2012 San Francisco

Conference Details

Learning Journey

Thursday September 20th Registration 9am-10am (busses leave at 10am!)

Main Conference

Thursday September 20th 6pm – Conference Reception

 For more details check out the Full Conference Program
What can you expect?

The AIN conference is an exciting, energizing, group of practitioners who come together for professional play. The nature of improvisation is open, creative, play where people will just go along with whatever you offer – games, discussion, or just taking a joke and running with it.

You can expect to:

  • Learn new insights and activities you can use
  • Make new professional connections
  • Make new friends
  • Get a wide variety of perspectives
  • Laugh more often than “normal” days
  • To be part of a conference unlike most you have attended before
  • Experience a spirit of sharing and openness toward work, tools, activies

Learning Journeys

We are excited to offer 3 distinct learning journeys that will let you get out into the Bay Area and see some of the diversity in how improv is being applied.

 Improv in Higher Education at Stanford University

Stanford, like many world class universities, is using improv in creativity, leadership communication, and team dynamics in a wide variety of disciplines including the design school (d.school), Graduate School of Business, Medical School. Included will be a tour the world renowned d.school and have an interactive creativity workshop.

Global Biodiversity at Academy of Science

Explore the inspirational California Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park. Experience complexity  in relationship to improvisation. Meet staff and learn how spontaneity and collaboration are in daily use with living exhibits in this amazing living building.

SF Jazz

SFJazz is a vibrant organization that promotes the improvisational music of Jazz. We will visit a fantastic Jazz venue and see how SF Jazz combines improv, jazz, and students in their outreach program and hear some talented artists, great music and an amazing program.

Keynote

Join Gary Muszynski and One World Music as they open the AIN conference on a high note through the international language of music. Combining audience interaction with improvised ensemble playing, Gary and his world-class musical collaborators will also riff on the themes of orchestration, collaboration, and improvisation as a model for inspired leadership. Be prepared to be entertained, engaged and transformed in this dynamic interactive keynote.

Gary Muszynski and One World Music AIN Conference Keynote “Ain’t No Drum Circle!”

Gary Muszynski, founder of One World Music, has a hearty laugh. “This ain’t no drum circle! I mean, nothing against drum circles. Music is one of the oldest symbolic languages humans have to give voice to our humanity. And growth happens between chaos and order,” he says.

Muszynski, who has been using music to bring tribes together for 25 years, believes ensemble music has a key place at the creativity table. “Music gives voice to our aspirations and it is a way of connecting people. That matters for collaboration as improvisers. It’s our ability to listen and respond in the moment,” he passionately explains. “It’s about being open to being influenced by your ensemble. That’s the heart of improvisation. This year planning committee decided to expand that definition to include music and we’re excited to show people at the conference that this is about the precise application of an art form.”

Our brains love juxtaposition. Says Muszynski, “The brain loves both comfort and novelty and surprise at the same time; and music offers that.” As any great concert illustrates, music remains one of the most powerful metaphors for audience cohesion and collaboration – drum circles or not!

Join Gary and One World Music for an innovative AIN keynote that will leave you inspired, feeling connected as a community, and will demonstrate how music can catalyze ensemble collaboration!

 

ABOUT Gary Muszynski: Gary is a recognized world leader on the application of music and the performing arts to the fields of leadership, collaboration, organizational development and creativity. Besides a client list that includes many Fortune 500 companies, he has taught at the Center for Creative Leadership, the Stanford School of Business, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As the Chief Engagement Officer at One World Music, a global training and development firm, Gary is committed to helping leaders and their teams navigate though conflict and complexity by leveraging the power of collective intelligence. Gary makes his home in Oakland, California.

Visit One World Music online.

Themes

Collaborate

by Koray Tarhan
by Bernie DeKoven
by Caitlin Frost
by Carrie Caudle
by Al Razavi
by Zohar Adner
by Alex Cleberg
by Alan Montague
by Gary Schwartz
by Gary Hirsch
by Karelisa Hartigan
by William Hall
Com & Coll

by Owen Walker
by Barbara Tint Simo Routarinne
by Kat Koppett
by Kathy Klotz-Guest
by Pamela Meyer
Communicate

by Belina Raffy Caron Bradshaw
by Patricia Ryan-Madson
by Kathy Klotz-Guest
by Rebecca Stockley
by Rich Cox
by Sue Walden
by Alex Cleberg
by Greg Hohn
by Bridget Quigg
by Beth St. Clair
by Susanne Schinko-Fischli
Inn & Trans

by Belina Raffy Caron Bradshaw
by Brent Darnell
by David Matthew Prior
by Jennifer McGinnis
by Leif Hansen
by Adam Blatner
by Chris Sams
by Chris Marcell Murchison
by Paul (Sparky) Johnson
by Rebecca Stockley Matt Smith
Innovate

by Aneta Key
by Diego Ibanez
by Mary Tyszkiewicz
by Hsiao-Hsien Wu
by Lisa Safran
by Mary Jane Pories
by Drew Tarvin
by Genie Joseph
by Kristin Crowley
by Lisa Safran
by Max Shafer
Transform

by Brad Robertson
by Chris Marcell Murchison
by Diane Rachel
by Drew Tarvin
by Patrick Short Jeff Kramer
AINx

