Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Improvisation

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Friday 9th March 2012

  • Change Happens: Improv for an Unpredictable World

    by Jordan Hirsch and Amanda Hirsch

    "You're fired."
    "The test results are positive."
    "We're out of beer." Change happens - how you handle it is up to you. Improv can help. In past SXSW workshops, we've explored how the lessons of improv comedy apply to everyday life and business. This year, we'll focus on how improv can increase your adaptability - a critical skill in today's workforce, not to mention, key to maintaining your sanity in our unpredictable, fast-changing world. Learn how the skills actors and musicians use to invent on the fly can help reduce stress and make you a positive, unflappable leader, no matter what your career path, station in life, or zodiac sign. Come join us for a session filled with games, laughs, and interactive discussion grounded in real-world examples. You'll leave armed with skills you can use the next time the world throws you a curve ball (i.e. immediately). Marcus Aurelius said, "The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it." We couldn't agree more.

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

Saturday 10th March 2012

Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • UCB Comedy presents: All-Stars of Improv

    The best improvisers in the country come together to put on an irreverent show made up on the spot, featuring performers from the acclaimed theater’s Los Angeles and New York outposts.
    Chris Gethard
    Shannon O’Neill
    Joe Wengert
    Katie Dippold
    Pete Holmes

    At 8:00pm to 9:45pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Esther's Follies