20 Jul

Kissin Teaches Kids Too Well at A.N.D. Improv Retreat

Children Leave Parents and Follow Carl Home

Carl Kissin just returned from a week in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, where he taught improvisation to children ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old at the Artistic New Directions Master Improv Retreat. The lessons culminated in a brilliant performance by the energetic young troupe, “Creatable Kids.”

Shockingly though, when it was time to go home the children refused to get in the cars of their parents and demanded to stay with their teacher. As one child put it, “why return to ‘clean up your room and do your homework,’ when this ‘Comedy Carl’ guy lets me pretend to be an alien speaking in gibberish all day long?”

Said an exhausted Kissin, “I loved working with them more than I can tell you — they are phenomenally creative young boys and girls — but I may have to tell them I’ve become a lawyer just to get them to return to the families to which they belong.


Artistic New Directions has improv retreats in both July and August every year at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. Needless to say, children are welcome