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

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Nov 12
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Unit: 1
Tuition: $570
Instructor(s): Kate Rubin
Limit: 25
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 24—Nov 12
8 weeks
Drop By
Oct 7
1 Unit
Kate Rubin
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. Improv concepts not only can help you confidently embrace the unknown and stimulate creative problem-solving at work, but also could enable 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, Actor; Writer; Speaker; Coach

Kate Rubin teaches acting, public speaking, improv, and writing courses. She has led Improv for Better Communication in Business workshops for a wide variety of tech companies. She teaches improv and acting at A.C.T. and Capital Stage and has taught for TheatreWorks, Berkeley Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, and many other schools and theaters. She received an MFA in acting from UC Davis, and is a working stage, on-camera, and voiceover actor.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Patricia Ryan Madson, Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up (ISBN 9781400081882)