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Friday, November 12 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Yes, and... Your Life to Move Forward Positively

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With a combined 25 years of experience performing comedy improvisation and stand-up, and leading stress-reducing laughter yoga workshops, I understand firsthand the power when laughter and humor are harnessed. I propose an interactive presentation that builds upon the foundational principle of comedy improv: Yes, and...in which we practice accepting what is given to us and then determining what we can contribute to move forward. In comedy improv it is the basis for games and scenes built by actors working together but in professional settings and personal lives, it helps us work collaboratively--with a specific focus on listening, creative thinking and clear, effective communication--and enhance personal growth as we learn to keep from getting stuck and move forward, even when we don't like what life hands us. With the pandemic and its effects since early 2020, "Yes, and..." has never been a more vital philosophy to put into practice. The presentation will include some research and information on the health, wellness and professional benefits of humor, laughter, play and creativity and feature interactive improv games that rely on the "Yes, and..." principle. The games are fun but also reinforce listening to one another and responding in the moment, in a manner that is collaborative rather than combative or conflicting. I will also incorporate some laughter activities as an ice breaker and a closing to show people how laughter can be used to recharge and energize us while also helping us with overall well-being, stress relief and self-care.

Friday November 12, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EST
Hayden Family Center For The Arts 31 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA 18202