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Friday, August 25
 

3:01pm

Workshop 1 Space 3a (B): Life Unscripted: Applications to Enhance Everyday Life (45 min)

Workshop Description: Existence is improvisation. Most people outside of the performing arts are not taught improvisation and yet they have to improvise every day. Life Unscripted applies the basic tenants of great improvisational theater to serve as a guide to living a more spontaneous and fulfilled life. Drawing from contemporary understandings in depth psychology, attachment, and neuroscience and incorporating the skills of improvisational theater, we offer a paradigm to wake up and live our authentic story. This workshop offers the participants tools to enrich relationships, unleash the imagination, and build a more personally meaningful life.


Host
avatar for Marc Purchin

Marc Purchin

Purchin Consulting
Marc Purchin is President of Purchin Consulting, a Southern California-based firm that specializes in appropriate dispute resolution (ADR). Since 1997 he has conducted more than 2,500 mediations, mostly through contracts with the California Special Education Hearing Office, the... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Jeffrey Katzman

Jeffrey Katzman

Vice Chair, Clinical Services, University of New Mexico, Psychiatry
Dr. Jeff Katzman received his BA at Stanford University, his MD at UC San and completed his psychiatry residency at UCLA where he was on faculty for four years before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where he is Vice Chair for Clinical Services and Academic Affairs. Prior to this, he was the Director of Behavioral Health Care at the New Mexico VA Medical Center specializing in treating veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Katzman has taught human attachment and psychodynamic psychotherapy for twenty years to psychiatry residents and therapists throughout the nation. He is currently the Chair of the Education Committee of the American Association of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP). Dr. Katzman has an enduring history with improvisational theater spanning twenty-five years. This includes training at The Second City in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Theater Sports, and The Box Theater in Albuquerque. He has applied improvisational theater techniques to patient care, first at UCLA through the Imagination Workshop and later in the PTSD treatment program at the West Los Angeles VA medical center. He has worked with both seasoned psychotherapists and trainees teaching improvisational theater techniques to enhance the collaborative relationship formed in psychotherapy. He lectures widely to academic audiences on this topic. He has begun work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science - a national group working with esteemed scientists, physicians, actors, and journalists using the skills from improvisational theater to help them to communicate their ideas to the public. Dr... Read More →
avatar for Dan O'Connor

Dan O'Connor

Producing Artistic Director, Impro Theatre
Dan is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Impro Theatre. He is an actor, director, and teacher. He has taught at USC, Duke, Pepperdine, UCSB, UCLA, the MBA Program at UT Austin, Dreamworks, Disney Animation, Cirque du Soleil, and corporations and theatre companies around the... Read More →


Friday August 25, 2017 3:01pm - 3:45pm
UCI CAC 3100B

3:01pm

Workshop 1 Space 4a (B): Bringing Shamanic Medicine to Improv (45 min)

Workshop Description: This workshop is intended to bridge the gap between intuitive, traditional forms of ritual medicine, and improv work. While some of the outlines of these practices may seem a bit foreign (“the knowing field,” “subtle energy”), many of the principles are quite similar to basic improv—generosity, intuitive response, focus, risk. The outcomes in this case, however, are geared toward creating “good medicine” or healing response, insight into conflicts and personal suffering, and the development of greater capacity for creativity and imagination. These are techniques perhaps best used at the outset before improv training actually begins.


Host
avatar for Kosta Duncan

Kosta Duncan

Mythologist, Insight Reality

Speaker
avatar for Anthony Kubiak

Anthony Kubiak

Professor, University of California
Shamanism, spirituality, improve healing and performance. | Anthony Kubiak is Professor of Drama at the University of California, Irvine.  After publishing and teaching in the areas of theory and performance, he has, for the past decade, worked with shamanic healers in Peru, Nepal, and the U.S., and continues to follow the teachings of his Tibetan teachers. He is currently finishing a third... Read More →


Friday August 25, 2017 3:01pm - 3:45pm
UCI CAC 3002

3:45pm

Workshop 1 Space 3b (B): Improv for Mental Health (45 min)

Workshop Description: Can improv benefit someone with depression? What's unique to improv participants with ADHD or Asperger's? Play with these concepts and other ideas around mental health in this interactive and informative workshop led by an Expressive Arts Therapist.


Host
avatar for Marc Purchin

Marc Purchin

Purchin Consulting
Marc Purchin is President of Purchin Consulting, a Southern California-based firm that specializes in appropriate dispute resolution (ADR). Since 1997 he has conducted more than 2,500 mediations, mostly through contracts with the California Special Education Hearing Office, the... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Lauren Stein

Lauren Stein

Counsellor and Coach, The ADHD & Asperger's Centre
Lauren Stein currently lives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and works as a counsellor and coach specializing in ADHD and Asperger's. She holds an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has written a book on the therapeutic benefits of improvisational theatre on corporate culture. She te... Read More →


Friday August 25, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
UCI CAC 3100B

3:45pm

Workshop 1 Space 4b (B): Connecting To Your Response (45 min)

Workshop Description: How in tune are you to the way you respond to your world? Using improvisation to mindfully connect to your emotional state in this moment, you will access what fuels your response to another individual or situation. This approach grounds you in presence, helps authentically connected words appear effortlessly, thus deepening each interaction in a more meaningful way. Enjoy how easy and fun it is to access a state of flow within this moment.


