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Can improv change your life? Performer Corey Rosen thinks so

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Corey Rosen hosting Moth Grand Slam

San Francisco actor, writer and storyteller Corey Rosen studied film production in college. But once he graduated he fell in love with theater — live, improvised theater.

He’s a company member with BATS, or Bay Area Theater Sports, the longest-running improvised theater company and school in Northern California. He’s also a regular host of The Moth StorySLAM in San Francisco and Berkeley. Rosen spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien about the power of the unexpected, and how improv has changed his life.

"Risk is ok, and failing is good, and we can take chances, we can try things out, and it's ok if they don't work out the way we planned for them to be."

You can see Corey Rosen perform at The Moth StorySLAM on July 26 at Public Works in San Francisco.

Jen Chien was the managing editor for Crosscurrents and KALW News from 2016 to 2018. She has been a contributor to All Things Considered, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, BBC/PRI’s The World, Making Contact, SF Public Press, East Bay Express, New America Media, and KPFA in Berkeley, where she took part in the First Voice Apprenticeship Program. She is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Emerging Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College, and an MA in Interdisciplinary Performance from New College of California. Before entering the field of journalism, she had a successful career as a professional dance and theater artist, teacher, and massage therapist.