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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
avatar for Katherine Kasmir

Katherine Kasmir

Executive Director, Straight Up / Reality Improv Connection

Speaker
avatar for Kat Koppett

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
avatar for Sue Walden

Sue Walden

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

Speaker
avatar for Akshay Sateesh

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

3:00pm

Workshop 1 Space 9 (E): Adventures in Micro-Fiction (90 min)

The group will improvise a writing workshop, using elements from Spolin, Johnstone, and the Harold. Encore presentation/many delighted participants from 3 or 4 past AIN conferences. Very little talking, lots of writing. Come, especially if you feel intimidated reading this. It's my job to get things right.

Ooooh, some people signing up already! Great! Please bring implements for writing - paper, pens, computers, etc. 


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 Denzil Meyers

Denzil Meyers

president, widgetwonder LLC
Denzil Meyers is a life coach, clown, and host of the Comedy Death Star podcast. A founding member of AIN, Denzil has worked the past 30 years in global ad agencies for Fortune 500 brands.


Friday August 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
UCI MAB 129

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 Department... 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... Read More →
avatar for Dan O’Connor

Dan O’Connor

Producing Artistic Director, Impro Theatre
Dan O’Connor (USA) is co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Impro Theatre as well as a co-founder of Los Angeles Theatresports and BATS Improv in San Francisco. He is an actor, writer, director, producer and improviser. For Impro Theatre he is the co-director for Jane Austen... 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
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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... Read More →


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

3:01pm

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.


Host
avatar for Vivian Geffen

Vivian Geffen

CreativityMuse

Speaker
avatar for Stephanie Brown

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

3:01pm

Workshop 1 Space 6a (D): Improv for Adaptive Leadership (45 min)

Workshop Description: Looking for new concepts that can bring greater weight to your work in applied improvisation?  Applied improv connects with over 30 years of field-tested theory and practice from Harvard University’s project on “Adaptive Leadership,” a hands-on approach to leading and managing change in and across organizations. Drawing on my current research and Improv for Leadership courses I have taught to Executive MBA students for the last several years, I will introduce participants to the core vocabulary of adaptive leadership, show how it connects with applied improvisation, and highlight how we can put this powerful alignment into practice.


Host
avatar for Maxine Shapiro

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
avatar for Don Waisanen

Don Waisanen

Associate Professor, Baruch College, CUNY
Don Waisanen (USA) is an Associate Professor in the Baruch College, CUNY Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication—including executive speech training, communication strategy, and seminars on leadership, storytelling... Read More →


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

3:01pm

Workshop 1 Space 7a (D): Writing and Publishing AI Case Studies (45 min)

Workshop Description: Since 2014, Caitlin and Theresa have been working with Bloomsbury Press and 11 applied improvisers to collect, edit and publish a book of case studies called Applied Improvisation: Leading, Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre, which will be released next year. Come talk with the two co-editors and some of the contributing authors. We will share how the project started, some of our big challenges and successes, then spend the rest of the time on Q&A. We want to encourage and empower you write and publish your stories!


Host
avatar for Mike  Bonifer

Mike Bonifer

Founder, bigSTORY
Bonifer is the founder of bigSTORY is a network of story specialists and strategists who use co-created stories to build envisioned futures.

Speaker
avatar for Theresa Robbins Dudeck

Theresa Robbins Dudeck

Co-Founder/Creative Team, Global Improvisation Initiative (GII)
Theresa Robbins Dudeck, PhD, has taught improvisation all over the world in both academic and professional settings. She is considered one of the foremost teachers of Keith Johnstone’s Impro System of training. She wrote the critically acclaimed "Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin McClure

Caitlin McClure

Caitlin McClure has been using improv inside and outside of the theatre for most of her life. Her formative years were spent studying at BATS Improv and with Keith Johnstone. She now designs and facilitates experiential learning leadership development programs, worldwide. Caitlin... Read More →


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

3:01pm

Workshop 1 Space 8a (E): IMPROV RULES: Social-Emotional Development From The Classroom To The Consulting Room Using AI (45 min)

Workshop Description: The games and exercises used in Applied Improvisation utilize rules and agreements that produce the ideal social framework for exploring ideas and information. These rules allow improvisers onstage and people on the stage of life to create something wonderful together because they are designed to promote a space of psychological safety and mutual support. Research shows that skills and information learned in such a positive emotional atmosphere are more likely to be available when under stress in real-life situations. This workshop will examine the exciting breakthroughs in social-emotional learning applicable to therapeutic, educational and professional development settings. 


