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Tuesday, August 22
 

10:00am

Option D: LEVEL-UP APPLIED IMPROVISATION (for Facilitators and Trainers)
 Do you work with (or want to work with) groups, organizations, and individuals, and add a ton of new activities, techniques, and concepts to your toolkit? Whether your focus is business, education, social/medical services or personal growth, this is the learning journey for you! Throughout the day, Alan Montague and Izzy Gesell will provide you with theories and exercises that you can use in your work.

Host
avatar for Vivian Geffen

Vivian Geffen

CreativityMuse

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 and programs. Among the first to use Improv Theater concepts as tools for personal and organizational learning, he is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed from Improvisation Theater, a co-author of Humor Me... Read More →
avatar for Alan Montague

Alan Montague

Senior Learning Technology Manager, Prologis
Alan Montague has been in the Learning world since 1997 and in AIN since 2004. He received his Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) designation in 2011 from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), has been a featured presenter at the ATD International Con... Read More →


Tuesday August 22, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
California Endowment Center 1000 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

10:15am

Option B: WILD, WONDERFUL WEST

From singing cowboys  to Latino political movements, to a super-playful  games and toys exhibit, you’ll get a VIP tour of this one-of-a-kind collection of art and iconography from the American West, located in beautiful Griffith Park north of downtown L.A. Your Journey continues as AIN facilitators conduct a workshop on multicultural communication for Autry employees and AIN members. 


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 services. Marc uses applied improvisation strategies in all areas of his practice. AIN and Marc found each other a few years ago when he... 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 →
avatar for Barbara Tint

Barbara Tint

Trainer, Professor, Self and Portland State University
Barbara Tint is a Psychologist and Professor of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University and many other Universities worldwide.  She is also a global trainer, facilitator, and consultant in areas of conflict resolution, dialogue, gender relations, intercultural dynamics, power and status, leadership and change. She has been studying and applying improvisation since 2009 and serves as the President of the Applied Improvisation Network. She wonders if... Read More →


Tuesday August 22, 2017 10:15am - 4:45pm
Autry Museum of the American West

10:45am

Option A: UN-FAKE NEWS
Your chance to help Un-Fake the News! First, you’ll take a guided tour through the history of L.A., as experienced through the archives and classic art deco architecture of the L.A. Times, the city’s newspaper of record. You’ll lunch with Times management, and then participate in a workshop exploring the future of journalism in L.A., with Times employees.

Location: Los Angeles Times

 

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 d... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Bård Brænde

Bård Brænde

Founder, Curious AS


Tuesday August 22, 2017 10:45am - 4:45pm
Los Angeles Times

11:00am

Option C: GANGSTA GARDEN & CULTURAL EXCHANGE

The L.A. story has been influenced by many cultures, one of the most profound being its African American roots. This Learning Journey takes you on a tour of two of South Central L.A.’s most storied venues, Liemert Park, a hub of African American culture in L.A., and Ron Finley’s ‘Gangsta Garden,’a world landmark in the food justice movement. Includes soul food and an improv jam session with local artists at the World Stage in Liemert Park. 


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 →
avatar for Kosta Duncan

Kosta Duncan

Mythologist, Insight Reality

Speaker
avatar for Jenny Drescher

Jenny Drescher

Co-Founder, ConnectAnd Improv, LLC
avatar for Ellen Ornato

Ellen Ornato

Co-Founder, ConnectAnd Improv, LLC


Tuesday August 22, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm
Gangsta Garden & Leimert Park
 
Wednesday, August 23
 

10:00am

Option A: THE QUEST: HOLLYWOOD

Jeanne Lambin conducts her world renowned workshop, The Quest, in one of the world’s most story-rich environments, Hollywood Boulevard, on a Journey book-ended by The Chinese Theatre in the morning, and the iOWest Theater in the afternoon, with the Hollywood Walk of Fame in between.


