Schedule: 2pm - 5pm daily
Thursday through Sunday, August 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th
Class size: 24 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours daily (12 hours total)
From her perspective, the study of improvisation is an ethical system. Improv games can teach us all how to be kinder, more attentive and more willing to take a chance. She will be improvising her way with the group using exercises and games that are time honored as well as some invented on the spot to solve a problem.
Come join the founder of the Stanford Improvisers and Esalen faculty in four days (12 hours) of fun and reflection. Play games that teach life lessons we all need to learn. Practice how to raise someone else's status.
About Patricia Ryan Madson
Patricia Ryan Madson is the author of IMPROV WISDOM: DON’T PREPARE, JUST SHOW UP. (Bell Tower, 2005) and a professor Emerita from Stanford University where she taught since 1977. In their Drama Department she served as the head of the undergraduate acting program and developed the improvisation program. In 1998 she was the winner of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Innovation in Undergraduate Education at Stanford. She founded and coached the Stanford Improvisors and taught beginning and advanced level courses in Improvisation for undergraduate as well as adults in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. In 1996 she founded the Creativity Initiative at Stanford, an interdisciplinary alliance of faculty who share the belief that creativity can be taught. Patricia has taught Design Improv for the School of Engineering, and is a guest lecturer for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and for the Mayfield Fellows Program.
She teaches regularly for the Esalen Institute, and has given workshops for the California Institute for Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the National Association of Drama Therapists, the Western Psychological Association, Duke University East Asian Studies Center, Wellness in the Workplace for BC University and the Meaningful Life Therapy Association in Japan.
Her corporate clients have included: IDEO, Google, Gap Inc.'s Executive Leadership Team, The Lucille and David Packard Foundation, the Banff Centre for Leadership, the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Hewlett Packard, Digital Impact, The Woods Institute for the Environment, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Santa Fe Leadership Center, the Association for YMCA Professionals (AYP), Sun Microsystems Japan Division, Extempo Systems, Apple Computers, Adobe Systems, the Piedmont School District, and Price Waterhouse.
Batchelor of Arts in Philosophy, Westhampton College of the U. of Richmond, 1963
Masters of Arts in Theater, Wayne State University, 1965
BATS Improv Class Refund Policy:
Your class tuition includes a 20% non-refundable deposit.
If you have registered for a class and decide you want to drop that class AT LEAST 14 DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS SESSION, you may choose to receive a refund for the amount of the class minus your non-refundable deposit OR you may choose to reapply your payment IN FULL to another BATS class.
Classes dropped 4-13 days before the start of the class are not eligible for the re-application of full payment to another class. You may either reapply your payment (minus the applicable deposit) or receive a partial refund. This option is not available for those enrolled in summer intensives or youth/teen camps.
Regular classes/workshops dropped within 72 hours of the first class session, or summer intensives and youth/teen camps dropped within two weeks of the first session, are not eligible for either re-application or any refund.