180 minute Workshop

Subvert Convention- Improvise

Learn to not think before you speak, expect the unexpected, think inside the box, and embrace failure.

Ever completely miss what a friend was saying because you were too busy thinking about what you would say next? Ever stick so closely to a presentation script that you appeared timid or inauthentic to your audience? Ever sat through a useless brainstorming session because people were overwhelmed by possibilities? Ever spent so much time planning every detail that you never did that thing? If you said “no” to all of these, you’re lying. But it’s not your fault.

We’re conditioned to conventional wisdom like:

• “Think before you speak” - But then you never hear what anyone says.

• “Practice makes perfect” - But how do you respond to unexpected moments? 

• “Think outside the box” - But constraints can often fuel creativity

• “A failure to plan is a plan to fail” - But discovery requires room for serendipity.

Come learn how you can leverage improv skills to:

• Listen actively to what people say and mean so you can respond authentically

• Harness stage fright so you can be fully present for your audience

• Leverage “boxes” to fuel creative thinking and foster a collaborative environment

• Let go of the fear of failure or “looking foolish” and get shit done

This workshop will be hands-on, butts-out-of-seats, and most likely hysterical and a teensy bit embarrassing (Don’t worry, that feeling wears off quickly).

You’ll need to wear clothes you can move in and leave your ego at the door.


Learning Objectives

#1: A set of tools you can use to apply improv skills at work and home.

#2: Example language you can use to share those tools with others.

#3: An ab workout from so many belly laughs.


Participants will spend most of their time: Practicing a skill or using a tool or technique of some kind.

For participants the most important outcome of this session is: To practice a skill or practice using a tool.




About Brianna Klink de Ruiz & Javier Gilmore

Briana: Brianna Klink de Ruiz (Bri de Ruiz for short) is an organizational development and corporate training expert that has helped Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofits boost the growth and performance of their talent. Most notably, she helped Longboard Asset Management double revenue, PetSmart Charities save 40,609 more pets from euthanasia, and Corpedia launch an e-learning product that was acquired by NYSE Euronext. She recently left “Cubicle Nation” for the life of an entrepreneur. Bri is also a veteran improviser who performs regularly with Mail Order Bride at The Torch Theatre.

Javier: Javier Gilmore has a passion for teaching. During his 20-year career with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, he taught the Gang Class at the Academy and now teaches beginner improv students at The Torch Theatre. He especially loves teaching the value of applied improv, aka “The Secret Sauce,” to corporate clients. Javier’s love affair with improv has been going strong for 10 years. He joyously performs with The Skewed News Hour, Too Cubed, and The Light Rail Pirates.


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