Workshops

Washington Improv Theater's organizational training program, WIT@Work, delivers workshops that are engaging and effective.

Our training shares improv principles and skill-building exercises that have powerful application in the work world.

In addition to sharing key concepts and techniques in teambuilding, communications, and innovation, our training sessions also build camaraderie and deepen understanding among participants.

Workshops can remain entirely content-neutral, or can be tailored to play with special projects or key challenges facing your group.


Communication




Improv-based training can help your team gain skills in communicating authentically and on-the-spot in high-stakes situations. Turn those moments of having to go “off-script” into moments you shine.

LISTEN actively to what your audience is saying. Then deliver your message as a response.

USE your voice, body, and expressions in a way that conveys your message accurately.

ADJUST your status cues to get people to take you seriously.



Team Building



Improv is built on trusting relationships within a team. Trusting you’ll fall into your coworkers’ arms is one thing, but how close is it, really, to feeling the level of comfort you need in the office? The best improv results when a group of people commits to supporting each other and helping each other shine.

TAKE risks to expand opportunities for your team to play on a higher, more interesting level

USE the power of yes to build cohesion..

LEARN simple ways to support each other as you work toward a common objective




Creativity and Innovation



What we do onstage amazes people. Improvisers make creative choices that get attention. We take things that don’t belong together, and somehow make their synthesis inevitable. It’s because we’re geniuses, right? YES! But guess what? You and your team are geniuses, too, and we can teach you how to put your brilliance to good use.

OBSERVE yourself and others to start to see connections on a subtle level.

TRUST your team enough to explore those ideas you often dismiss as silly or impractical.

BE aware of what’s working from moment to moment so that your ideas remain relevant to your clients’ needs.


Experiential Learning

Not a lecture. Not more PowerPoint slides.

Equalizing

Everyone is on the same team, and in the same boat.

Diagnostic

Participants learn about themselves and how they work in a team.

Active

NOT more sitting around a conference table.

Affirming

Taking risks and supporting one another builds confidence and good will.

Contextualizing

Your team learns more about one another as people, not co-workers.

Socratic

Your team helps articulate the lessons and their application to your work.

Adaptive

Lessons can shift and evolve per the group’s discoveries and interests.

Safe

It might FEEL at times like a ropes course, but there’s no actual physical danger – everyone participates at whatever level they are able.