DescriptionThis 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. Objectives: 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. You need to attend following sessions to get the credits: 1/4: 11 Jan 2021 7:00 - 9:00 PM AT 2/4: 12 Jan 2021 7:00 - 9:00 PM AT 3/4: 14 Jan 2021 7:00 - 9:00 PM AT 4/4: 15 Jan 2021 7:00 - 9:00 PM AT
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.
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