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COM 58 — The Elements of Presence: Developing Your Natural Confidence, Calm, and Connection

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jul 15—Aug 19
Time: 6:00—8:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 17
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $425
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:00—8:05 pm (PT)
Jul 15—Aug 19
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 17
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Ted DesMaisons
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 course, based on the approach that 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.

The course is open to those with or without prior vocal or theatrical training.

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.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ted DesMaisons, Playful Mindfulness (ISBN 978-1-950373-00-0)