Enlivened Public Speaking

Awakened Presentation Skills
One & Two-Day Workshops

What if it turns out that being an excellent public speaker is not actually about learning how to “present,” but is actually about learning how to be YOU, in front of, and connected with other people?  What if speaking publicly, when done in an integrated way, could be an empowering, uplifting, self-nurturing process?

“Acting School” should, in reality, be called “Person School” because actors who truly commit to the process leave their training programs deepened, awakened, connected deeply with themselves and capable of completely “owning a room” with total ease.

What person you know wouldn’t love to have those skills?

In this highly interactive, on-your-feet course, you will be taken through the same exercises taught and explored in the world’s most well-respected Actor Training Programs in the world.

Together, we will explore:

a. all the tools of the actor that apply directly to public speaking, and
b. certain skills that are specifically designed just for public speakers.  

Additionally, we will name, face, and begin to let go of all the common fears and limiting beliefs that come up when “non-performers” are faced with the task of speaking publicly or presenting to groups of people.  We will empower you with tools to depotentiate those voices, and we will teach you how to use your “nervous energy” in service of your speech(es). 

At the end of the day, no matter what group you’re speaking to, and on no matter what topic, human beings desire to be touched, moved, inspired and entertained when they listen to other human beings speak.  This workshop will give you all the tools you need to do just that and to become an excellent, inspired, game-changing public speaker.

Our Facilitators


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.


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.

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