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PDV 102 — Improv-ability for Life and Work

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 13
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Units: 2
Tuition: $580
Instructor(s): Lee Eisler-Duvall, Gary Grossman
Limit: 30
Status: Open
6:30—9:00 pm
Jan 16—Mar 13
9 weeks
Drop By
Jan 29
2 Units
Lee Eisler-Duvall, Gary Grossman
In work and life we often run into situations that require an impromptu, improvised response, such as giving an unplanned speech, articulating the solution to a problem, or establishing a new relationship. This course will offer creative new ways to think on your feet and expand your comfort zone. In each class, you will begin by sharpening your improvisational skills through theater games and exercises designed to get the judge off your shoulder, and develop in-the-moment presence, whole-body listening, and quick-impulse responses.

These skills will then be applied to real-life and work situations to practice in a risk-free environment. You will explore impromptu speaking by drawing on your immediate knowledge and environment while using a framework to quickly organize your thoughts for presentations, panel discussions, and storytelling. You will engage in role-playing to practice new conversational skills for job interviews, building client relationships, and resolving hard conversations that pop up in work and life. In a safe environment, where we cultivate interacting as a team, you will explore structured improvisations to gain confidence in your ability to respond quickly and authentically to changing circumstances through your heightened “improv-ability.”

Lee Eisler-Duvall, Business Communications Coach

Lee Eisler-Duvall specializes in public presentations, leadership presence, interviewing, storytelling, and improvisation in the work world. Her company, Presence Delivered, focuses on developing each person’s unique voice and personal presence. She received an MS in kinesiology and performing arts from Simon Fraser.

Gary Grossman, Independent Theater Professional; Coach; Educator

Gary Grossman is the senior presence coach at Presence Delivered, and has taught theater and improvisation at Academy of Art University, San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, and the Marin Shakespeare Company. He received an MFA in education and theater.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.