When Finance met Impro
by Belina Raffy Caron Bradshaw
Friday 10:30
AINx
Communicate
Golden Gate
Description
Belina & her client Caron describe the unlikely combination of applied improvisation and finance – why Caron chose improvisation as a core skill for her financial executive members, their program ‘Prepare for change’ and the results so far.
Bio
Belina uses applied improvisation to support the development of ‘thrivability’ skills in organisations around the world. Caron is the CEO of the Charity Finance Group, the leading charity for charity finance professionals in the UK. Barrister & life long supporter of the not for profit sector.
Write Write Write
by Patricia Ryan-Madson
Friday 10:30
AINx
Communicate
Golden Gate
Description
WRITE WRITE WRITE and PUBLISHI Improvisers need to become writers. The magic that we all know in the classroom needs to be shared around the world through our stories. We must do more than blog and make FB posts. Improvisers: sit down at your word processor and write that book. It could change a life!
Bio
Author of IMPROV WISDOM: DON’T PREPARE, JUST SHOW UP and professor Emerita from Stanford University. In the Drama Department she was the head of the undergraduate acting program and In 1998 she was the winner of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Innovation in Undergraduate Education. She founded the Stanford Improvisors. A popular corporate trainer she teaches at Esalen, and for Continuing Studies at Stanford.
Think Like an Improviser, Speak Like a Customer.
by Kathy Klotz-Guest
Friday 10:30
AINx
Communicate
Golden Gate
Description
This is a short talk designed to give examples of how to tell stories about customer successes. Even if we applied improvisation to specific problems clients experience, talking about the how of improvisation is a disservice to us and to our client. It diminishes the focus on results – that applied improvisation gets results! This talk will discuss ways to present our solutions so customers get it! I will reference examples from high-tech, healthcare, and customer service. The *how* of improvisation isn’t as important as the results, the *what.* This is all about how to present the *what!*
Bio
Kathy Klotz-Guest MA, MBA is CEO of Keeping it Human. Kathy turns marketing-speak into human-speak customers will hear, and helps teams innovate by getting “unstuck.” She performs with the ComedySportz SJ Rec League.
Applied Improvisation: What?
by Rebecca Stockley
Friday 10:30
AINx
Communicate
Golden Gate
Description
What is Applied Improvisation? There are as many definitions as there are practitioners. I first applied improvisation in the 80s, the term was co-created 10 years ago with the forming of AIN, we have thousands of members, 200 practitioners attending this conference, yet the title, “Applied Improvisation” is still not in common usage. Let’s put ‘Applied Improvisation’ into our modern lexicon.
Bio
Rebecca Stockley is an Applied Improviser. Rebecca has Applied Improvisation with companies and organizations all over the world. She Applies Improvisation in facilitation, instructional design, training, and 1:1 coaching.
Speak their Language
by Rich Cox
Friday 10:30
AINx
Communicate
Golden Gate
Description
How do you talk to your prospects and clients? The language you use is the difference between booking clients and wondering why they go with something else. Its not hard, and you already have the skills you need to succeed.
Bio
Rich Cox, Business and Performance Coach, combines years of experience in business, finance and technology with his extensive work in leadership communication and improvisational theater at Stanford, London Business School and companies and organizations around the world.
Translating Yes, And for Business Cultures
by Sue Walden
Friday 10:30
AINx
Communicate
Golden Gate
Description
In the style of a TED talk, this 15 min presentation focuses on a way to communicate one of our core values/skills, the “Yes, And’, so that it doesn’t activate resistance in corporate clients. In addition, the audience will participate in an exercise that can help our clients experience the function and appropriate use of the ‘Yes, And”. This exercise also offers a tool to access the process and mindset at any time.
Bio
Sue Walden, ImprovWorks! BA/Education, 37 years teaching/performing improv, plus 33 years adapting & applying improvisation skills for corporations, coaches and individuals. Author, speaker, trainer of trainers, workshop design consultant.
Develop Organizational Talent
by Alex Cleberg
Friday 15:45
AINx
Collaborate
Golden Gate
Description
We know improvisational art has the power to create something completely new. How do we connect these with the challenges of today’s organizations? After this, you will have three ways to describe improvisational art that will be relevant to leaders looking to develop talent in organizations.
Bio
Alex Cleberg works with immigrant and home grown entrepreneurs. He travels the world learning and educating about micro enterprise. His love of improvisation started 10 years ago.
Organizational Learning
by Alan Montague
Friday 15:45
AINx
Collaborate
Golden Gate
Description
