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The Art of Improv: Discover and Uncover this winter!

SERIES 1
SERIES 2

Series 1
Explore the Dynamics of Power -
‘Status’ and Principles of Improv

Mondays, March 6 to April 10; 7:30 – 9:45
The Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, Regina
$150, $130 for students, seniors, single parents, un or underemployed

A combination of the popular Status workshop and an exploration of improv techniques

This workshop will focus on discovering and exploring ‘status’ (the power dynamics at work in every interaction), and using the principles of improv to release creativity, enhance spontaneity, develop speaking and presentation skills, and play as an ensemble – build true team spirit.

Status is not tied to our roles/jobs/positions or how much money we have, but to how we behave. It is something we do, not who we are. Knowing how it works can help in job interviews, working with clients, customer service, wellness issues, teaching, facilitating - in all our relationships.

Status is an important area to examine, as the way we hold ourselves and how we speak and what we say can lead us to feeling more or less powerful, more or less capable and in control, and affects how well communication occurs.

People are more comfortable in certain roles and therefore tend to play preferred status positions. Becoming aware of our behaviour means we can consciously alter it – to improve communication (the more equal the status, the greater the communication), and to feel more ‘powerful’, or in control.

Comments of participants:

Excellent workshop!

Absolutely excellent learning that will stick with me ... Very valuable insights.

It made you laugh, but got you thinking.

Very useful!

Most interesting - seeing the subtle differences that make such a difference in how you view whether a person seems powerful or not.

I am an introverted person who doesn’t care to be in spotlight situations. … found it to be a valuable tool for me to use in front of a large group of people.

I hope to use the info to make myself more aware of how others see me and be more conscious of the kind of image I want to present in certain situations. Also will help to better ‘read’ and understand others.

I think I had more fun playing low status than high status, it gave me more opportunity to make others laugh and have fun at the workshop.

In Improv workshops, people said they learned to - ‘stop censoring myself’; ‘to be present in the moment; ‘to pay attention and listen’; ‘to let go, to trust myself’; ‘not to anticipate the reaction of myself or others’; and ‘feel energized because I’ve had the chance to play!’.

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Series 2
Character Based Narrative Improv

Tuesdays, March 7 to April 18; 7:15 – 9:45
The Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, Regina
$175, $150 for students, seniors, single parents, un or underemployed

For those who want to push their skill at creating character and narrative. This form of improvisation is often used to develop long-form improv such as improvised plays and soap operas. We will use the exercises to deepen character and be authentic and present. You will create compelling characters, and learn how to expand narrative choices and not limit yourself. We will also explore long form improvisation. This class is suitable for those with previous improv, acting, or facilitation experience.

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For Information Or To Register Contact: Anne McDonald at 546-2427,

Email: prairieimprov@hotmail.com
on the web at www.prairieimprov.com

Anne McDonald teaches improv and improv Status workshops throughout Saskatchewan. She studied at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto (with Moira Dunphy of 'The Chumps'; and Ian Ferguson, creater of the improvised soap operas 'Die-Nasty' in Edmonton, and 'Sin City' in Toronto). Anne has an MA in Psychology and is a published fiction author.

 

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