Using Improvisation to Become a Better Educator & Communicator

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Date(s) - Thursday, September 15, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

FLTC Room 500

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This new workshop is an innovative professional development session that uses the principles of Improvisational Theater (a genre of performance art grounded in the concepts of spontaneity, adaptability, collaboration, and skilled listening) to help participants develop dynamic teaching, presenting and communication skills. Immersive group exercises are designed to lead participants from an awareness of their current skills to learning how they can improve their overall communication abilities with students and all members of the educational community. Exercises will use techniques adapted from theatrical improvisation to provide hands-on experience and enhancement of key critical skills in public speaking as well as connecting and finding common ground with different types of learners.

Presenters: Dr. Dehra Harris, Medical Director of the Standardized Patient Program & Jamie Pitt, a professional actor and improv performer.