At Dia Creative we are sensitive to the needs of each of our clients. We currently serve a wide range of clients from eCommerce to family run businesses. In addition to that, approximately 10% of the work we do is pro bono for non-profit organizations. We offer several marketing services to each of the non-profit organizations we support.
Unscripted Learning, an improv comedy organization, is one of several non-profits we currently support. Developed in conjunction with the National Comedy Theatre, Unscripted Learning is teaching the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership in addition to performance skills in an innovative way. Unscripted Learning uses improvisational theatre to bring students and adults from all backgrounds together. There are several programs to get involved with through Unscripted Learning including Improv for Seniors, Autism Improv, and Kids & Teens programs.
Active Minds is an improv program for seniors. This program helps keep seniors’ mind’s sharp and allows them to be creative and have fun while doing so!
The program teaches improvisational acting techniques and skills to foster brain health, improve cognitive ability, broaden creative expression and help increase social interaction. Classes were designed by members of the National Comedy Theater, so they are tons of fun, engaging and hilarious, and teach the same skills that professional comics use.
Classes are open to the community and are held in person, or via Zoom for those wanting to participate at a distance. Participants can expect to be taught by professional cast members. Each class will demonstrate the skills used in creating an improvised comedy show. The class is easily accessible, low stress, very funny, and never embarrassing. Currently, classes meet once per week from 9:30-11:30 AM.
If you are interested in learning more about this class, click here for more information or call 619-295-4999.
CONNECTIONS is an improv program designed for individuals who are diagnosed with mild to moderate disabilities, particularly those with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, social and behavioral changes. CONNECTIONS uses improvised theatre to teach, and help students master listening, social awareness, and creative thinking. It also helps individuals develop a variety of social and communication skills in a safe and fun environment.
Students in this program will be allowed to explore various listening skills, social skills, and pragmatic language all while building strong relationships with their peers through play. These skills are taught in an enjoyable way! CONNECTIONS uses games and improvised scenarios that help individuals explore together and laugh with each other as a teaching technique.
What you can expect
Unscripted Learning’s programs are designed to meet each individual’s unique needs, but with a goal of fun, friendship, and improvised social skills for the student.
CONNECTIONS classes meet once a week in person. There is a ZOOM class option available that can be chosen in addition to the in-person class, or as a separate stand-alone class. Each workshop builds upon previous classes and reinforces the ideas taught while adding additional skills. All classes are limited to 10 participants to ensure each student gets the most out of each lesson.
If you are interested in learning more about this class, fill out this form and a representative will be in touch to schedule a time to chat.
Kids & Teens Programs
Unscripted Learning offers several programs for kids and teens ranging from ages 9-18.
NCT High School League
The National Comedy Theatre High School League gives High School students in San Diego a unique opportunity to learn improv skills and theory, and how to put them into practice with regular performances.
NCT has been in San Diego for over 20 years and is San Diego’s longest-running show with over 5,000 performances to date. The NCT High School League program uses improv to teach High School students sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership in addition to performance skills. Students are provided with a forum for students to have fun in a supportive wholesome environment. In this environment students are able to expand upon their creativity.
Students receive classes through workshops at the NCT performance space in Mission Hills (near Old Town) as well as classes on their school campus. NCT High School League is led with minimal supervision from a faculty advisor, and in coordination with coaches. Students are also able to choose captains to lead the team, arrange performances with other schools and organize regular practices.
Performances begin in January, with an organized schedule that notates which teams play others in the league. At the end of the school year, a multi-school tournament is held to showcase the talents of the students.
Every performance of the NCT High School League acts as a fundraiser for the school’s theatre department! It’s a great opportunity to have fun while raising money for a good cause.
The performance schedule varies month to month. Sign up for Unscripted Learning’s newsletter to stay up to date with the latest information.
Improv for Teens (Ages 13-17)
Unscripted Learning’s Teen Improv classes provide both a fun and supportive environment for students to learn the basics of storytelling, improvisational acting, and stagecraft. All of which help to unlock their creative voice and show the importance of working collaboratively with others and building new friendships.
No previous experience is needed to join this program. Classes are designed for teens ages 13-17 and are held over six consecutive Saturdays from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at the National Comedy Theatre. The first class of 2021 was held on October 2nd.
*All students must be fully vaccinated to participate in this class.
To learn more information about this program click here.
Comedy Kids (Ages 9-12)
Comedy Kids allows children to unlock their creative potential one class at a time. This program is in partnership with The National Comedy Theatre.
In a fun and positive environment, children will learn the basic building blocks of improvisational acting techniques to develop scenes, create compelling characters and identify the elements needed to form a story on their feet.
Lessons are taught through gameplay and exercises. Participants will be equipped with improv tools that will help them develop their communication and listening skills, gain confidence as a speaker, and work collaboratively while unlocking their imagination and creativity. All while having a fantastic time!
No previous experience is needed for this class. Furthermore, all students will have the opportunity to perform for family and friends after each series of workshops.
Comedy Kids Class caters to kids ages 9-12. An updated schedule will be released soon. Sign up for Unscripted Learning’s newsletter to stay up to date with the latest information.
Unscripted Learning’s programs allow participants to “play outside the box” and stretch their imagination one improv skit at a time. To learn more about Unscripted Learning and how you can get involved click here to check out their website.