SA Event - Improvise to Engage

  • 06 Jul 2021
  • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM (UTC+09:30)
  • via ZOOM at your place
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How to use improvisation techniques to improve your Speaking Craft both online and face to face - with Pete Davidson from Academy of Improvisation

Greater engagement of our audiences is the key to successful speaking events both online and face to face - and to getting referrals for further work.

Inspired by the example of Vinh Giang, SA President Sally Curtis attended an online Improv course with Academy of Improvisation (AOI) - and this month we bring you a taste of what is possible for you to improve your craft.

In this totally online session, Pete Davidson from AOI will take you through some of the more speaker focused training developed by Academy of Improvisation for their improv classes. 

In this session you will learn:

  • How to improve your listening to increase audience engagement 
  • Why communication is visual and what that means to the skills you need to use
  • Why presence is more important than planning,  
  • Better ways of responding in the moment
  • How to tap into your unconscious expertise to feel more comfortable and increase audience involvement

This fully interactive and fun hour long session will give you a sense of what improv training can do for you as a speaker, and some of the modern research and neuroscience behind it. 

You’ll experience moments of presence, insight and letting go of rules and forward planning, and will take away a number of simple but powerful exercises to start developing this muscle yourself.

About Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson is an arts educator, theatre maker, actor and puppeteer based in Melbourne, and currently runs Academy of Improvisation’s online learning programs. With a double bachelor of Design and Arts Education (Hons), he’s an experienced secondary Drama, Art and Design teacher accredited in both New South Wales and Victoria, and has written Drama curriculum programs for the NSW Department of Education, as well as roles including State Drama  ensembles tutor for The Arts Unit NSW. 

Pete is currently completing an Artist Residency for Regional Arts Victoria as part of the Creative Workers in Schools program. He was the Australian candidate for the Union Internationale De La Marionette (UNIMA) 'Youth In Progress' Fellowship to Russia, and has performed at the Ryazansky Smotriny International Puppet Festival, training under the direction of Boris Konstantinovo - Artistic Director of the Obraztsov Puppet Theatre, Moscow.

Academy of Improvisation (AOI)

Learn improvisation, from life skills to the stage.

At a Glance:

We are NOT meeting at the ARKABA, this will be an ONLINE Chapter meeting only

6:45 - Registration opens

7.15 - Meeting begins - welcome from Sally Curtis, 2021 SA Chapter President

7:30 - Pete Davidson from Academy of Improvisation

8:30 - Quick Stretch & Coffee

8:50 - Q & A and Planning Session

9:30 - Meeting Close

PLEASE NOTE:  bring your dinner and drinks to the pre session catch up at 6:45pm


Once you have registered to attend (Members for FREE, Guests $25), you will receive a confirmation email providing you with information on joining the webcast. 

PSA’s Values in Action Policy applies to this Event