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Friday, August 25
 

3:00pm

Workshop 1 Space 1 (A): Inclusion in Action: Improv and Beyond (90 min)

What is it we’re talking about when we talk about “inclusion”? How do we individually and collectively create cultures that foster a sense of inclusion? Why are the most powerful and cutting edge organizations focusing with such intensity on this topic? What do we as applied improvisers bring to the table? (Spoiler alert: a lot!) What do we have to learn from other experts and practitioners? (Spoiler alert: at least as much!) Explore these questions - and some models and tools - through a series experiential activities and practical application to our very own worlds.


Host
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Katherine Kasmir

Executive Director, Straight Up / Reality Improv Connection

Speaker
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Kat Koppett

Koppett.
Kat Koppett (USA) is the Co-director of the Mopco Improv Theatre and the Eponymous Founder of Koppett a consultancy specializing in the use of improv to enhance individual and organizational performance. She is the author of Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre... Read More →


Friday August 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
UCI xMPL

3:00pm

Workshop 1 Space 2 (A): How Play Will Revolutionize Work (90 min)

You'll get to experience first-hand how quickly play can establish trust and connection, change mindsets, and draw out leadership skills within individuals, teams, and organizations.  We'll then show you case studies of 'games that worked' and 'games that didn't' in the corporate space. And by playing together, we'll define the value of play for a corporate audience.


Host
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Sue Walden

Owner, ImprovWorks!
LOL - my grandson, Baxter. Ask to see a picture.

Speaker
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Akshay Sateesh

Founder & President, Ziksana Consulting
Akshay is the Founder of Ziksana Consulting and serves as a Faculty Trainer with the Center for Creative Leadership and the University of California system of Staff Education. Currently he facilitates Qualcomm's Emerging Leader Program and consults with Qualcomm's various global teams... Read More →


Friday August 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
UCI Winifred Smith Hall UC Irvine, Building 710, Irvine, CA, 92626
 
Saturday, August 26
 

10:00am

Workshop 2 Space 1 (A): Understanding the Nuances of Failure and Success (90 min)

What is the best approach to handling the concept of ‘failure?’ In what ways can we as Applied Improvisers help the organizations and individuals we work with ‘right-size’ their relationships with failure? This interactive session will feature a ‘fish bowl’ style conversation in which participants will:

  • Gain awareness of how to apply lessons learned for identifying and handling failure
  • Clarify the role of mistakes/failure in the field of innovation
  • Explore options for framing conversations about failures for optimal outcomes

Join us for a conversation about how you can work with these concepts in a variety of settings and contexts.


Host
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Farnaz Tabaee

Founder, ImprovLead
Faculty, California State University Dominguez Hills

Speaker
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Coonoor Behal

Founder & CEO, Mindhatch
Coonoor Behal is Founder of Mindhatch, a creative consultancy that helps companies and organizations get better results with creativity. Coonoor and Mindhatch are experts in design thinking, organizational improv, and innovation facilitation. As an organizational improv trainer, Coonoor... Read More →
avatar for Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

Owner, Improv Odyssey
It was Gary Schwartz’s 18-year association with renowned theater educator and author, Viola Spolin, that provides the foundation for his work today. He is the only master teacher to have ever earned an endorsement from both Viola Spolin and her son, the legendary original director... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Short

Patrick Short

GM, CSz Portland
Patrick has taught and performed with CSz since 1987 and led AI engagements for over 600 organizations. In a previous life, he sold manufacturing and distribution systems, learning how companies worked (and didn't work) along the way.
avatar for Sheila Siden

Sheila Siden

Development Director, Northwest Folklife
I am excited about diving into Applied Improv at the conference. My interests are authentic leadership and social equity. I love improv for the truths it can show us at a visceral level while laughing together in the spirit of play. I am also excited about SoCal because I grew up... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Yeager

Lisa Yeager

Sr. Project Manager, City of Seattle
Lisa Yeager works inside organizations engaged in transformational change initiatives involving new software applications. This requires facilitating meetings and problem-solving sessions for groups ranging from 8 - 200 people.


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UCI Studio 5

10:00am

Workshop 2 Space 7 (C): Applied Improv, Performance and Play: A Change Revolution (90 min)
AIN is part of a broad, potentially revolutionary effort to use play, improvisation, and performance for change — in the corporate space and for the world’s social, political and cultural challenges. This work provides a catalyst for seeing/acting/thinking in new ways — breaking from our scripted “identities” to be both who we are, and who we are not (i.e., who we are becoming). It gives us a collective shot at growing, changing, and creating new possibilities with our differences, big and small. In this session, we’ll go deeper into the art, science, and practices of this “change revolution.”

Host
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Maxine Shapiro

Biz owner, Collaborcate!™
Max has been having a ball giving Keynotes, Workshops and now doing one-on-one Coaching using what we all know as one of the most exhilarating forces in business today - improv. From the Federal Reserve Bank (pls ask her what it was like to get 250 Fed Execs from all 12 Banks doing... Read More →

Speaker
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Cathy Salit

CEO, Performance of a Lifetime
Cathy Salit (USA) is the CEO of Performance of a Lifetime, an award winning consulting firm based in NYC. Using the art and science of theater, impro, and performative psychology, Cathy and her global team of coaches, actors, improvisers, and facilitators create and deliver leadership and team effectiveness programs for American Express... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UCI Winifred Smith Hall UC Irvine, Building 710, Irvine, CA, 92626

10:01am

Workshop 2 Space 2 (A): Style Matters (30 min)

Facilitators think a lot about style…the khakis or nose ring speak volumes. Audience members have individual styles too and the more adept you are at assessing and adapting your style to theirs, the more likely you will be engaging and memorable.

You’ll learn simple strategies to help you have fun and be more effective in the moment. An interactive style map provides concrete tips to help you prepare when you have the time and improvise when you don’t. The first 20 people in the room receive a free style map. Additional maps available for purchase.


Host
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Percival Guevarra

Writing consultant, University of California, Irvine
Percival Guevarra, M.A., is a writing consultant at the University of California, Irvine's Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication. After studying and performing improvisation in Hollywood, he began to reconsider academia's pedagogical approaches in multilingual settings... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Mary Jane Pories

Mary Jane Pories

President, Fishladder Inc.
Mary Jane Pories, M.A.T. is a long-time member of the National Speakers Association and Actors Equity Association. An award-winning actor/improviser and former main stage cast member of The Second City – Detroit, presenter at national and international conferences within the U.S... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:01am - 10:30am
UCI CAC 3100A

10:01am

Workshop 2 Space 3 (A): Better Together: AI for Radically Collaborative Cultures (30 min)

As a hospitality executive and speaker + consultant, Mike has worked with hundreds of teams full of buzz and big ideas. So why do some tap into their imagination to create disruptive drivers of growth and innovation while others are consistently 10 steps behind?  The answer: the best companies have a system to put their team’s creativity into practical outputs. His presentation delivers real-world tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results.  You’ll learn to: 

  • Connect with your customers, partners, and team in a way that drives bottom-line results
  • Focus your AI efforts to help companies build better cultures
  • Build a culture that celebrates fresh thinking and embraces new ideas

Host
Speaker
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Mike Ganino

Radical Culture
Mike Ganino delivers inspiring and actionable keynotes to build collaborative cultures. The perfect balance between energizing and practical; entertaining and result-focused; fun and impactful. As a speaker, Bestselling Author, hospitality executive, tech advisor, and improviser... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:01am - 10:30am
UCI Beall Center for Art + Technology

10:30am

Workshop 2 Space 2 (A): Improvisation Games for Movement and Non-Verbal Communication (60 min)

This workshop brings the Spolin foundation of Improvisational Games and philosophy focused on movement and full body communication. This is perfect for developing Improvisation with groups of non- actors. There is no pressure to “act.” This is a fast-paced, full-involvement workshops with games new to AIN members.   These techniques allow you to tap into true spontaneity, connection and creativity. They also make great high-energy warm-ups. Viola Spolin originated formalized Improvisational Theater techniques.

 


Host
avatar for Percival Guevarra

Percival Guevarra

Writing consultant, University of California, Irvine
Percival Guevarra, M.A., is a writing consultant at the University of California, Irvine's Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication. After studying and performing improvisation in Hollywood, he began to reconsider academia's pedagogical approaches in multilingual settings... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Max Schafer

Max Schafer

teacher, Fenton Primary Center
Max Schafer is the author of “Viola Spolin’s Theater Games for the Classroom CD.” He has studied under Viola Spolin, Paul Sills, Carol Sills, Aretha Sills, Robert Moyer, Allan Arkin, Avery Schrieber, and Dick Schaal. He was a keynote speaker at Edta and leads worldwide intensive... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
UCI CAC 3100A

10:30am

Workshop 2 Space 3 (A): Fierce Facilitation for Improvisational Leaders (60 min)

Effective facilitation skills are an essential part of being a successful Applied Improvisation practitioner, consultant or trainer of any kind. 

This session focuses on a creative style of facilitation. It includes powerful tools you can immediately apply to your own work including discovery and design work.

 


Host
Speaker
avatar for Rachel Ben-Hamou

Rachel Ben-Hamou

Director, AgileImprov
Rachel Ben Hamou is an improviser, facilitator and human centric design enthusiast with a background in agile methods. She has a blast using applied improv techniques to super-charge organizations like Riot Games who want to harness the deep and enduring value of play. She loves to... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
UCI Beall Center for Art + Technology
 
Sunday, August 27
 

1:45pm

3:00pm