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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 15—Mar 12
Time: 6:30—9:15 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 28
Units: 2
Tuition: $630
Instructor(s): Lee Eisler-Duvall, Gary Grossman
Limit: 24
Status: Open
6:30—9:15 pm
Jan 15—Mar 12
9 weeks
Drop By
Jan 28
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 session, 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, Founder, Presence Delivered

Lee Eisler-Duvall specializes in public presentation, storytelling, and improvisation in the work world. Her company focuses on developing each person’s unique voice and personal presence. She has been a professor at Cal State Long Beach and Simon Fraser University.

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.