Host
avatar for Tracy Burns

Tracy Burns

I'm Burns, Burns Creative
My name is Tracy. I currently live in L.A. , but make me an offer and I could be persuaded to move. As with many improvisers, I do a variety of things. I teach acting and visual storytelling in animation studios including Pixar (Toy Story), DreamWorks (How to Train Your Dragon... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Jude Treder-Wolff

Jude Treder-Wolff

Consultant/trainer, Lifestage, Inc
Jude Treder-Wolff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Group Psychotherapist and Creative Arts Therapist who provides creativity-based training to health care, education and business professionals in New York and around the country. She is a Continuing Education Provider... Read More →


Friday August 25, 2017 3:01pm - 3:45pm
UCI Studio 4

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 Department... 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 teaches... 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 improvisation... Read More →


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

3:45pm

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.   


Host
avatar for Vivian Geffen

Vivian Geffen

CreativityMuse

Speaker
avatar for Amy Ressler

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

3:45pm

Workshop 1 Space 6b (D): Using Improv to Improve Individual & Group Effectiveness (45 min)

Workshop Description: This session is designed to share the results of my recently completed doctoral dissertation on the impact of theatrical improvisation on organizational effectiveness. The use of an experiential, arts-based curriculum that is centered around theatrical improvisation, when utilized for corporate employee training and development purposes, has the potential to have a transformational effect on individuals and organizations if planned and implemented in a thoughtful and purposeful manner. This interpretive case study explored the use of an improv-based training program for employee development purposes in order to understand the experiences of the study’s participants relative to the perceived impact and effectiveness of this training methodology, at both the individual and group levels. 


Host
avatar for Maxine Shapiro

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
avatar for Dave Olson

Dave Olson

Associate Professor of Arts Management, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Dr. Olson is an associate professor of arts management at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, an arts conservatory located in Winston-Salem, NC, where he has served as the director the MFA program in performing arts management. In addition, Dr. Olson has more than... Read More →



Friday August 25, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
UCI CAC Colloquium Room

3:45pm

Workshop 1 Space 7b (D): Once upon a time… Stories in Intercultural Communication (45 min)

Workshop Description: Stories provide entrée to relationships, are essential for prospective sharing and are a means of understanding and empowerment. Story frames are structured story prompts that can be used in intercultural communication. Prompts provide participants with “permission” to share, while at the same time allowing the stories to be directed to suit communicative goals.

We will explore the power of narrative, consider culturally sensitive approaches to narrative engagement, and develop our own story frames. The goal of this workshop is for all of us to become more narratively resourceful as we talk, listen, create, and celebrate the power of stories.


Host
avatar for Mike  Bonifer

Mike Bonifer

Founder, bigSTORY
Bonifer is the founder of bigSTORY is a network of story specialists and strategists who use co-created stories to build envisioned futures.

Speaker
avatar for Vicki Crooks

Vicki Crooks

Assistant Professor, University of Rio Grande
Dr. Vicki Crooks teaches Communication at University of Rio Grande, Ohio. She uses Applied Improvisation with students and has presented conference papers and workshops on the use of AI in educational settings. Recently, as a guest teacher in China, she used story prompts and improv... Read More →


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

3:45pm

Workshop 1 Space 8b (E): Finding Comfort in Play: AI for Psychosocial Support with Internally Displaced Children (45 min)

Workshop Description: Children have experienced armed conflicts and are living in internally displaced camps have limited access to play. Having lived with traumatic experiences ranging from loss of family member, closed relative or family home, these children carry a lot of untold burden with them. This workshop will take participants on a journey of how Applied Improvisation is been used to provide psychosocial support for children and persons displaced by insurgencies in Northeast Nigeria.


Host
avatar for Tracy Burns

Tracy Burns

I'm Burns, Burns Creative
My name is Tracy. I currently live in L.A. , but make me an offer and I could be persuaded to move. As with many improvisers, I do a variety of things. I teach acting and visual storytelling in animation studios including Pixar (Toy Story), DreamWorks (How to Train Your Dragon... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Oluwadamilola  Abdulai-Apotieri

Oluwadamilola Abdulai-Apotieri

Playback Nigeria, CEO
Oluwadamilola Apotieri-Abdulai (NG) is the CEO of Playback Nigeria and a member of the board of Centre for Playback Theatre (USA). He is a confidence coach and communication skills trainer dedicated to bringing effective change to individuals and organizations through theatre and... Read More →


Friday August 25, 2017 3:45pm - 4:30pm
UCI Studio 4
 
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
avatar for Farnaz Tabaee

Farnaz Tabaee

Founder, ImprovLead
Faculty, California State University Dominguez Hills

Speaker
avatar for Coonoor Behal

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
avatar for Maxine Shapiro

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
avatar for Cathy Salit

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

10:00am

Workshop 2 Space 9 (D): Shaking  up Traditional Learning Models (90 min)

Each year, The Detroit Creativity Project creates pathways to foster social and emotional learning for over 700 middle and high school students. A higher education researcher uses a faculty training methodology that improves student engagement and learning. An elementary teacher-turned-training strategist  applies innovative techniques to change the way students in Thailand and the U.S. develop literacy and engage with writing. Their secret? These practitioners know: improv works in education.  In this dynamic panel discussion and interactive workshop, participants will hear from three practitioners who dared to say yes. Find out what happens when improv shakes up traditional learning models.


Host
avatar for Katherine Kasmir

Katherine Kasmir

Executive Director, Straight Up / Reality Improv Connection

Speaker
avatar for Beth Hagenocker

Beth Hagenocker

Secretary/Treasurer, The Detroit Creativity Project
Beth Hagenlocker is co-founder of The Detroit Creativity Project, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth through creative experiences that foster social and emotional learning. Their flagship program, The Improv Project, offers free semester-long courses to middle and high school... Read More →
avatar for DeAnna Massie

DeAnna Massie

Assistant Professor, Lewis and Clark Comm College
DeAnna Massie, MFA, Ed.D., is a professional improviser, applied improv practitioner and educator dedicated to generating research and interest regarding improv as a tool for learning and engagement. Trained at Second City and Paper Slip Theatre, DeAnna has performed around the U.S... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Safran

Lisa Safran

Training Strategist & Executive Coach, Improv Consultants
Lisa Safran, MA, founder of Improv Consultants helps businesses and individuals, strengthen communication & leadership skills, and develop healthier teams through applied improvisation. She has facilitated programs around the U.S. and internationally. Lisa is the author of two books... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UCI CAC 3002

10:00am

Workshop 2 Space x10 (E): Improv and Health Care: Improving Doctor/Patient relationships (90 min)
Communication is the key that unlocks understanding. But what happens when the key doesn’t fit? All too often in health care, as well as our daily lives, we are assuming our roles and running on auto pilot which creates dissonance and misunderstanding within ourselves and those around us. Practicing improv puts us in a state of presence and shows us how we show up in the world when we are caught off guard and at our most vulnerable.  This is an invitation to let go of your identity and play. Build "communication fitness” to show up 100% and respond vs react, especially when challenged.  Experience how we bridge the gaps between doctors and patients during this fun improvisation session. Being a doctor is not required!

Host
DG

Debra Gerardi

Chief Creative Officer, Ehcco, LLC

Speaker
avatar for Izzy Gesell

Izzy Gesell

Organiztional Alchemist, IzzyG & Company
Izzy Gesell, MEd, CSP, is an “organizational alchemist” helping people navigate internal logjams to emerge more confident, spontaneous and effective. Through keynotes, breakouts, coaching and facilitated sessions, Izzy offers imaginative, intuitive and immediately useful insights... Read More →
avatar for Jason Pfeifer

Jason Pfeifer

Founder/Director, Improv Medicine
Bridging the gaps between health care professionals and their clients. Improv Medicine brings focuses on instilling authenticity and the ability to be present in the face of hardship through "Communication Fitness" workshops and improvisation games and activities.


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UCI CAC Colloquium Room

10:00am

Workshop 2 Space x12 (E): Producing Improvisation for Television (90 min)

Nancy Hower & John Lehr have produced completely improvised comedies for Sony, NBC, TBS, Comedy Central, Hulu and more.  What sets Hower & Lehr apart is their soup-to-nuts approach. In addition to creating, pitching and writing every episode of their shows, the team are  “Showrunners” -- they fully  produce every aspect of the day to day operations, dealing with everything from schedules to budgets. They have co-written the scripts for every episode with Hower directing and Lehr acting. This unique skill set puts them in a position to speak on all phases of improvised television production, which is exactly what they’ll do.


Host
Speaker
avatar for Nancy Hower

Nancy Hower

Nancy Hower co-created and wrote TBS’ “10 Items or Less”, Crackles’ “Jailbait” and Hulu’s comedy “Quick Draw,” She directed every episode for all three series. She has also directed many other TV and film projects. Hower graduated from Julliard  and performed in... Read More →
avatar for John Lehr

John Lehr

Parnter, Howler Monkey Productions
Lehr is a comedic performer, writer and producer working in television, film and theater.  Lehr starred as Leslie Pool in “10 Items or Less,” the half-hour improvisational comedy series from Sony on TBS.  He recently starred in “Quickdraw” on Hulu. Lehr co-created and executive... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UCI CAC 3100B

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
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 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
avatar for Mike Ganino

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

10:01am

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.  

