Leadership, Improv, and all that Jazz
Friday, December 5, 2014
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
East Campus Dining Hall
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Improv is based on being completely present, attentive, and open to the ideas presented without a predetermined response. You must collaborate, build on one another’s contribution, and allow the outcome to change as you go.
This year the James Madison University Leadership Academy will explore elements of IMPROV and leadership in health and human services. We will hear from leaders in training and supervision who use improv in their daily interactions. Throughout the day, they will be sharing their knowledge and strategies about how to work creatively, collaboratively, and in an attuned manner with supervisees, clients, and colleagues.
Improv is described as a form of art that does not have a prepared script, but does follow certain rules and guidelines. Sound familiar? Rather like life? We agree and believe that exploring the world of improvisation affords us a remarkable opportunity to discover ways we can welcome the unexpected with curiosity, courage and imagination.
“Improv as an Actor makes you present in the moment. You listen, you’re attentive. You’re not acting so much as reacting, which is what you’re doing in life all the time.”
“The games played in improv …the rules for the game demand you jump in deep … when I jump in all the way I’m surprised by what I can do. “
– Scott Berkun