Certifiably Professional. In 2011 I became intimately familiar with the ASTD Compentency Model for Workplace Learning and Performance as I studied for and attained my Certified Professional in Learning & Performance designation. In this 5 minute talk I will introduce that model to you and share why I chose certification.
Bio
Alan has been in the Training World for over 15 years. Last year he joined a total of less than 1600 people worldwide Certified as a Professional in Learning & Performance.
Accidental Follow the Follower
by Gary Schwartz
Friday 15:45
AINx
Collaborate
Golden Gate
Description
Viola Spolin pioneered improvisation training which changed the culture of entertainment and the arts in the 20th century. Her work goes beyond that. It is a map that points to a fundamental change in the way we can interact with each other spontaneously without fear, or artifice. I will profile Spolin and talk about where her work can lead us in the future.
Bio
Gary Schwartz is an actor/writer/director with more than 35 years experience teaching Improvisation to fellow professionals, business people, educators and groups of all kinds. Gary’s mentor and teacher was Viola Spolin, known as the mother of Improvisation. He is the foremost practitioner of Spolin’s techniques and teaches in the US and abroad.
Meet Your Monster
by Gary Hirsch
Friday 15:45
AINx
Collaborate
Golden Gate
Description
Doodling monsters leads to improvising, which leads to improvising with monsters…and robots, and all sorts of other creatures. If you’re improvising with a domino robot are you really improvising with yourself? We’ll find out.
Bio
Gary is the founder of On Your Feet. OYF has been exploring the off stage applications of improv for the past 16 years with a network of folks based in Portland, NYC, St.Paul, Dublin, London, and Madrid. Gary is also the creator of Botjoy: an army of hand-painted domino robots that wonder the earth looking for joy, bravery, love, and coffee.
Improv & Veterans: Building Transitions Through Improv
by Karelisa Hartigan
Friday 15:45
AINx
Collaborate
Golden Gate
Description
I use improv in a “Social Skills in Transition” course at Veterans Domicile – a rehab home for formerly homeless/addicted veterans. My program assists them in learning skills they will need in their new life style. It is a unique program in the area and beginning to get wider attention. A TED presentation
Bio
Former Classics Professor, current improv and on-stage actress. Created applied improv program for Veterans in rehabilitation facility. 1
Improv Partners
by William Hall
Friday 15:45
AINx
Collaborate
Golden Gate
Description
Bio
Transforming Executives
by Aneta Key
Saturday 10:30
AINx
Innovate
Golden Gate
Description
The top of the organization, can be a windy, lonely, visible, introspective place revealing great new horizons and wakening great fear of heights. As a trusted advisor to Senior Executives, how can the improv mindset and bag of tricks equip you to inspire your clients to move forward?
Bio
Executive Muse? CEO consigliere? Decision making guru? Leadership Capacity liberator? Aneta Key is top-notch, big-wig advisor, facilitator, trainer, and speaker helping executives manage growth, change, risk and uncertainty.
Helping sales reps to be extremely flexible
by Diego Ibanez
Saturday 10:30
AINx
Innovate
Golden Gate
Description
Absurdia Teatro has began to collaborate with Human Resouce training companies. We have started with a specific program to improve the quality of the Sales teams of companies. We are working to CHANGE the way the interact with end users and this includes the way they listen to their end users and basically the idea of the program is to improve the assertiveness of the sales person,.
Bio
Tomas Alvarez is an IT engineer and auditor. He started in the theater world 10 years ago and has performed in several plays and improv formats in Spain. Co-founder of Absurdia Teatro a performance, events, training and Applied Improv company.
Heroic Improvisation: Building Heroic Communities to Respond to Disaster
by Mary Tyszkiewicz
Saturday 10:30
AINx
Innovate
Golden Gate
Description
Disaster situations are high-stakes environments — where decisions made have consequences for life and property. The heroic improvisation process I will describe shows how can we foster a supportive collective decision making environment in hostile circumstances for creativity. In a disaster, fear can be used as a guide to what is necessary. Practicing fearlessness in a group gives access to imagination for fresh responses in disasters. The result of fearlessness is capacity to be completely adaptable because group creates space for something new to happen. The key to create creativity in disaster is to practice as individuals and community teams. The heroic improvisation process demands skills on three levels: honing individual players, building spontaneous teams, and testing experienced teams.
Bio
Dr. Mary Tyszkiewicz uses twenty years of policy research for the US Government to create exercises for elected officials to practice crisis decision making during disasters using improv techniques.
One Small step for me, One Giant IMPROV for Taiwan
by Hsiao-Hsien Wu
Saturday 10:30
AINx
Innovate
Golden Gate
Description
