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Thursday, May 16 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Improvisation and Access: how can improvisational practice be inclusive to all?

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Improvisational theatre exercises are used in various settings including: corporates, theatre, therapy today to improve medical outcomes, anxiety and mental health challenges.

In the Improvisation and Access session, we will explore challenges and solutions adopted for providing a creative space where individuals with disabilities, mental health challenges, the elderly and others (including the full range of human diversity with respect to language, ethnicity, gender, age and of other forms of human differences) are empowered while learning the art of improvisation. The session will also focus on empathy and improvisational theatre.

The session will investigate:
- Teaching improvisation to the individuals on the autism spectrum & other developmental disabilities (potential case studies)
- Explore the potential of merging Non Violent Communication (and other approaches) with improvisation.
- Impro as a tool to help seniors, caregivers people with dementia (risk of dementia)
- Can Improvisation can be used as a tool for teaching/ instigating empathy.
- Issues faced by Women in Improvisation

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Blessin Varkey

Founder, The Impro Company
Blessin Varkey (IND) is an accessibility researcher and the founder & artistic director at The Impro Company, New Delhi, India. He is currently exploring applied improvisational theatre in mental health, education and leadership in India and also teaches & performs improvisation... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm BST
Studio 2 (G272) Grove, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT