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BUS 158 — Improv to Improve: Artful Skills to Build or Lead Your Business

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 17—Jun 12
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 30
Unit: 1
Tuition: $505
Instructor(s): Kate Rubin
Limit: 22
Status: Closed
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course starts on April 17, and the last class session meets on June 12. There is no class on May 29. Class meets from 7:00 - 8:50 pm.
Spring
On-campus course
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Apr 17—Jun 12
8 weeks
Drop By
Apr 30
1 Unit
Fees
$505
Instructor(s):
Kate Rubin
Limit
22
Closed
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course starts on April 17, and the last class session meets on June 12. There is no class on May 29. Class meets from 7:00 - 8:50 pm.
Surprisingly to some, the tools of improvisational comedy, when applied to the world of business, can significantly increase productivity, improve communication both within and between companies, and dramatically increase workplace innovation and satisfaction. The process of improv draws on certain time-honored principles—“yes, and” being the first among them. Simply put, “yes, and” means performers accept what their scene partners do or say as part of the reality of the scene. They then build on that reality with their own contributions. To effectively employ “yes, and” performers must be present in the moment, listening carefully and contributing positively. In the work world, “yes, and” improves communication by reducing barriers and increasing acceptance between co-workers and across company lines. This is only one of the precepts of improv that we will cover in this course. The fun and easy-to-learn skills of improv might be valuable to you as you build, manage, and grow your business. Are you ready to confidently embrace the unknown and stimulate creative problem-solving at work? Improv concepts could also allow you to confront the stresses of personal life with amazing calm and ease. Each week, we will play with and explore at least one new skill that will inspire you to see your life and business challenges in an entirely new way.

Kate Rubin, Improv, Public Speaking, and Team Building Instructor, Speechless SF

Kate Rubin is a professional actor, director, and improviser. She also teaches writing for the stage, public speaking, and has led “Improv for Better Communication in Business” workshops for several tech companies. She has taught improv at TheatreWorks, Berkeley Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Capital Stage, and other theaters. She received an MFA in acting from UC Davis.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Patricia Ryan Madson, Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up (ISBN 9781400081882)
DOWNLOAD THE PRELIMINARY SYLLABUS » (subject to change)