“Improvising asks us not to be clever but rather to be awake,” says Patricia Ryan Madson. “It calls upon us to access our common-sense intelligence as well as our chutzpah. Sometimes as we age, the world starts to become gray and serious. We lose touch with our capacity for delight and play. Fortunately there is a yellow brick road back to this place of color and adventure: The world of improvisation offers a metaphor and a practice that can renew our vision and crack open our hearts to unexpected insights.
“We will explore the terrain of saying YES, making mistakes, and learning how to work with a partner. The games and exercises focus on seeing what is inherently real around us. Improv teaches us to use what we have and to make an artful life from what comes to us unexpectedly. We will tell stories, find gifts, and above all, learn to trust our own voices. Life lessons emerge as we laugh, play, flounder, fall, pick ourselves up, and help others to do so.”
This weekend is especially for those who cannot imagine themselves as improvisers. Join Stanford professor and award-winning author Patricia Ryan Madson, who will shepherd participants with a gentle hand and a twinkle in her eye. Imagining can be as effortless as breathing. Come and kindle the spark of the spontaneous life.
Recommended reading: Madson, Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up; Johnstone, Impro: Improvisation and Theatre.