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Saturday, June 15 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Improvisation as a Pedagogy for Civic Engagement LIMITED

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Program Description: Through improv games and interactive demos, we’ll discuss methods and intervention points for facilitators, educators, and community leaders to examine improvisation in the context of civic engagement 

Abstract: Improv is becoming increasingly appreciated as a tool for social transformation. All over the world, businesses, universities, and community organizations are looking for creative new ways to solve enduring problems, and improv training has become more and more popular for leaders in those spaces. Improvisers train in listening, supporting, and being present – these core principles have a far-reaching resonance, and are vital for successful social justice work.

In this session, participants will explore how the principles of improv can be highlighted in their existing work and/or brought into new social justice spaces to support team-building, productive dialogue, and facilitate group dynamics. We will engage in a series of exercises and interactive demos, and discuss how the underlying principles of improv can enhance existing practices or provide new language or frameworks for leading improv-based activities. Time and space will be provided for participants to play with, explore, and rehearse using key takeaways in their work and lives outside of the workshop. 

Challenging Questions
1. What are the best ways to illuminate the civic engagement opportunities that are latent in a creative process – like Theatre of the Oppressed – that features improvisation as a core component?

2. How can we deepen our understanding of the discipline of improvisation to enhance our social justice work?

3. How do we broaden our understanding of the possibilities of improv-based work, and bring it into other “extra-theatrical” (outside-of-the-theatre) spaces? 

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Olivia Hartle

PhD student, Point Park University
Olivia Hartle is a theatre director, improviser, facilitator, and coach, and she is currently working on her PhD in Community Engagement at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to relocating to Pittsburgh, Olivia was active in the New York theatre scene, where she ran BIG... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
VAIL 001 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA