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Friday, March 13 • 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Applied Improv: Change The Way You Look at Work

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At its heart, Improv isn't about being funny. Rather, it's about re-learning how to play well with others. Embracing the simple joys that we brought to our activities as children.
Developing the skills necessary to become a great improviser -- being connected, listening, unconditional trust, saying "yes," and staying in the moment -- can transform the workplace.
In this two and a half hour long session, we will lead participants through improv exercises and discuss how fear of the unknown can breakdown team dynamic, cause inefficiencies, and stifle creative problem solving. And how, by reframing the way we think about collaboration, we can change the way we work.
The great thing about improv instruction is is that it's experiential in nature. We will debrief and discuss the concepts, but the dirty secret is that your team will get the benefits simply by doing the exercises!

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Michael Jastroch

Improv Instructor, Coldtowne Theater
Michael Jastroch writes and performs with Austin's ColdTowne Theater, winning several awards for his improv including “Best Comedy Group 2008” in the Austin Chronicle Reader’s poll and the B. Iden Payne award for “Outstanding Improv Ensemble.” His sketch project, Lovey and... Read More →
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Rachel Madorsky

Improv Instructor, Coldtowne Theater
Rachel Madorsky, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist, transformational relationship coach, teacher, speaker, actor and improviser. She received her BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and MSSA in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.  Rachel is an alumnus of The Second... Read More →

Pierce Purselley

Exec Producer, Mortified Austin

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon F

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