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, graduated from MIT with B.S. and M.S degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He is currently a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Google.
Basel is a Company member at BATS Improv with over 17 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 is a San Francisco-based actor and improviser. She has taught at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UC Santa Cruz and KAUST in Saudi Arabia and has performed internationally in Belgium, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. She is guest artist at TAM HS, teaching and directing for over 20 years.
Regina is a pioneer in the development of long-form improv and is a founding member of the improvisational theatre companies True Fiction Magazine, Pulp Playhouse, Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. As current Company member of BATS Improv she has served as Dean of the BATS School and Artistic Director.
Tim has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco and international groups, including BATS Improv, True Fiction Magazine, Awkward Dinner Party, and with the acclaimed troupe 3 For All.
In 2009, he founded Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. Tim has also 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.
Nationally, Tim has performed and taught improvisation at the American Conservatory Theatre, BATS Improv, Stanford University, and many other venues (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Austin, Louisville, Atlanta, etc.). Internationally, he has performed and taught at numerous festivals and/or as an invited guest artist in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Beirut, Belgium, Berlin, Bucharest, Dubai, Hamburg, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Mallorca, Oslo, Paris, Saudi Arabia, Shanghai, Stockholm, and more.
Tim has consulted with numerous groups both nationally and internationally in their formation of improvisation groups and also the development of new improvisation formats.
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