Host
avatar for Kosta Duncan

Kosta Duncan

Mythologist, Insight Reality

Speaker
avatar for Jeanne M Lambin

Jeanne M Lambin

Founder, Lamb Ink
Jeanne Lambin is a storyteller, writer, educator, and performer and a native of Chicago. She studied improvisation at iO (then Improv Olympic) with the legendary Del Close. In 2014, she left her career in academia, relocated to Hong Kong, and established a small company, Lamb Ink... Read More →


Wednesday August 23, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Hollywood & Highland

10:00am

Option B: DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIO TOUR & CREATIVITY WORKSHOP

It’s a dream Journey for fans of animation. You’ll first tour Disney’s newly-remodeled Animation Building, then participate in a lunchtime discussion and demonstration of applied improv with Disney artists in the Animation Studio Theater. Following lunch, you’ll participate in a workshop with Disney Animation’s communication team, facilitated by AIN members. Your memorable Journey will conclude with a tour of the Walt Disney Studios, conducted by legendary Disney storyteller, Howard E. Green. 


Host
avatar for Joel Veenstra

Joel Veenstra

Faculty, University of California, Irvine
Joel Veenstra, M.F.A., (Chair, 2017 AIN World Conference - Southern California) teaches improvisation, stage management, and production at the University of California, Irvine. He promotes the interconnection of all of these areas in his work as well as in life itself. He is currently exploring applied applications of improvisation with UC Irvine’s Program in Nursing Science and teaching improvisation applications at The Paul Merage School of Business. Veenstra produces improvisation investigations, including UC Irvine's annual... Read More →

Speaker
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 →
avatar for Paul Z Jackson

Paul Z Jackson

Paul Z Jackson is a leader in the application of improvisation in the UK and around the world. Co-founder and co-President of the Applied Improvisation Network, he designs and leads projects, workshops and training programmes that transform lives by developing collaborative skills. In addition to his extensive corporate work with clients including P&G, Crossrail, Tate, Amex, Google and Carnival, Paul has taught and lectured at the London Actors Centre, the CIPD, Aalto, Imperial and London Business Schools.He draws on his experiences in journalism, comedy production and the BBC. A graduate of Oxford University, he is co-author of the ground-breaking book, The Solutions Focus – Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE, rated as one of the Top 30 business books of the year in the USA, The Resilience Pocketbook and the study guide Positively Speaking – the art of constructive conversations with a solutions focus. His other books include Impro Learning, 58½ Ways To Improvise In Training, The Inspirational Trainer and Easy.More information here... Read More →


Wednesday August 23, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Walt Disney Animation Studios

10:00am

Option C: THE WAY OF THE MINDFUL IMPROVISER
Like many wisdom traditions, mindfulness and improvisation can help us slow down, get present, and connect authentically.

When woven together, mindfulness gains a playful, interactive expression and improv develops a well-grounded depth. Together, they cultivate the kind of courageous, creative, charismatic presence that helps us savor life's blessings and respond artfully to life's challenges.

This workshop will offer a glimpse into the power that comes from combining these traditions. Together, we'll create a safe learning lab that uses experiential exercises to sharpen self-awareness and revitalize relationship with the outside world. Well train the muscles of playful attention, dig into the power of “Yes, and,” retrain our reactions to so-called failure, and learn to connect with ourselves and others more resourcefully through acting coach Patsy Rodenburg’s “Second Circle” of awareness. And we'll do all that while laughing a lot.

Prerequisites
Please note: All levels of improvisation and mindfulness experience are welcome.

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 services. Marc uses applied improvisation strategies in all areas of his practice. AIN and Marc found each other a few years ago when he... Read More →

Speaker
avatar for Ted DesMaisons

Ted DesMaisons

Founder and Principal, Anima Learning
Ted DesMaisons has been synthesizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning for over 25 years. Since completing graduate work at Stanford Business and Harvard Divinity schools, Ted has studied and performed improvisation across North America, including with Patricia Ryan... Read More →


Wednesday August 23, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
California Endowment Center 1000 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012