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Saturday, August 10 • 10:45am - 11:30am
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  • The Incredibly Exciting History Of Improvisation As A Tool For Social Change - Jeanne Lambin
A rollicking romp through the oft-overlooked the history of improvisation as a tool for social change. We will cartwheel through centuries, dance through decades, yawp through the years, and ponder how a better understanding of this facet of improvisations past can help us change our collective future.

  • Inclusive Leadership: Status, Power, and Bureaucracy - Brad Fortier
    How can the leaders of large organizations collaborate on transforming towards a more inclusive culture? What can be done to shift the perspective of people who are "privileged"? Where do the tools of improv and theater fit in transforming  culture? This talk explores these questions and provides insight from the lens of an ongoing effort in Oregon state government.

  • ACTing Resilient: Aware. Commit. Take ACTION. - Mary Curtis
    This AIN talk focuses on:
    1. Defining Resilience---emotional, physical, mental, social needs
    2. Acceptance of true-self
    3. Practical daily-activities to develop resilience
    4. Blocks to resilience
    5. Personal strength-based assets to develop resilience
    6. Willingness--are you willing to do what it takes to achieve what you want to achieve--emotional and physical resilience.
  • A.I.: Just a good time? Or truly transformative? - Ella Gabriele Amann and Roland Trescher
We are in the middle of a big paradigm shift. Drivers include the digital revolution, agile methods, the need for self organization, and the need for a life long learning culture. These all create the necessity of a new mindset. This is where applied improv becomes more and more important as a transformative approach for training, coaching and consulting. We will share how the improv live! Train the Trainer program has evolved over the last decade to address the changing needs in the marketplace. We will cover what changes are coming in the world of work and how we need to adapt our applied improvisation training to meet these changes. We will give insights on how we use applied improvisation in business development, therapy and  work. We will show our latest innovation of how we use applied improvisation, in combination with personality assessments, to increase the value and impact for organizations, teams and individuals so A.I. is both a good time & truly transformative.

  • Co-creating adaptive futures within complexity and change - Johanna de Ruyter and Jules Livingstone
We are a playback theatre and corporate improvisation expert and an organisational change management and strategy specialist, one all emotion, story and movement the other all structure, analysis and plans. We were bought together through our deep appreciation of Improvisation, change processes and self-development - combining our skillsets to create a common approach.
In this case study, we worked with an international creative business finding itself at a crossroads in its 27th year. The client needed a new strategic direction, an updated energy and purpose and concrete steps to move into this new phase.  We applied a model for solving complex problems in new ways – Learn Change Adapt - which uses change management methods, alloyed with an improvisation mindset.

We share and explore:
· How can applied improv be deployed within a program for managing change and creating a new strategic direction ?
· What synergies emerge when an improv person combines talents with a corporate strategist and change manager ?
· What special outcomes resulted from this kind of collaboration ?
· What personal mindset and behavioural practices fostered our collaboration’s success?
· How did we generate them ?
· What roles and dynamics enabled us each to leverage the best from our working partner across the stages of program design, client facilitation and the final recommendations and plan?


Jeanne Lambin

Vice-President AIN Board
Jeanne Lambin of Lamb Ink has performed, presented, and conducted workshops and training in the US, Europe, and Asia, exploring how improv and storytelling can help us create better places to live, work, and play. She has spent much of her career in heritage conservation, helping people to rescue things... Read More →

Brad Fortier

Brad Fortier is the creator of "Spontaneous Village" and authored Long-Form Improvisation: Collaboration, Comedy, Communion and A Culture of Play: Essays on the Origins, Effects, and Alplications of Improvised Theatre. He has also performed, taught, and directed improv across the... Read More →

Mary Curtis

Mary Curtis is a speaker, coach and change agent who is passionate about developing people and organizations. As a facilitator and coach she strives to empower individuals and teams to reach their true potential.   My approach involves developing personal mastery, emotional intelligence, and... Read More →

Ella Gabriele Amann

Ella Gabriele Amann has 25 years experience in theatre improvisation for more than 25 years and has been living what can now be called an agile, self-determined and adaptive working life. As a method developer and specialist author, I’ve created innovative education programs and... Read More →

Roland Trescher

Roland Trescher has 25 years working with improvisation - in life, on stage, in the business world. Early on, I recognized that improvisational theater is a playground where we can test, develop and change ourselves with humor and ease. Applied improvisation is for me a mindset with many applica... Read More →

Jules Livingstone

Jules Livingstone has a 25 year career in consultancy, designing and executing high level strategy and implementation plans for change, transformation and integration programs. Specializing in large scale, international and geographically diverse projects requiring change across... Read More →

Johanna de Ruyter

Johanna de Ruyter has collaborated on various award-winning improv based theatre projects both nationally and internationally. She is a long-term company/ensemble member (27years) of Playback Theatre Sydney and she facilitates Leadership Presence programs for business communication... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:30am EDT
The Wang Center - Theater