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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 23—Nov 11
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 6
Unit: 1
Tuition: $585
Instructor(s): Kate Rubin
Limit: 25
7:00—8:50 pm
Sep 23—Nov 11
8 weeks
Drop By
Oct 6
1 Unit
Kate Rubin
The tools of improvisational comedy, when applied to our work lives, 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 that 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. Beyond “yes, and,” we will also explore many embodiment, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence-related techniques and practices for deepening and strengthening your connection to the present moment, your openness, and your receptivity. Each week, we will explore new and different improvbased, mindful tools and techniques you can use to see your life and business challenges in an entirely new way.

Kate Rubin, Actor; Writer; Speaker; Coach

Kate Rubin 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, Improv Wisdom (ISBN 978-1400081882)