*NO FALLING EXERCISES WILL BE PERFORMED AT THIS WORKSHOP.


Host
Speaker
avatar for Hal Peller

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
UCI MAB 129

10:01am

Workshop 2 Space x11 (E): The Art of Noticing (30 min)

We will play the simplest of games and start to notice more, to uncover people’s assumptions and the things that influence their behaviour.

I use this with teams and organisations to start conversations about behaviour, culture and how this affects how they work.

You will leave with simple ways to safely challenge people about the assumptions they are carrying around and question if they are useful.

Really simple, yet it gets to the heart of how we work together.


Host
avatar for Sue Walden

Sue Walden

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

Speaker
avatar for Colin Pinks

Colin Pinks

Director, Luminarum
My mission is to make the most of the human potential and help people to see the world, and each other differently. I’m passionate about how we collaborate and communicate in this interconnected yet disconnected world. I believe we need to fundamentally change the way we work and... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:01am - 10:30am
UCI Studio 4

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

Founder, bigSTORY
Bonifer is the founder of bigSTORY is a network of story specialists and strategists who use co-created stories to build envisioned futures.

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 friendly... 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
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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... Read More →


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

10:02am

Workshop 2 Space 8 (D): Using Improv for Negotiation Trainings (45 min)

In this interactive workshop, Valentin discussed his experiences with using improv exercises in negotiation (and management) trainings:   

  • What are the benefits of using improv in negotiation (and other management) trainings? 
  • What are possible pitfalls?
  • What is the integrative mindset, how is it similar to the improv mindset, and how can improv exercises help develop it?
  • What is the distributive mindset?

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 Department... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Valentin Ade

Valentin Ade

Negotiation trainer and researcher, Independant
Valentin Ade is a pracademic interested in negotiations that people make in business, (international) politics, and in their private lives. He uses improv exercises in his negotiation trainings. Valentin is based in Constance, Germany.


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:02am - 10:45am
UCI MAB 125

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
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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 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

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. 


Host
Speaker
avatar for Daniel Doyle

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

10:30am

Workshop 2 Space x11 (E): Virtually Fun: Moving In-Person Improv to Online Platforms (60 min)

Expand your offerings, grow your business, reach global audiences, bring improv to isolated populations, and deliver to today's distributed teams with improv online. We will share how we have worked with a Fortune 100 company to take our instructor-led training online to reach their global employee base. Using some of our best practices to keep virtual classrooms fun and interactive, we will explore how to adopt different activities and modalities online. We will also share our favorite platforms and functionalities. But don't worry--this session will take place in-person… for now!

 


Host
avatar for Sue Walden

Sue Walden

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

Speaker
avatar for Shana Merlin

Shana Merlin

Founder, Merlin Works
The Founder of Merlin Works, Shana Merlin is one of the most experienced and effective improv teachers in Central Texas. Presenting and performing nationwide, some of her clients have included Dell, Goodwill, Apple, The University of Texas and HP. Shana founded Merlin Works, in 2003... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
UCI MAB 129

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

Founder, bigSTORY
Bonifer is the founder of bigSTORY is a network of story specialists and strategists who use co-created stories to build envisioned futures.

Speaker
avatar for Chris Esparza

Chris Esparza

Director of Diversity, Inclusion, & Leadership Development, University of Oregon School of Law
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 School of Law (but am an L.A. native!). My current curiosities infuse... 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 director... Read More →


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

10:45am

Workshop 2 Space 8 (D): Applied Improvisation and Drama for Second Language Education (45 min)

This presentation will outline and demonstrate techniques for applying improvisation and drama in the teaching of a second language, as well as discuss the strengths and challenges of this approach.  Specifically, the experiences of the speaker teaching in a Chinese language environment will be addressed.  Following the presentation, there will be practical demonstration of some techniques, as well as time for discussion and sharing among participants.

 


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 Department... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for John Maloney

John Maloney

Professor, Tainan University
John Maloney is a theater director and professor of drama living in Taiwan.  For the past ten years, he has been developing English through Drama curriculum at Tainan University of Technology, with the aim of developing confidence and fluency. 


Saturday August 26, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
UCI MAB 125