Fully Present, Deeply Connected: The Way of the Mindful Improvisor


Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

GableStage at the Biltmore

$75 per person for friends and supporters of theatre

$25 each for first 30 drama, speech and debate educators and actors

(with $50 each underwritten by a generous supporter)

This workshop will offer an experiential taste of the creative freedom that comes from combining the traditions of mindfulness and improvisation—for actors, educators and their students. We’ll create a safe learning lab to introduce exercises that:

· ease stage fright

· sharpen self-awareness

· improve spontaneity

· train playful attention

· develop resilience

· strengthen patience

· improve connection with ourselves and others

· demonstrate healthy collaboration

· increase flexibility and adaptability in the face of uncertainty

And we’ll do all that while laughing a lot.

The workshop is designed to include those with little or no prior experience with improvised or scripted theatre and no one will be put “on the spot” to perform in front of the room. Those with more substantial theatrical chops who are curious about finding deeper levels to their work will also find it fruitful.

6 MPP's are available for teachers within the M-DCPS system. Please also register at the following link to ensure proper credit:


Participants can also find the session in My learning Plan in the District Catalog by searching keywords “theatre”.

Since completing his graduate work at Stanford (MBA) and Harvard (Masters of Theology), Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally. He is the founder and principal of ANIMA Learning and a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. He serves as the US Partner for the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project and co-hosts the Monster Baby Podcast. While here in South Florida in April, Ted will also lead a four-day training for those interested in teaching the “.b” mindfulness curriculum for teens. For more info, please visit www.animalearning.com/dotb.

Payments refundable (minus $10 processing charge) if the workshop is full and you or we are able to find a replacement.

Contact Us

If you’d like more information about the content or logistics of the workshop, feel free to contact either the presenter or the host, Valerie York-Zimmerman. We’d be delighted to talk with you!

Ted DesMaisons: Ted@AnimaLearning.com

Valerie York-Zimmerman: ijourney@att.net

Sat Apr 8, 2017
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Add to Calendar
To be determined
Friends and supporters of theatre SOLD OUT $75.00
Drama, speech, and debate educators SOLD OUT $25.00
Venue Address
1200 Anastasia Ave Coral Gables, Florida 33134 United States
ANIMA Learning