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John Forresst Thompson




Communication within the Classroom 

Featuring a workshop presented by John Forrest Thompson, Keith Gomes, and Devin Hott from the Focus Theater in Rochester, NY.

Better Communication through Applied Improvisation
This workshop explores the building of communication and confidence through fun and supportive improv theater games. It is effective, experiential learning that inspires, educates, and entertains. If improv sounds scary, it's not! A common misperception is that you have to be extroverted, clever, and funny. However, participants quickly learn that the inside secret to improv actually involves simply reacting honestly in the moment and supporting the ideas of others. Moreover, it’s a way to build valuable skills related to active listening, collaboration, empathy, taking risks, and expressing oneself in a low-risk environment that can later be transferred into the classroom and other areas of life. By the end of this workshop, participants will develop better communication skills and learn valuable activities and theories that can be applied right away in their own practices and classrooms.


Wednesday, January 19 (Wick Student Center)
9:30am - 1:00pm
  • Coffee & Welcome
  • Workshop presented by Focus Theater
  • Follow-up conversations & lunch
Wednesday, January 19 (Business Building or Zoom)
1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Staff- & faculty-led breakout sessions
  • Cocoa & cookies