Improv for Increased Productivity, Joy & Fulfillment at Work
Bringing Aliveness and Authenticity to The Workplace
One & Two-Day Workshops
Our personal and professional lives are uncertain, messy, and often times complex. Kids are unpredictable, professional goals change frequently, markets and finances fluctuate. Surprisingly to some, the tools of Improv Comedy, when applied skillfully, make dealing with the unpredictable nature of life and business simpler, more satisfying, and infinitely more fun!
Improv Comedy— the spontaneous, creative, performative process of listening, giving, taking, and supporting one’s scene partner through “making contributory offers” — is built on a structure of “tools” that actually make it natural for anyone (no matter how “un-funny” you might think you are) to create brilliantly entertaining, inspiring, laugh-out-loud works of art on stage with ZERO preparation.
Moreover, these same tools have the effect of inspiring, awakening, and enlivening us as often as we use them. What if going to work could feel fun and exciting? What if communicating with your co-workers could feel less like a chore and more like a game? What if asking for what you need from your bosses and colleagues could, in and of itself, be a playful, empowered, fearless endeavor?
Our group of skilled Professional Improvisers, Actors and Performance Coaches will take you through a series of interactive games, processes and practices that will empower you to see your work and/or business in an entirely new way! Together, we will use these tools to develop presence, to become active listeners, to learn what it truly means to give and receive, and to re-embody the long-lost art and energy of play.
Are you ready to confidently embrace the unknown and stimulate unrehearsed creativity at work?
Are you ready to confront the stresses of your personal and professional lives with amazing calm and ease? Are you ready to feel empowered, awakened, enlivened and at ease during conversations, presentations, and all forms of communications at work?
Let’s dive in to the fabulously fertile space that Improv creates! We cannot wait to meet and play with you!
KATIE RUBIN, MFA
Working Actress and Comic, Instructor at Stanford University,
Continuing Studies, and American Conservatory Theater
Katie Rubin is a Stand Up Comic, Actress, and Educator. She received her MFA in Acting at UC Davis, and her BA in Theater at Amherst College. She teaches Acting, Improv, and Stand Up Writing at Stanford and at A.C.T. Her online writing class is continually running (details at katierubin.com/classes). Recent Acting credits include: Lisette in “The Heir Apparent” at The Aurora, Patricia in “The Taming” at Marin Shakes, Tanya in "The North Plan," Mrs. Daldry in “In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play,” and Wendy in "Hunter Gatherers at Cap Stage, Izzy in “Rabbit Hole,” and The Nurse in “Wit,” at The B Street Theater.
MARK RAFAEL, MFA
Professor at UC Berkeley and USF
Mark Rafael is a professional actor, educator, and Communication coach. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, he is currently a professor at the University of California Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. He also teaches at the American Conservatory Theater where he cofounded their Acting for Executive Presence program. Among the clients he has worked with are Pinterest, Facebook, Cisco, and Bank of America. He is the author of “Telling Stories: A Grand Unifying Theory of Acting Techniques” and has appeared as an actor in “Titanic”, “Star Trek Voyager”, and “Chance” among others.
Professional Actress and Teaching Artist
Fontana Butterfield is an actor, improvisor, and coach with decades of experience teaching improv, acting and public speaking Academy of Art, Waterfront Theater, Speechless and ACT. She has a BA in Theater from SFSU, and completed the conservatory training in the Meisner technique at Laura Henry Studio in LA followed by extensive Meisner teaching training with Laura Henry. Recent theater acting credits include works at Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Marin Shakespeare Company, Tides Theatre, Custom Made, Z Space and Shotgun Players. Fontana performs at comedy festivals and venues across the country with the improv duo The Right Now.