How improv can shut down ableism (and other) privilege.

When I was starting off as an improv teacher, and leading one of my first or second classes solo, I was told that I was going to have a student in my class with a significant stutter. I am embarrassed now to admit that my reaction at that time was irritation. Why would someone with a stutter do improv? This was going to make the class challenging and difficult for the others. And for me, as the instructor.

In a random twist of class sizing and distribution, the student was moved from my section to another instructor’s. That improviser…