Improve your interpersonal skills through the power of improvisation!
Improvised acting (acting without a script) is the ultimate exercise in teamwork. To create a scene spontaneously on stage, improvisers must work together and build on each other's ideas in real time. They also must utilize personal tools such as being positive, being obvious, accepting other people's ideas, being committed and confident, and most importantly having fun and cooperating with colleagues.
These same tools can inspire non-theatrical professionals to fashion a better workplace environment. Through concepts such as “Yes, And?” groups can take simple ideas and quickly transform them into creative ones by drawing upon the group mind. In fact, several premier improvisation centers have used these same principles to successfully coach high-level executives from major corporations.
This workshop consists of four morning sessions OR four evening sessions. The content of the morning and evening classes will be the same or nearly the same. However, participants may NOT move from morning to evening to suit their own schedules. Part of the improvising experience is to create a bond of trust and knowledge with one’s classmates that will increase with each session.
Attendance at all four sessions is required for those taking the workshop for credit. As well, non-credit participants are strongly urged to attend all four sessions to get the most from the class. No one will be permitted to join the workshop after the second session.
This workshop series is open to all members of the KAUST community above the age of 18.
Basel Al-Naffouri, who hails from Saudi Arabia, has graduated from MIT with B.S. and M.S degrees in EECS. He currently is a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google. Basel is an instructor at BATS Improv with over 15 years of experience studying, performing and teaching improvised acting. He currently performs with BATS Improv and Secret Improv Society. He has lead workouts with KAUST, BATS Improv School, Google, Aswat, Dubai improv festival, and Laban in Beirut, Lebanon.
Lisa Rowland is a San Francisco-based improviser and a member of BATS Improv, and Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. She is also a founding member of Awkward Dinner Party, and was voted Best Actor in the Bay Area in the SF Bay Guardian for 2012. In addition to performing, Lisa has been a teacher of improv for nearly ten years, teaching improv to students of all ages and experience levels. She coaches high school improv teams in the San Francisco Bay Area and is also is a trainer for improv-based workshops for professional teams. She has worked with organizations such as Google, Oracle, Stanford University and Genentech. She's been lucky enough to travel all over the country and the world doing improv, and is pleased to be coming back as a part of WEP 2017 at KAUST.
Regina Saisi, a native of San Francisco, is an actor, improviser and teacher. She has taught at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, California Institute of the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Institute and is currently the Dean at the BATS Improv school. She has worked in venues throughout the United States as well as Belgium, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Beirut, Saudi Arabia and Sweden teaching and performing improvisation. She is a founding member True Fiction Magazine, helping pioneer long form Improv and is a member of BATS Improv. She has taught improvisation to inner-city youth in Oakland as well as corporate clients in the Bay Area.
Tim Orr has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, Rafe Chase's groundbreaking long form troupe Improv Theatre, the renowned True Fiction Magazine, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All. In 2009, he founded a new Improv group, the Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. He has appeared in numerous plays in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised feature films, Suckerfish and Security. With Stephen Kearin, Tim co-wrote, and originated the role of Dirk Manly in, An Evening with Dirk & Blaine. Tim has performed and taught improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Louisville, Atlanta, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Beirut, Belgium, Helsinki, London, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Stockholm). He has served for many years as the Director of the BATS Improv Long-Form Intensive.
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