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Wednesday, May 15 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Comedic Improvisation as a Pedagogy for Civic Engagement

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Improv students often undergo an incredible transformation during their time working together – from the very first class or practice, to the manifestation of “improv zen” onstage. As improv becomes increasingly appreciated as a tool for social transformation, what are the best ways to illuminate the civic engagement opportunities that are latent in teaching comedic improvisation? How can we bring the principles of comedic improvisation into social justice and “extra-theatrical” spaces? Through games and demos, participants will discuss methods and intervention points where coaches and educators can apply a civic engagement lens in the improv classroom and beyond.

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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 →

Wednesday May 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Studio 2 (G272) Grove, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT