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WSP 392 — The Elements of Presence: Developing Your Natural Confidence, Calm, and Connection

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Feb 11—Mar 18
Time: 6:00—8:05 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Feb 13
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $425
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. Class sessions will take place from 6:00 - 8:05 pm (PT). In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Thursdays
6:00—8:05 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Feb 11—Mar 18
6 weeks
Drop By
Feb 13
1 Unit
Fees
$425
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Ted DesMaisons
Limit
30
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. Class sessions will take place from 6:00 - 8:05 pm (PT). In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Do you wish your voice and body language could speak clearly and confidently when the stakes are highest? Have you ever shied away from an opportunity for connection or driven someone away through unintentional intimidation? Do you want your team to work more effectively, whether you’re the official leader or a team member? This immersive workshop, based on the approach that British voice and acting coach Patsy Rodenburg has used with Oscar winners, Olympic gold medalists, and global business leaders, will teach you to inhabit “Second Circle”—a physical and attitudinal way of being that generates natural charisma, resilient confidence, and calm in the face of chaos. First, we will introduce safe and fun movement, breathing, and speaking exercises to develop your personal presence. Next, we will deepen that work and extend it into the realm of ensemble presence, demonstrating what possibilities emerge when an entire group works together to become authentically connected. You will learn to support others while simultaneously commanding the room. This work can open a sense of freedom and possibility very quickly, and continue to deliver insights and growth over the long haul.

Students need no prior vocal or theatrical training. Those with refined skills in either arena will likely find valuable new insights.

Ted DesMaisons, Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning

Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally, is a trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor, and has studied with British acting, voice, and presence coach Patsy Rodenburg. He co-hosts Monster Baby, a podcast on improvisation and mindfulness, and he is the author of Playful Mindfulness. DesMaisons received an MBA from Stanford and a MTh from Harvard.
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