10 years ago, I took my first improv class here at Ft Mason. 10 years later, I am coming back to share how improv has changed me and how I change Taiwan using improv and how I change myself from a conference participant to a presenter right in front of you.
Bio
Hsiao-Hsien found Guts Improv-the first improv theatre in Taiwan after studying at BATS in 2003. She holds a BA in Drama & a MFA in Theatre Management, which makes her a great applied improv person to mix up improv with real world. She is the translator of “Improv Wisdom” in traditional Chinese version.
Improvisation to Build Literacy
by Lisa Safran
Saturday 10:30
AINx
Innovate
Golden Gate
Description
My 5 minute talk will be about the profound changes that happened over the course of a 3 day international student workshop in improvisation and how those changes led to the development of the book I wrote, Reading and Writing Come Alive: Using Improvisation to Build Literacy. “
Bio
Lisa Safran, of ImprovConsultants, facilitates programs for educators, businesses, and organizations using improvisation. Author of Reading and Writing Come Alive: Using Improvisation to Build Literacy, Lisa demonstrates how to apply improvisation in the classroom and beyond.
Quit Winging It: Improvise!
by Mary Jane Pories
Saturday 10:30
AINx
Innovate
Golden Gate
Description
Artists, in this case improvisers, often boast about their ability to “wing it.” They downplay the discipline that leads to mastery. This session highlights how preparation and practice actually strengthen spontaneous brilliance in the moment.
Bio
Fishladder Inc., founded in 1999 by Mary Jane Pories, uses improvisation to help people navigate change by improving their ability to act intelligently and with integrity in unpredictable situations.
Clients Don’t Care
by Brad Robertson
Saturday 15:45
AINx
Transform
Golden Gate
Description
Bio
OYF Partner. Formerly at Portland State University as Director of Business Outreach Program, formerly formerly owner of Snow Dee Lite, a shaved ice empire.
Yes and Courageous Experimentation at Work
by Chris Marcell Murchison
Saturday 15:45
AINx
Transform
Golden Gate
Description
Introducing improv to an organization can be a tricky prospect. Staff at HopeLab initially thought of improv as something only actors and comedians did and that was something none of them were willing to try – oh no! Therefore, bringing improv to HopeLab and convincing staff to be open to it, and to try it, was a big challenge. This talk will present the story of how we got over this hurdle and successfully brought improv into our organization and this impact this has had on individuals and our culture.
Bio
Chris (aka Marcell) is a baker, dancer, film-goer, writer, arts/creative type, and general bricoleur. He is also the Vice President for Staff Development, Learning and Innovation at HopeLab Foundation. Chris is passionate about the myriad creative ways that improv can be applied at work and in life and loves experimenting in both arenas.
Brain/Physics
by Diane Rachel
Saturday 15:45
AINx
Transform
Golden Gate
Description
A short talk presenting research on quantum physics and a demo with audience volunteers.
Bio
Diane Rachel is a professional Improviser who performs regularly with San Francisco’s renowned Bats Improv and True Fiction Magazine. She is a member of teaching staff at Bats Improv and Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. With gratitude Diane has been honored to work under the umbrella of Bats Improv with such companies as Nike, Old Navy, Barclays Global Investors, Tribal DDB and Levis Strauss and Co. She uses Improvisational techniques to inspire and enhance the lives of companies and the individuals who support them.
Defining Improvisation
by Drew Tarvin
Saturday 15:45
AINx
Transform
Golden Gate
Description
Your definition of improvisation is wrong. This session is about looking at the definition of improvisation and examining how it can be leveraged further than it is today.
Bio
Drew is a corporate humorist, author, and comedian. He writes and speaks on a variety of topics, including humor in the workplace, communication, relationships, problem-solving, productivity, strategic disengagement, and leadership.
Win Them in 2 Minutes
by Patrick Short Jeff Kramer
Saturday 15:45
AINx
Transform
Golden Gate
Description
Win the First Two Minutes: Reassuring the Tough Guys and Scared y Cats Among Your Participants’ We’ve all been there. People come to a session and all they know is ‘it’s improv’ or ‘team building’. Certain types of client participants fall into traps of their own design and start your workshop by hating it; their hatred brings everyone else down and can bring everything to a halt. Jeff and Patrick have all but eliminated this ongoing problem in their work. We’ll learn how to relate better to corporate groups, and learn some essential strategies to transform ‘those problem clients’ into successes.
Bio
Jeff Kramer (1985) and Patrick Short (1987) have played, taught, led and managed ComedySportz for a long time. Both have designed and led hundreds of workshops for companies like Intel, Nike, Cisco, E-Bay, Google, GE, IBM and Swiss Colony; schools, churches, sports teams and NGOs.
BREAKOUT

