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team building, conflict management, communication skills training, excecutive coaching, public speaking, teacher-in-service, creating community-based improv troupes for children and youth in Riverside county, California.
Thank you for the terrific experience! ...Having worked fifteen years in corporate, I have been to every workshop or seminar you can fathom. In the improv workshop, being a part of the information by participating, brought a new dimension to the learning process. I found that I retained more information than other seminar types, and my listening skills have improved greatly...I discovered new joy in being with people. I look forward meeting my clients and they are no longer just part of my agenda.
Carmen Cozby, Millennium Productions, California
Thanks for a superb improvisation workshop! You opened my eyes, ears, brain and heart to new listening techniques and innovative communications skills. Your ability to meet the needs of all students and to give them performance confidence is a testimony to your excellence as an instructor and director.
Corinne Williams, Director, Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach (CA)
Mr. Razavi's teacher-in-service workshops in the areas of teaching performing arts, organizing school-based DRAMASPORTS theater troupes and improv-based creative writing are truly unique. His teacher and student friendly workshops and teaching materials are not only useful in a visual and performing arts setting, but can also easily utilized in conjunction with the core curriculum, as well as Gifted and Talented and at Risk programs.
Suzanne Linden, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Academy of the Arts, Site Administrator and Coordinator
...Al has been very innovative in developing effective classes for our community. Program evaluations have been outstanding, and members of Riverside Community College management team still comment on a presentation Al made two years ago.
Cyndi Pardee, Riverside Community College, Supervisor
Al is the founder and director of Dramasports Interactive. His learning-by-doing approach to teaching and training makes his workshops effective, efficient, and fun. In a safe, supportive, challenging, and fun learning environment, he encourages participants to take risks and find out for themselves the dynamics of human interactions and what it takes to create change from the inside out. He applies participatory improv theater technique and research-based findings in the areas of neuroscience and emotional and social intelligences and creates custom designed team building and communication skills training programs for organizations. The learning by doing process provides ample opportunities for each unique participant to discover for himself/herself what works and what doesn’t. The experiential and introspective process reveals the secrets of good communication and healthy interactions. The result is for each participant is feeling of empowerment, confidence, and open-mindedness toward managing change. He teaches small classes and his focus is to make sure that all workshop participants have enough practice time and are making progress toward mastering practical tools and effective techniques in relation to developing strong teams, dealing with change, resolving conflicts, and promoting innovative thinking in family or work settings. He has presented many workshops at national and international conferences including Applied Improvisation Network, NASAGA, and International Schools of Performing Arts, the California Theater Education Association, the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory/Hollywood, Magnet Schools of America, and the Actors Network. Workshop participants consistently rate him as one of the best teachers/trainers in their experience.
Al holds two graduate degrees in the areas of performing arts and creative writing/science. He has college and secondary credentials in the areas of science and drama from the State of California, and has designed and taught a wide range of workshops in the areas of communication skills training, building top performance teams, executive coaching, teacher training, and training and organizing community- and school-based improv theater troupes in the US and overseas. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild of America (SAG).
In the course of life we all go through many experiences that are transformational in terms of helping us to understand ourselves, others, and our environment better. As a result of these memorable and insightful changes we relate more to people and become more attuned to what is happening around us. Storytelling is a communal act and we not only make up and live our stories, we also like to share them with others.
We all live and hope for a better life. The process of storytelling and story reciting becomes educational when we relate to both the portrayer and portrayed. People relate to stories in different ways; some look for inspiration, some are keeping busy while passing away the time, and some hope to detect events that reflect their own underlying life story and experience. In any event, the process helps people to rejuvenate, reflect, connect, understand, heal, and find new perspective and hope in relation to life with all its complexities. In fact, it is a kind connecting our inner voice to the real world voices.
The intention of telling stories and making stories in groups is to effectively help participants to engage in a process that makes it easier for them to open up and share the issues or problems they are facing. The exchanging of information in reference to characters, events, and issues that are presented affords participants many opportunities to improve their conditions by working through them in ways that are individually and socially relevant.