Host
avatar for Kosta Duncan

Kosta Duncan

Mythologist, Insight Reality

Speaker
avatar for Kerstin Caldwell

Kerstin Caldwell

Improvisation Instructor, Gaining Perspective
Kerstin Caldwell is the founder of Gaining Perspective in Denver, Colorado, where she melds the use of improvisation and mindfulness. With performance training from The Second City and iO, her passion and purpose aligned when she studied with Alan Arkin, discovering the use of im... Read More →


Friday August 25, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
UCI CAC 3002
 
Saturday, August 26
 

10:02am

Workshop 2 Space 4 (B): Marketing Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) to attract Clients (45 min)

Would it be valuable if you had more clients? NLP is a hot keyword in the self-development and in the professional development field and is gaining popularity for entrepreneurs, life coaches, trainers and therapists. Learn some techniques on how to use this to attract clients who are interested in Applied Improv training for their clients. This workshop will share tips on how to attract Life coaches, teachers, sales people and entrepreneurs to you.

Using the tools of Reframing, Anchoring, Mirroring and Rapport we will do some activities.

Learn and share experiences on Professional and Self Development workshop titles, content and marketing angles. 

 


Host
avatar for Mike  Bonifer

Mike Bonifer

Chief Creative Officer, bigSTORY
bigSTORY is the first company in the world to offer a commercial application of the emerging science of quantum storytelling. Talk to me about the difference between quantum and linear storytelling, and why that difference matters to VR producers. | | Or TRON. You can talk to... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Jessica Breitenfeld

Jessica Breitenfeld

Founder, ¨Excel in human relations¨, Respect.Sex.Love
Inspire me! How to build a life of Improv, helping people communicate better- Tell me how you did it! I would love to hear your success stories :) Passionate about communication and self development, loving clowning, ToastMasters, and the Spanish sunshine- come say hi to your fri... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:02am - 10:45am
UCI xMPL

10:02am

Workshop 2 Space 5 (B): In Pursuit of the Aha!: Exercising Creative Thinking (45 min)

We will discover and explore group games and exercises to practice, and inspire three key creative thinking skills: Fluency, Flexibility and Uniqueness skills.  These activities may be used to stretch a team's creative muscle. 

We will begin with foundational research about creative thinking (focused on the aforementioned 3 key skills) and then dive down into the games that will correspond with these skills.  Together, we will explore variations of the games as well as share new ones.  Such games will include: "What if" "What the heck is it" "Finding Connections" "Better mousetrap" "In Common" and more…


Host
avatar for Vivian Geffen

Vivian Geffen

CreativityMuse

Speaker
avatar for Bruce Honig

Bruce Honig

Chief Executive Facilitator, IdeaGuides
Bruce Honig M.A. of IdeaGuides (a facilitation and training firm) brings over 35 years in Organizational Development. | | Bruce invented several board/card games, including CREATE: The Game of Creativity,  Just Imagine, Sproin-n-g and Choices. He authored Creative Collaboration: Simple Tools for Inspired Team Work... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:02am - 10:45am
UCI Robert Cohen Theatre

10:45am

Workshop 2 Space 4 (B): Using Improv for Socially Responsible Leadership (45 min)

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development is a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process intended to facilitate positive social change.  The model was conceived and developed by a group of higher education researchers who referred to themselves as “the Ensemble”—building off each other’s scholarly work in an organic and creative manner.  Over the past 20 years, the model and its corresponding tenets (the 7 C’s of Social Change) have played a prominent role in shaping leadership education curriculum across the country.  Let’s explore how we can use the model as a framework for applied improvisation and leadership trainings. 

 


Host
avatar for Mike  Bonifer

Mike Bonifer

Chief Creative Officer, bigSTORY
bigSTORY is the first company in the world to offer a commercial application of the emerging science of quantum storytelling. Talk to me about the difference between quantum and linear storytelling, and why that difference matters to VR producers. | | Or TRON. You can talk to... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Chris Esparza

Chris Esparza

Associate Director, Holden Center, University of Oregon
Talk to me about listening, empathy, positive psychology, leadership development, diversity/equity/ inclusion, running, or tacos. Or anything else that list doesn't cover. | | I work at the University of Oregon’s Holden Center for Leadership & Community Engagement (but am... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
UCI xMPL

10:45am

Workshop 2 Space 5 (B): Unlocking Your Creative Treasure House (45 min)
Unlock your creative potential using Viola Spolin’s philosophy of Mind/Body/Intuition. The intellect is overused and is actually the block to the intuitive. Spolin called it being in your head. Fun is the key. Games and exercises played for their intrinsic pleasure may be enough to create change in an organization and create community through peerage. The debrief or intellectualization of the experience, puts us back in the head and re-locks the door. We will play a series of games that opens the door to the treasure house and discuss how to leave the door open.

Host
avatar for Vivian Geffen

Vivian Geffen

CreativityMuse

Speaker
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 directo... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
UCI Robert Cohen Theatre
 
Sunday, August 27
 

1:45pm

3:00pm