What is lit all about?
What is that?!
A note from the founder
Imagine you grow up as a super happy kid -- you're outgoing, full of energy and kindness, and you have a natural inclination to always be the "funny one" in the room. You are fortunate to have no serious complaints about your life. Sounds pretty nice, huh?
Fast-forward a bit. You've grown up. You realize something in you feels off. So much so, that you can't seem to shake it off like you have in the past.
Not sure what has caused this shift -- perhaps the heaviness of suddenly entering the "real world" on your own, or a lack of general awareness during the years leading up to this moment -- you just aren't the same as you used to be.
You don't want to leave the house. You avoid eye contact. You shy away from almost every conversation. You don't feel worthy of having a voice in your workplace. You almost constantly feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety. The list goes on.
Most obviously, you notice a general lack of connection to yourself and to others.
You know something has to change, but you aren't sure how or what.
After enduring this dark haziness for months, you open up your laptop to do a quick Google search. There's got to be something you like to do. That you want to do.
After a few random searches -- like, "pottery" and "martial arts" -- you type "improv near me" in the search bar. There is a class that starts that night. That one feels right, so you sign up.
You arrive early, to the class, afraid to go inside. But as soon as you do, you are welcomed in and surrounded by a warm, undeniable energy that you won't ever be able to forget.
It takes some time, but eventually something in you clicks. You realize you like yourself again. You see the world in a new way. Life starts to feel brighter. You start to feel freer.
That story is a true story! It's my story!
I discovered improv at a time in my life that was full of immense challenges, overwhelming uncertainty, anxiety, and straight up loneliness. I had just moved from Chicago to San Francisco and knew absolutely no one. When I started taking improv classes, the gray clouds in my life immediately began to clear. Improv gave me the tools to feel comfortable in my skin again, and to feel safe in a community full of supportive and friendly people.
After years of studying and performing improv, I've realized that it is about more than just getting laughs. Improv is a lens through which you can see the world. The lit approach is built around authenticity, inclusivity, and human connection. From there, everything else falls into place.
My door is always open. I can talk about improv and its impact pretty much 24/7 if you want to. So please, send me a note, come to a workshop or event, or just find me somewhere (Philly is pretty small). I can't wait to embark on this exciting, laughter-filled journey with you.
With love and LOLs,
Tessa Ricci, Founder & Executive Director