Two P’s of improv for Social Change.
by Alex Cleberg
Friday 12:00
BREAKOUT
Communicate
Golden Gate
Description
How is improvisation the answer to your organization’s particular challenge? Alex and Tane detail how they used improvisational exercises and performances to help participants take actions for change. On the exercise perspective, Alex shows how he took a particular challenge within the intercultural training field and created an experiential solution using improvisational exercises. Alex details the four elements that must be built into each workshop ensuring participants take action immediately after the session. Tane shows how improvisational performance can be used to create solutions within the social advocacy and public policy arenas. Both Alex’s exercises and Tane’s performances rely on collaborations within their particular communities to make sure improv is solving specific issues, not just fun to watch.
Bio
Alex Cleberg works with immigrant and home grown entrepreneurs. He travels the world learning and educating about micro enterprise. His love of improvisation started 10 years ago.
Why Emotion Works
by Greg Hohn
Friday 12:00
BREAKOUT
Communicate
C370
Description
We will begin by playing at least improv exercise that focuses on conveying emotion. Emphasis will be placed on non-verbal expression. Then we will move to individual, improvised, passionate presentations. Volunteers will speak and the facilitator and group will give feedback and coaching. Throughout the session there will be opportunities for discussion (but not TOO much as 45 minutes goes by very fast).
Bio
Greg is a senior lecturer at the Univ. of North Carolina’s business school, teaching Applied Improv since 2000. He has taught at Duke Univ. and presents AI programs in other academic and corporations, settings. Greg joined Transactors Improv in 1989 and has been its director since 1996.
Network Like an Improviser
by Bridget Quigg
Friday 12:00
BREAKOUT
Communicate
BATS Theater
Description
Fearless Friendship: How Improviisation Makes You More Like-able In a world where networking gets you the job, how do you go beyond ‘linking’ with someone to actually having them care about you? You improvise! The rules of improv give us all the instruction needed to quickly create and maintain relationships that last. Accept, offer, listen, do not block, reincorporate, address the five senses, and more – these tips are networking goldmines. We will work through a series of interactive games and exercises, based upon improv principles, so everyone can practice creating a connection that makes the person they are talking to feel happily ‘accepted.’ We will explore what humans want, at a most basic level, and how a generous and fearless improviser can give it to them.
Bio
Writer, comedian and musician Bridget Quigg (Stanford ’98) taught ‘Unblock Your Brilliance: Writing Through Improvsiation’ at AIN Amsterdam and her one-woman show ‘Almost Female: A Jockette’s Awesome Journey’ sold out in her hometown of Seattle in 2011.
Building Customer Connection through AI
by Beth St. Clair
Friday 12:00
BREAKOUT
Communicate
C205
Description
What do customer loyalty and applied improvisation have in common? Research shows that customer loyalty is driven mostly by emotion – and that customers are demanding an emotional connection to the products and services they purchase – more than ever before. For customer service professionals, this represents a new skill – and mindset! Applied Improvisational techniques can help. This session focuses on defining these “connection” skills while practicing building them through improvisational exercises. This session is a case study from an actual consulting project and uses a train-the-trainers model. Session objectives include: define the skills required for a customer connection and apply improvisation techniques to support building them.
Bio
Beth St. Clair is the Principal of ACTUP Consulting, a consulting company committed to supporting leaders in “acting up” or taking action to meet their potential. Beth is an executive coach, leadership and team effectiveness consultant, and improviser.
Status – how to work with it and how to change it for a better communication
by Susanne Schinko-Fischli
Friday 12:00
BREAKOUT
Communicate
C210
Description
Status is a wonderful Improv technique to learn more about non-verbal and verbal Communication. The participants in this workshop will learn more about their own status, how to change it and how to work with status in their professional lives.
Bio
I was born 1972 in Austria. I studied Acting and Psychology at the University of Vienna and at UCSD. Then I started to perform Improv on stage. Since 2000 I also work as an independent facilitator for companies, using Improv in my workshops and teaching Improv. 2007 I moved to Switzerland.
Walk Your Talk
by Owen Walker
Friday 13:45
BREAKOUT
Com & Coll
C210
Description
Take a dive into into Action Theater – physical theater improvisation.. The heart of Action Theater is the development of embodied presence which can be cultivated through our attention to the moment-to-moment details of experience.  This practice provides skills which enable integration of physical, emotional and cognitive experience. The form gives equal value to each of these levels of awareness, with an understanding the interdependency of the three modes. Any change in one affects the others. When we allow ourselves to go beyond our concept of what is happening and play inside the details, we perform everyday alchemy. In this session we will be on our feet and in our bodies. We will enact a dynamic group score which focuses on ensemble awareness and rapid changes of mind and body. We will also create collaborative narratives that require surrender and leadership simultaneously.   The skills taught in this session will facilitate connection to ourselves and others as we perform in our lives as leaders, teachers, artists and collaborators. Connect, surrender!
Bio
Owen Walker is an actor who improvises. The founder of Action Theater Bay Area, he teaches and performs both locally and nationally. As one of only five Senior teachers of Action Theater, Owen is dedicated to bringing the tools of improvisation to a wide range of people. He has worked with management teams at Google, a physicians group, and an association of people with Parkinson’s disease. He has also been a guest teacher at Mills College, Brandeis University, Tufts University, Emerson College and Moving on Center.
Playing with Status and Conflict Resolution
by Barbara Tint Simo Routarinne
Friday 13:45
BREAKOUT
Com & Coll
C260
Description
This will be an interactive workshop exploring the interplay between status, conflict and conflict resolution. Successful conflict resolution and status work are about conscious, intentional choice and skills that can be developed. In this workshop we invite you to play with us where we will use real and imagined conflict scenarios to experiment with using status to shift dynamics of conflict. We will explore various types of conflict, the ways in which we get stuck in competition or avoidance and the ways in which attention to status issues can move us to greater collaboration and resolution. A brief discussion on status and conflict will lead us into scene work where participants will have the opportunity to play with different status choices in their conflict scenarios. Come play, learn and share your ideas on these topics – we welcome your participation, input and fun.
