This workshop will explore improvisation skills to deepen connections between individuals and as a whole team. The students will be given tools they can use to enhance their professional, personal and familial relationships.
The art of improvisation requires strong ensemble work to make it happen seamlessly. In order for actors to appear as if they have a single mind telling a coherent story at the moment, they must really be in tune with each other. Improv exercises that emphasize listening to your partners, agreeing with their ideas, positivity, laughter, and creativity foster strong bonds between the individuals practicing them. Indeed, many corporations use improvisation as a tool for team building. Many students of improvisation build deep bonds that last for years.
- Building ensemble
- Learning how to be spontaneous
- Using positivity and "building on others' ideas" to forge connections
- Utilizing stories (real and improvised) for deeper sharing
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 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.
Regina Saisi is a San Francisco-based actor and improviser. She is an instructor at A.C.T and BATS Improv where she serves as Dean. She has taught at Stanford University, SF Conservatory of Music, UCSC and KAUST. She has performed internationally in Belgium, Holland, Italy, Finland, France, Sweden and Lebanon.
A pioneer in the development of long-form improv, she is a founding member of the improv theatre companies True Fiction Magazine and Pulp Playhouse, and is a Company member of BATS Improv.
Tim has improvised since 1988 with many San Francisco-based groups, including BATS Improv, groundbreaking troupe Improv Theatre, True Fiction Magazine, and 3 For All. He has received critical acclaim for his leading roles in the improvised films, Suckerfish and Security. Tim has performed and taught improvisation at A.C.T, BATS, Stanford University, and many other venues nationally (LA, Chicago, New York, Austin, etc.) and internationally (Amsterdam, Beirut, London, Saudi Arabia, and Paris).
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