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Channelling the Magic: Applying 
Improvised Theatre and Comedy to 
UX Design
techniques, you will even learn how to develop your 
own ideas to their full potential in your solo work.  You'll 
also ha...
Clare Kerrison (Cambridge Improv 
Clare is an improvisation tutor and arts administrator in 
Cambridge. She hails...
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Channelling the Magic: Applying Improvised Theatre and Comedy to UX Design


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Workshop at UX Cambridge 2012:

Improvised theatre skills help us access our creativity, to work collaboratively and with more empathy. Watching and playing good improvised theatre can feel like magic. In this session you will learn the basic techniques improvisers use to co­create something from nothing, a vocabulary to describe your experiences, and how to apply these techniques in your design work. You will experience the wonderful, visceral "yes and" feeling of collaborative co­creation, where ideas emerge rapidly and spontaneously to deliver results whose value often far exceeds the sum of individual contributions. Using the same basic techniques, you will even learn how to develop your own ideas to their full potential in your solo work. You'll also have a lot of fun!

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Channelling the Magic: Applying Improvised Theatre and Comedy to UX Design

  1. 1. Session  Title Channelling the Magic: Applying  Improvised Theatre and Comedy to  UX Design Session  Type Hands­On Duration 90 minutes Session  Description Improvised theatre skills help us access our creativity,  to work collaboratively and with more empathy.  Watching and playing good improvised theatre can feel  like magic. In this session you will learn the basic  techniques improvisers use to co­create something  from nothing, a vocabulary to describe your  experiences, and how to apply these techniques in your  design work. You will experience the wonderful,  visceral "yes and" feeling of collaborative co­creation,  where ideas emerge rapidly and spontaneously to  deliver results whose value often far exceeds the sum  of individual contributions. Using the same basic 
  2. 2. techniques, you will even learn how to develop your  own ideas to their full potential in your solo work.  You'll  also have a lot of fun! Speaker(s) Antony Quinn Antony is an interaction designer with 15 years  experience in genomics, healthcare and finance. Antony is passionate about improvised theatre. He has  performed with Little Chairs Theatre Company and  WRiTEON, and has studied under Keith Johnstone,  author of "Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre". He  enjoys storytelling and creative writing, and his first play  was performed recently in Cambridge.
  3. 3. Clare Kerrison (Cambridge Improv  Factory) Clare is an improvisation tutor and arts administrator in  Cambridge. She hails from Wellington, New Zealand  where she was employed as Business Manager for  NZ’s foremost developmental theatre.  She has also  served as a workshop leader for corporate leadership  events, creative director for the Wellington  Improvisation Troupe, location analyst for automatic  teller machines and project administrator for an online  banking design team.  She has an Advanced Diploma  in Performance Art from NASDA.  Clare performs with  the Cambridge Improv Factory and London's Wilmops.  She is a member of the Applied Improvisation Network.