Two Madhouse staffers take on the world of improvisation
When Molly Luetke and Ashley Moyer got involved with improv classes through Glass City Improv, they didn’t know that saying, “Yes, and…” would be so life-changing.
For Molly, it meant a confidence boost that spills over into her professional life. “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gone into meetings at Madhouse that I’ve anticipated to be uncomfortable, and I’d be super-anxious about them. And since taking improv classes, I’ve been able to respond much more quickly and confidently than I used to,” she said.
Beginning in January 2018, Molly signed up for classes as a way to push herself out of her comfort zone. “I don’t do a lot of things because I’m scared. That’s pretty common in my life,” she said. She felt that doing things she’s not comfortable doing would help her to grow as a person. “It’s also opened up my network to tons more people who are super-smart, curious, and are also doing this because it scares them to do it.”
Despite having a background in theater, Ashley took a little coaxing from Molly to get involved. “Molly said, ‘You should really check it out.’ And I didn’t for months and months, and then finally I signed up for a class. That was a year ago and I was hooked,” she said.
At first, Ashley was nervous because everything she’d done in Toledo had been centered around art and graphic design. “I remember in the first class I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is a mistake,’ but after a few classes I thought, ‘Oh, this is the best,’” she said.