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Saturday, August 10 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Senior Moments: The Perceived Influences of Improvisational Acting Classes on Senior Adults

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Despite increased research and awareness of the influences of creative aging activities (i.e., weekly training/practice of art work with senior adults), a lack of investigation has focused on improvisation regarding older adults. This workshop will discuss research conducted through hermeneutic inquiry, in which participants described and reflected on the meaning they place on their improv experiences.  This research contributes to the existing literature on senior adult play in the form of improvisational acting within the context of creative aging. Furthermore, the findings provide information for positive social change by increasing awareness of applied improvisation within a senior adult community.
Teaching artist, improv consultant, and researcher, Ruth Yamamoto, reviews her findings from her recent phenomenological study. In the first part of the session, Ruth will present the problem statement, purpose statement, research question; describe the methodology; and acknowledge limitations that guided this investigation. Ruth will show how she used hermeneutic analysis and reflective inquiry of the data provided by participants to arrive at the findings, which support existing literature on senior adult play as it contributes to ongoing development throughout one’s life. Following the presentation, there will be a discussion for the remainder of the session. The goal of the session is to disseminate the findings of the investigation in a clear and understandable manner in the hopes of promoting positive social change with regards to senior adults.


Ruth Yamamoto

Ruth Yamamoto is a teaching artist, adjunct professor for Prince George’s Community College and George Mason University, improv consultant, and author (Serious Fun: The Power of Improvisation for Learning and Life). She holds a PhD in education from Walden University, an MEd in... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
The Wang Center - Room 301

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