find a good improv coach around, but what sets Kevin apart as a fantastic coach is his unbounded love and enthusiasm for the art, and his eye for how to create it. He quickly saw the strengths that each player in our team brought and guided us to incorporate a few changes that have really elevated our form! Our team is always excited to have Kevin come! - Carey H.
I've learned so much from Kevin even when he isn't even teaching. Quick story, One time I saw Kevin preform a two person improv scene where both players ended up being 2 homeless people. To be quite honest the scene seemed to be going nowhere. Until the other player proclaimed that they were on their way to get a loaf of bread. Then without missing a beat Kevin just simple says, "Oh well I have a loaf of bread right here". As soon as he did that the scene instantly got better because now one person had what the other wanted. That minor addition create a dynamic, story and relationship that didn't exist before in the scene. It was such a simple choice by Kevin but it was a choice that I have only seen high level improvisors make. It is moments like this that make me appreciate the instruction I get from Kevin.
Also, I'm a pro wrestler, stand up comedian & podcaster and the type of instruction that I have received from Kevin has helped me in all 3 areas. Not to mention the lessons that I have learned from Kevin's improv training has been applicable to my everyday normal life. Especially when it comes to time management, dealing with stress and focusing on the tasks at hand. So, not only have I became a better improviser under Kevin's tutelage but I have become a more well balanced person. - Jake M.
I have had the opportunity to work with Kevin over the last year in different capacities.
Whether it be an improv team coach, the host of workshops or a fellow improviser on stage, I have always been impressed with Kevin’s ability to be open, honest and giving.
Kevin challenges performers to be their best self and pushes you to step outside your comfort zone. I have grown as a performer in so many ways under Kevin’s guidance.- Karla D.