Improv + Communication Skills for Women
This one-off class is open to cis and trans Women. This new (Fall 2016) class takes our Improv and Presentation Skills classes to a very specific audience – our female students. Both our Founder Jen and many of our Engagers have been the only woman standing on stage in the boys club of comedy – so we get the need to create a safer space for women to speak up, take initiative and connect with their communication style. In this class we’ll work on Improv as it connects to Communication Skills – whether that’s interpersonal communication or speaking at a conference or in a meeting room. We’ll stretch our communication muscles with Improv based activities guaranteed to increase self-awareness of our speaking selves. Like all of our classes, we connect with our audience and their needs – our only promise is you will leave this class energized and laughing.
In 2012, Founder Jen Brown (Oleniczak) was working as a museum educator in NYC and performing Off-Broadway with her improv troupe. When she noticed that the museum education field lacked the ‘how you say it’ component of teaching, she started leading professional development classes in Presentation Skills and threw in a few improv exercises. Realizing that improv connected directly with teaching and communicating, she listed a few public classes in NYC, limiting them to non-actors, specifically educators and teachers. Suddenly, professionals of all kinds were signing up for classes, raving about the results and bringing our improv classroom into their companies for trainings and development. After realizing this was the only class that very strictly did NOT train actors, but focused on the education and reflection side of improv, Jen began The Engaging Educator with a Yes, And and hasn’t looked back since. With the idea that improv is “going to the gym for your brain”, we believe improv is a lifestyle that needs to be practiced consistently and by everyone. Through improv education, professionally, socially and individually – all through the Yes, And. It is not our goal to make actors; our classes are strictly for people looking to work on skills unrelated to performing as a career. We often get asked “What is Yes, And?” Simply put, it’s the idea of elevation – we’re stronger when we surround ourselves by people that lift us up, and people we lift up. Our Yes, And mentality to teaching is not just positivity, it also embodies our idea of positive risk-taking – something we are doing as a company with our students!
If you have any question on this experience, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.