The Effective Performance workshop series introduces graduate students to performance values, drawn from improvisational and theatrical techniques.
“Each session focuses on a specific skill. I feel confident that by the end of the sessions I will have new tools I can use to be a more effective communicator both in the classroom and on the page,” says participant Stine An, an MFA student in Literary Arts.
Guided by professional actors, students are given the opportunity to explore in a fun and interactive setting how to engage their bodies and voices to communicate in compelling ways, as well as build connections with students in other programs.
Spring sessions begin January 28. Register.
Stine shares more of her experience during the Effective Performance workshops
Why did you sign up for the workshops?
As a poet and stand-up comedian, I was intrigued by the opportunity to learn more about improvisation and vocal production. I've been thinking a lot about voice and presence, whether on the stage or on the page, and I wanted to learn how to connect authentically with an audience.
What were your expectations for the sessions and did they change?
I expected the sessions to involve a lot of participation and exercises. Each session focuses on a specific skill. I feel confident that by the end of the sessions I will have new tools I can use to be a more effective communicator both in the classroom and on the page.
What have you most enjoyed so far?
I've enjoyed the opportunity to be up on my feet while exploring my vocal and physical presence in a safe, judgment-free space. The sessions are three hours long, but they go by quickly!
How do you think you will be able to apply what you’ve learned in the series going forward?
I think I will bring a greater awareness to what I'm communicating and how I'm communicating it. This might mean revising where I add the emphasis in a joke’s delivery or becoming more comfortable with giving presentations based on a few notes.