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Summer 2014 – Improv for Everybody: the Ethics of Playing Together with Patricia Ryan Madson

Improv for Everybody: the Ethics of Playing Together
4 Half-Days; Aug. 7-10
Fri, Sat, Sun, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Thurs-Sun, August 7-10, 2014
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Tuition: $309

Schedule: 2pm – 5pm daily
Class size: 24 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours daily (12 hours total instruction)
Prerequisite: None

In line with her popular book, IMPROV WISDOM, Patricia takes a fresh look at the key elements that make improv possible: an agreeable nature, an ability to suspend investment in any particular outcome, a willingness to shift focus from self to others, and the cultivation of awareness of all that we are being given.

From her perspective, the study of improvisation is an ethical system.  Improv games can teach us all how to be kinder, more attentive and more willing to take a chance.  She will be improvising her way with the group using exercises and games that are time honored as well as some invented on the spot to solve a problem.

Come join the founder of the Stanford Improvisers and Esalen faculty in four days (12 hours) of fun and reflection.  Play games that teach life lessons we all need to learn.  Practice how to raise someone else’s status.

Patricia’s approach involves teaching the fundamentals of improv with an eye toward how these principles rise above the improv stage.  While some of the games and exercises she will lead involve “performance” the emphasis in this workshop will not be on improving your stage skills.  But, if you are eager to become a better listener, a more generous partner and a more appreciative player, this may be the class for you.

Your class tuition includes a copy of IMPROV WISDOM.



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