Recently Completed Projects
Using improv theater to enhance our empathic communication skills (Completed Spring 2012). Promethean Community led an experiential workshop with a group of passionate and creative local DC Metro area residents where we used improv as a way to explore our empathy and how we communicate with each other. We used a combination of exercises from Boal's "Arsenal" of games from Theater of the Oppressed, as well as some short techniques from Playback Theater to help participants mirror each others' feelings and stories. A special thanks to Ashoka for letting us use their space!
Improv games with Miriam's Kitchen's guests and staff (Completed Spring 2013) - Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community, led an improv session with guests and staff at Miriam's Studio, a program that is part of Miriam's Kitchen. They are a wonderful non-profit in Washington, D.C. that is committed and working towards ending chronic homelessness. After a series of warm ups, the group was split into two smaller groups. Then, each group learned an improv game that they taught the other group. Everyone was engaged, and created some hilarious scenes. We'll be back to play with them for sure!
Design Thinking the Future with Improv (Completed Spring 2013) - Promethean Community partnered with Jim Burke, Head of the TASC Futures Group, to design and implement an experiential workshop that used trends and improv as a way to explore the future. The objectives of the workshop were to experience how improv can help the Design Thinking DC (DT:DC) community think about the future in a fun, engaging way, while also getting to know more about each other as members of the DT:DC community. Through a series of experiential activities, we explored the field of futures and trends. We played some improv games that helped us foresee our possible futures. Click here to see pictures and read more about what took place. (Photo - from left to right: Stephanie Rowe, Founder and Organizer of Design Thinking DC, Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President, Promethean Community, and Jim Burke, Head of the TASC Futures group).