A4: ‘Improv’ for Everyone - Especially Those Who Want to Work with Insanely Great Ensembles

EVENT LEADER:

ROOM: AD07

Russell McMahon, University of Cincinnati, USA

DESCRIPTION:

This workshop will teach participants some of the basics of improvisation and provide ideas about how it can be used at work. Recent studies suggest that ‘improv’ can help us all to become better team members, learners, innovators, and communicators.

Companies are using ‘improv’ methods to generate new ideas, create innovative and collaborative teams, and develop a positive environment at work. ‘Improv’ training can help make learning more enjoyable. Come and learn about ‘improv’ and why companies such as IDEO, Google, Marriott, and Twitter have embraced it.

This workshop will be interactive and all participants will be involved in it. Please attend and have fun learning how to be more positive, vulnerable, attentive and playful in your daily life.

AGENDA:

14:00 – 14:30

Introspective

  • What is improv
  • A brief history of improv
  • Who’s who in improv
  • Literature review
  • Who uses improv
  • Rules of improv
14:30 – 15:00 Warmup games
15:00 – 15:30 Paired improv
15:30 – 16:00 The Game of the scene
16:00 – 16:30 Building an ensemble
16:30 – 17:00 Personas
17:00 – 17:30 Warm-down games
17:30 – 18:00 Retrospective (Discussion and Resources)

TARGET AUDIENCE(S):

All are welcome

TARGET AUDIENCE SECTOR(S):

This workshop is appropriate for all including workplace learning, higher education, primary, secondary education, public sector, agriculture, health, finance, etc.

PARTICIPANT LEVEL:

All are welcome

PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE:

None

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify areas where improv can be used in their work and daily life.
  2. Perform some basic improv components.
  3. Use improv games as tool to innovate and ideate.
  4. Understand how failure fits into life-long learning.
  5. Exemplify the “Yes And” mantra in their work.

FEE:

This event is free of charge for all conference participants.