To many people, the term Improvisation conjures up images of Whose line is it Anyway, or Thank God You're Here. Improvisation can be both an end product (such as live shows) as well as a process for developing key communication skills. Improvisation is an established tool in theatre to faciliate group work and effective communication between actors.
SCIPROV is a series of workshops developed for science communication. I apply the core skills of improvisation to help scientists to explain their research to others, whether the audience is fellow scientists or the general public.
Developed using easy to pick up games and exercises, no previous experience is required, and workshops can be tailored to your needs.
Skills of Improvisation
Balancing individual and group needs.
Improv for Scientists: Communicating your work.
This session brings the skills of Theatrical Improvisation to the laboratory. Exploring the concepts of agreement, world-building, embracing failure, status and effective communication, participants will develop a range important communication and creativity skills which can be readily applied to life as a scientist.
Speaking off script: Improv for presentation skills
At the heart of any effective presentation are effective communication skills. This workshop uses Improvisation games and exercises to build a range of communication skills which can be applied to any presentation and post-presentation question session. This session will help participants to build two-way communication channels between themselves and the audience, to command the audiences attention. Using skills from long-form narrative Improv, you will build techniques to consistently provide an audience the information they need to understand your research story.
Get in contact today to organise a workshop, or keep an eye out for upcoming public workshops.
What do you need at the venue?
The workshops require a cleared space with chairs. The room should be big enough so that the group can walk around freely.
What is the maximum number of participants?
Traditional classes are limited to 15 students to maximise student stage time. However I do offer larger conference style warm ups for large groups. Please contact me to arrange a workshop for a conference.
How long do sessions run?
Classes typically run for two hours, but can be tailed to your needs, from a short hour-long session, to a full day.
What should I wear?