Bio
Barbara Tint is a Professor of Conflict Resolution at Portland State University and the University of Oregon and a consultant, facilitator, trainer to a wide variety of organizations. Trained as a psychologist, she uses experiential theatre methods and applied improvisation in her work helping people understand, resolve and transform conflict scenarios. She works with individuals, social and political groups and private sector organizations. She has conducted trainings and facilitated processes in Australia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Israel/Palestine, France, India, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and with African diaspora communities and multicultural groups in the U.S. She is a specialist in dialogue facilitation, intergroup conflict dynamics, intercultural conflict resolution and power issues in conflict. She has authored a number of book chapters and journal articles on related topics and has provided presentations and keynote speeches at multiple venues around the world. In her spare time, she is currently taking more improv classes, trying to improve her French and searching for the perfect chocolate. Based in Finland, originally trained as an actor, Simo Routarinne is now a professional improviser, interaction designer, great facilitator and one of the world’s leaders in Status Training. In the last 20 years he has given inspirational keynotes, training and facilitating sessions in corporate settings and lectured in several universities in Finland and abroad. He has studied improvisation under the quidance of Keith Johnstone and translated Keith Johnstone’s book Impro in 1996. He has written two books of his own since then, Improvise! In 2004 and Power in Interaction 2007. In 2011 he launched the Status Games card deck, a powerful learning tool of body language and status.
Status and Story Mash-up
by Kat Koppett
Friday 13:45
BREAKOUT
Com & Coll
BATS Theater
Description
Two of the most delicious areas of improv exploration are story and status. By combining these topics, we will explore the wide range of stories that can be told, and the diverse ways storytelling can be applied in development contexts. Whoo hoo!
Bio
Kat Koppett is the Eponymous Founder of Koppett + Company, specializing in applying improv to enhance professional performance. She is the author of “Training to Imagine”. (2nd edition due out this fall.)
Marketing Your Services with Stories
by Kathy Klotz-Guest
Friday 13:45
BREAKOUT
Com & Coll
C205
Description
This is a short talk designed to give examples of how to tell stories about customer successes. Even if we applied improvisation to specific problems clients experience, talking about the how of improvisation is a disservice to us and to our client. It diminishes the focus on results – that applied improvisation gets results! This talk will discuss ways to present our solutions so customers get it! I will reference examples from high-tech, healthcare, and customer service. The *how* of improvisation isn’t as important as the results, the *what.* This is all about how to present the *what!*
Bio
Kathy Klotz-Guest MA, MBA is CEO of Keeping it Human. Kathy turns marketing-speak into human-speak customers will hear, and helps teams innovate by getting “unstuck.” She performs with the ComedySportz SJ Rec League.
Improvising Playspace: New Research on the Value of Improvisation Practice
by Pamela Meyer
Friday 13:45
BREAKOUT
Com & Coll
Golden Gate
Description
In this session you will learn highlights from new research linking expanded improvisation capacity to employee engagement and the bottom line. You will discover the playspace model that emerged from this research and how you might incorporate its dimensions into your own work.
Bio
Pamela Meyer, Ph.D. has been playing with and researching improvisation strategies with individuals and organizations for twenty years, is author of three books on innovation. Pamela also teaching courses in creativity and organizational change at DePaul University where she is also the Director of the Center to Advance Education for Adults.
From Therapy to Performance
by Koray Tarhan
Friday 13:45
BREAKOUT
Collaborate
C370
Description
Jung, Mooli Lahad, Joseph Campbell meets in improv. Interactive visual cards are triggers for imagination in order to create unique stories on stage. Audience is the writer and actors are their servants. A journey to our common stories.
Bio
Koray Tarhan graduated from Theater Dept. of Ankara University. Founded the first improv group in Turkey. Worked as instructor in different projects based on improv. Organised the first improv festival in Istanbul. Writes and translates articles on improv. With acting and music he has a delightful way of life.
Exploring the Theatre of Games
by Bernie DeKoven
Friday 14:45
BREAKOUT
Collaborate
Golden Gate
Description
Tag, Hide and Seek, Rock-Paper-Scissors – the games that are played out in the Theater of Games are in fact a form of literature – not written, maybe, not even oral, perhaps, but “enacted” – and thus handed down, from generation to generation, brother to brother, culture to culture. The dramaturgy of games embodies complex relationships, roles and consequences, issues of deep conflict and mythic heroism.
Bio
Bernie DeKoven is a fun theorist, game designer, international lecturer, workshop facilitator, best-selling author and award winning game designer. In his book, The Well Played Game, he voiced a philosophy of “healthy competition” that was incorporated into the core teachings of the New Games Foundation. He is a lifetime member of The Association for the Study of Play and winner of the 2006 Ifni-Raynolds award for “outstanding achievement in the field of fun” from the North American Simulation and Gaming Association. Bernie is the author of the www.deepFUN.com website.
Out of Your Mind
by Caitlin Frost
Friday 14:45
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Collaborate
C205
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Learn to identify and question the thoughts and beliefs that cause stress, keep you stuck, and limit your creative mind. The Work of Byron Katie is a simple yet powerful tool to open space in your own mind for more clarity and possibility.
Bio
Caitlin Frost is a facilitator, coach and improviser. She is a Certified Facilitator of the Work of Byron Katie, and offers workshop and retreats across North America. As a coach she supports leaders, facilitators, performers and others to step into the next level of their work and lives.
Status and Social Justice in the Classroom
by Carrie Caudle
Friday 14:45
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C370
