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All the World’s A Stage! An Arts-Based Communication Toolkit

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Center for Nonprofit Studies | ACC Highland Business Center

5930 Middle Fiskville Rd

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Austin, TX 78752

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“Art is the highest expression of the human spirit. Art is the way we communicate with one another.”—Joyce Carol Oates, American writer

Research and common wisdom suggest that non-verbal communication makes up the vast majority of information exchanged in human conversation. Yet few of us receive adequate training to effectively interpret non-verbal cues in today’s complex communication landscape. As professionals engaging with increasingly diverse audiences, how might we convert tricky situations, such as brief, one-time encounters or technology-mediated conversations, into meaningful connections? Enter the art world, stage right! This workshop uses the visual and theater arts to increase participants’ awareness around their ingrained communication habits and to make strides forward in connecting with others. This is a highly participatory class where communication theory comes to life. We use theater exercises, the close study of paintings, improv, short lecture and discussion to sharpen participants’ communication skills, particularly in the non-verbal arena.

Team-taught by experts in art, theater and literature, this all-day workshop is meant to be active as well as accessible to those with no experience in the arts. It is the first in a series of communication courses offered by Vox Omnibus Consulting, which develops highly interactive professional trainings based on principles drawn from the arts and humanities.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Actively explore solutions to your own specific workplace communication challenges
  • Enhance your ability to “read the room” by learning tools developed in the art world
  • Become more perceptive to the nuances of body language using practices from the theater world
  • Increase awareness around your individual, perhaps unconscious, communication habits and preferences, both verbal and non-verbal
  • Gain essential tools for bridging significant communication gaps between yourself and others
  • Practice effective communication with strangers vs. “insider” groups


This team-taught workshop is facilitated by three members of Vox Omnibus Consulting.

Hannah W. Wong earned her PhD in modern art history from the University of Texas and has held fellowships with the Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art and the Blanton Museum of Art. With nearly a decade of experience teaching in higher education institutions, including Baylor University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas, Hannah is currently a Blanton Museum lecturer. Recently, she developed the Blanton’s adult learning courses and a summer 2019 lecture series.

Leslie Dovale received her PhD in English literature from Rutgers University. Specializing in modern theater, Leslie has taught for over 15 years in higher education and secondary schools, including St. Edward’s University and Regents School of Austin. As an independent consultant, she works as a dramaturge and is an active member of the Austin-based company, 3rd Course: Theatre.

Jennifer Pappenhagen earned her MA in English literature with a field specialty in modern British theatre from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught literature, rhetoric, and writing at UT for six years and has 13 years experience teaching the humanities in various Texas high schools. Before moving to Austin, Jennifer was actively involved in the Houston-based Fort Bend Community Theatre as an actor, director, children’s theatre teacher, and playwright.

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5930 Middle Fiskville Rd

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Austin, TX 78752

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