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Friday, August 25


Workshop 1 Space 5a (C): Drawn Together: Visual Storytelling (45 min)

Workshop Description: In almost every workshop or meeting I hear people say “I can’t draw!” You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to draw, what you need are a hand full of key symbols and icons that you can confidently draw and then build upon improvisationally.

In this session, you will explore two structures to support telling visual stories. 

5 Symbols: Infinite Stories is a microstructure for non-verbal storytelling to get us started. Then we will practice drawing and telling stories together with the Bikablo Icon Cards.  We will work solo, in pairs and small groups as we practice drawing together.

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Vivian Geffen


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Stephanie Brown

Founder & Chief Collaboration Designer, 10X Collective, LLC
Graphic facilitator seeks creative friends and colleagues to heart storm new ideas and help America talk and play together again! My usual intro.... 'Steph has worked for 15 years in the performance improvement sector introducing graphic facilitation and collaboration design to government... Read More →

Friday August 25, 2017 3:01pm - 3:45pm
UCI Studio 5


Workshop 1 Space 5b (C): A Frogwarts Experience: Immersive Improvised Drama (45 min)

Workshop Description: Active participants in this 45-minute workshop will be introduced to an immersive improvisational theatre camp, where all attendees – from the campers to the kitchen staff – play in role as wizards attending a magical camp.  Every one-week camp session involves all 100+ attendees in a new, improvised story where evil is vanquished and good prevails (… so far!)  We will play some of the richest scenes from the stories and strategies for inspiring controlled action and discussion will be demonstrated.  Come prepared to play your Best Wizard Self.   

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Vivian Geffen


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Amy Ressler

Faculty, Theatre Education, California State University Bakersfield
A specialist in drama for learning and educational theatre, Amy Ressler is the founding artistic director of the award-winning Great Midwestern Educational Theatre, which presents storytelling and theatre productions, an annual improvisational Imagination Celebration, improv for caregivers... Read More →

Friday August 25, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
UCI Studio 5
Saturday, August 26


Workshop 2 Space 6 (C): Leadership Presence – How to Develop Relationships and Influence (30 min)

Whether you are a keynote speaker, addressing a boardroom or even at the water cooler your presence is felt the moment you come within proximity. You are not born with this ability it can be learned using applied improvisation. The improvisation process aids participants to focus on the learning points needed and to have an ‘aha’ moment as they feel the transformation. Trust is the foundation of all relationships and is key in developing a presence. Participants will learn how to develop trust by becoming more approachable and open.  


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Hal Peller

Owner, Hal Peller & Co., Inc.
I completely fell in love with Spolin's Improvisation for the Theater in 1980 and her process of problem-solving has changed my life.Corporate work includes Fortune 500  companies such as NEC, GE Financial Services, Insight Solutions for Business and the Pulte Group.  Also, international... Read More →

Saturday August 26, 2017 10:01am - 10:30am


Workshop 2 Space 6 (C): A Dynamic and Contemplative Approach to Movement Improvisation (60 min)

Workshop Description: This workshop will introduce Viewpoints (Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, and Story), a movement approach created by dancer Mary Overlie, and further developed by theatre directors Anne Bogart and Tina Landau. The versatility of this approach allows for both dynamic and contemplative approaches to facilitating groups. Participants will learn about how these elements can be used singularly or in combination to create collaborative and engaging exercises for groups. This framework also provides a way of assessing how to respond in the moment to what is happening in a group, in order to facilitate a sense of flow in the session. 

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Daniel Doyle

Drama Therapist, Daniel Doyle, MFT
Daniel Doyle is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing and M.A. recipient from the Drama Therapy Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. Daniel has worked as a therapist and drama therapist since 1995. He has facilitated hundreds of groups as a drama therapist... Read More →

Saturday August 26, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
UCI Studio 4
Sunday, August 27