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Improvisational theatre has the power to offer a plethora of opportunities through classroom-based integration. Teachers and students explore a deeper understanding of systems, language development, and power structures. When a group has a firm foundation in the principles of improv, a teacher can guide students through an exploration of status. Through these powerful experiences, students can re-envision both themselves and the world, encouraging social justice in a variety of contexts. In this session, we will experience activities that illuminate the concept and complexity of Status. What’s more, we will see how this work has been applied to upper-elementary and middle school classrooms. It is through the exploration of Status that players (both students and teachers) understand, question and change inequity and injustice.
Bio
Carrie Caudle is a committed educator, performer, and consultant. She supports infusing innovative practices into teaching, encouraging students to think more deeply and enjoy learning through multimodal experiences.
Experiencial Wisdom for Better Communication
by Al Razavi
Friday 14:45
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Collaborate
C210
Description
The goal of the session is to introduce exercises based on the principles F. M. Alexander Technique and Vipassana Meditation, and improv theater technique. These will be utilized in preparing the mind-body unit for effective collaboration in teamwork and interpersonal communications.
Bio
Al Razavi is the artistic director of Dramasports International. He utilizes participatory experiential learning techniques in training leaders and high performance teams. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG).
Master Class in Applied Improvisation
by Zohar Adner
Friday 14:45
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BATS Theater
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A Presenter will facilitate for 10-15 minutes something they would like feedback on. A 5-person panel of Experts will give the Presenter feedback on their style/form/approach/etc. Some (or all) of the session attendees will be the facilitatees.
Bio
Zohar has over 8 years of experience delivering workshops in various industries. He created this Master Class series to take his skills to the next level. The panel has 100+ years of combined experience and consists of: Sue Walden, William Hall, Teresa Norton, Karen Dawson, Henk van der Steen.
4 Steps to Improvised Problem-Solving
by Drew Tarvin
Saturday 12:00
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Innovate
C370
Description
This session will explore the four steps of problem-solving (defining the problem, generating ideas, picking a solution and executing) and how improvisation can be used in each.
Bio
Drew is a corporate humorist, author, and comedian. He writes and speaks on a variety of topics, including humor in the workplace, communication, relationships, problem-solving, productivity, strategic disengagement, and leadership.
Act Resilient – Using Improv with Soldiers
by Genie Joseph
Saturday 12:00
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Innovate
Golden Gate
Description
Improvisation and theater arts have a long history of being used to help heal trauma. Getting people into present time, as improv does, is in itself very healing. Helping students to get into their creative, playful brain goes a long way to restoring neuro-plasticity. The Act Resilient Training program uses over 100 improv games to get the brain to re-integrate itself, so without having to discuss or re-live trauma, we can change how memories are stored thus reducing the “trigger-response” of a stressed nervous system. Students also learn how to more accurately read non-verbal communication, think faster on their feet, increase “situational awareness” and become more engaged with life. We all know laughter is the best medicine!
Bio
Genie Joseph, MFA is an Adjunct Professor of Communications and Performing Arts at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the CEO of Hawaii Movie Studios and a filmmaker and screenwriter whose movies and short films have won international awards. She is the creator of Act Resilient which uses improv comedy to help soldiers handle stress and PTSD. It has been presented to over 3,000 US Army Soldiers who have said it is the most effective treatment for stress.
Finding the Courage to Be
by Kristin Crowley
Saturday 12:00
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Innovate
C205
Description
In this joyful, playful, and tender exploration of clowning and its possibilities, we find that by listening and being courageous and receptive we are able to meet each other and ourselves, being and becoming free, visible, and creative in the world.
Bio
I consider myself a champion for the imaginative and compassionate capacities of the heart, cultivating sensitivity for the invisible and the unseen. I am also trained as an improvisational clowning facilitator and ‘social clown.’ My specialties include weeping, making mischief, and falling in love.
Improvisation to Build Literacy
by Lisa Safran
Saturday 12:00
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Innovate
BATS Theater
Description
Improvisation to Build Literacy will be a hands-on interactive workshop demonstrating the use of improvisational games to engage students and build literacy skills.
Bio
Lisa Safran has over 12 years experience as an educator/trainer in the USA and overseas. A background in theatre has helped her to develop enjoyable and effective improvisation techniques to promote student engagement and literacy.
The Seven Aspects of Spontaneity
by Max Shafer
Saturday 12:00
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Innovate
C210
Description
The Seven Aspects of Spontaneity This workshop is for actors and non – actors to learn and discover the most essential element of Improvisation, Spontaneity. Too often is fake. How many time have you seen an Improv show and intuitively recognized pre-planned bits disguised at discovered moments? Pure Spontaneity reveals your true self, creates lifelong bonds with complete strangers, and releases the genius in you. Learn Viola Spolin’s Seven Aspects of Spontaneity which can be applied to your daily life.
Bio
I have worked with Viola Spolin and Paul Sills. I lead the Spolin Teachers’ Workshop for Paul Sills and authored ‘Viola Spolin’s Theater Games for the Classroom’ multimedia CD.
When Finance met Impro
by Belina Raffy Caron Bradshaw
Saturday 13:45
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Inn & Trans
Golden Gate
Description
Belina & her client Caron describe the unlikely combination of applied improvisation and finance – participants will experience a selection of activities from their Prepare for Change program and will be able to ask Belina & Caron questions.
Bio
Belina uses applied improvisation to support the development of ‘thrivability’ skills in organisations around the world. Caron is the CEO of the Charity Finance Group, the leading charity for charity finance professionals in the UK. Barrister & life long supporter of the not for profit sector.
Create Change with Neuro-Improv
by Brent Darnell
Saturday 13:45
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Inn & Trans
C370
Description
We’ll explore at least a couple such games, playing them, of course, and then, collectively, reviewing the play, as it were, as if the game were the work of art that I claim it to be. For fun, of course, and perhaps for some lasting insight into the endless applications of yet another kind of theater.
Bio
Brent is a mechanical engineer, professional actor, standup comedian, playwright, and musician, as well as an adjunct professor at Auburn and Penn State.
No is Yes in Improvisation
by David Matthew Prior
Saturday 13:45
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Inn & Trans
C205
Description
When No is Yes in Improvisation This short, interactive session will play with the concept, value, and power of trusting one’s gut ‘no’ to certain improvisational offers and finding ways to transmute your ‘no’, with integrity, as it organically becomes a yes to the improvisation at play.
Bio
David Matthew Prior, MCC, is a core coaching faculty member at Columbia University. He as been a long time member and enthusiast of the Applied Improvisation Network.
Improv and Career Development
by Jennifer McGinnis
Saturday 13:45
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Inn & Trans
C210
Description
This session will walk attendees through some of the improv exercises we use to help professional students develop their communication, network building, & career development skills in a positive, uplifting, and fun way.
Bio
Jennifer McGinnis is a career development professional with a Master’s in Educational Psychology, a Juris Doctor, and years of experience in stand-up and improv comedy, curriculum development, and public speaking.
The Collaboratorium: Collaborative Creativity for Revitalizing Communities
by Leif Hansen
Saturday 13:45
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Inn & Trans
BATS Theater
Description
Have a blast learning to create community-building events that connect local leaders in fun, inspiring, innovative ways while teaching them to develop a resilient & adaptive attitude, able to transform concerns into opportunities for creative collaboration. A great way to get your work known!
Bio
Leif is an engaging group facilitator, professional trainer and personal coach. His workshops have been featured on a variety of national media including NBC’s Today Show. His mission is empowering people to creatively express their authentic passions in ways that enliven them while also making this world a more creative, caring, and magical place to be.
Psychodrama: A Root of Applied Improv
by Adam Blatner
Saturday 14:45
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Inn & Trans
C210
Description
Applied Improv has a number of roots but less well known is the work of J.L. Moreno, who organized The Theater of Spontaneity in Vienna around 1921. He later went on to develop psychodrama, which should not be thought of only as a type of therapy, but also has applications in business and education, etc. Not to give credit so much as to open those attending to a whole rich bag of tricks, psychodramatic techniques offer many angles for promoting experiential modes of learning and active ways of exploring a wide range of challenges. This talk and also introduction to ways of learning role taking will make this presentation enjoyable and interesting.
Bio
Adam Blatner, M.D., is a retired Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and the author of some of the major books and chapters about psychodrama. He is hoping to build bridges to others who are themselves developing new forms for learning and being more creative.
Enter at Your Own Risk-Taking
by Chris Sams
Saturday 14:45
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Inn & Trans
BATS Theater
Description
Experience some specific team training activities for maximum engagement. Learn individually and collectively, try actual exercises and different debriefing strategies, and discover your own personal takeaways to apply in your next team training.
Bio
Chris Sams leads BATS Improv On-The-Go, a training and entertainment program comprised of 25 trainers, facilitators, and players. Chris personally has trained 50 Bay Area organizations and companies using applied improvisation.
Managing Your Relational Reserves
by Chris Marcell Murchison
Saturday 14:45
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Inn & Trans
Golden Gate
Description
With so many demands on our attention and time, getting present at work can be hard and take effort. At HopeLab, we have experimented with a number of tactics to help staff “”get present”” — activities at the start of a meeting or retreat that focuses attention and calms the energy of the group. This session will give you a taste of our most creative exercises!
Bio
Chris (aka Marcell) is a baker, dancer, film-goer, writer, arts/creative type, and general bricoleur. He is also the Vice President for Staff Development, Learning and Innovation at HopeLab Foundation. Chris is passionate about the myriad creative ways that improv can be applied at work and in life and loves experimenting in both arenas.
Storytelling: Transformation Through Improvisation
by Paul (Sparky) Johnson
Saturday 14:45
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Inn & Trans
C205
Description
The workshop is centered around the key Viola Spolin concept of ‘Making the invisible visible.’ In this case, the invisible refers to the significant events in each person’s life; the key moments that have shaped who they are.
Bio
Sparky Johnson (a professor of drama at the University of Alberta) had the rare opportunity of studying and working closely with theatre legend, the late Paul Sills – founder of The Second City and son of Viola Spolin.
Transform: Shift Resignation to Empowerment
by Rebecca Stockley Matt Smith
Saturday 14:45
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Inn & Trans
C370
Description
Working with the session participants, Rebecca and Matt Combine principles of chaos theory and improvisation, to coach individuals through transitions to fresh perspectives. The class will work through a process of 1) Identifying desired change or resignation, 2) Enacting scenes to explore alternative perspectives, 3) Debrief the experience and shift toward a goal of getting present and moving on with a fresh world view.
Bio
Rebecca Stockley and Matt Smith met at an improvisation workshop in Seattle in the mid 80s. Since then, both Matt and Rebecca have been used improvisation in writing, creating, teaching, performing, collaboration, communications, and professional development. Combining principles of chaos theory and improvisation, Rebecca and Matt have coached individuals through transitions to fresh perspectives. Matt Smith <matt@matt-smith.net> www.matt-smith.net

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