Improvisational Theater for Scientists

Improvisers are experts in storytelling, spontaneity, and using observation skills to adjust to their audiences and team members accordingly. Among other skills, this 5-week course will teach you how to (1) effectively communicate your work to different audiences, (2) adjust your behavior in real time to respond to audience feedback, and (3) manipulate your vocal and physical presence to communicate more effectively.

Space is limited.

At a glance

What: Improvisational Theater for Scientists

When: Tuesdays 9/19/17-10/24/17

Where: Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research

Instructors: Clare Haden, Amy Zelenski

For-credit enrollment: register for Medicine 710, class number 66139.

For additional information, contact Amy Zelenski at or 608-263-7358

About this class

This class is offered as a for-credit option.

  • Students enrolled in UW-Madison may use the Student Center to sign up for the for-credit classes as part of their regular coursework; see course, section, and class number in the At-a-glance box above.
  • Participants not currently enrolled in UW-Madison but seeking course credit should consult guidelines for taking classes as a University Special student. Standard tuition and fees apply for those seeking the for-credit option.

Individual Development Plan

This course will build students' skills and confidence; enabling them to effectively communicate their work to different audiences. They will develop and improve presentation skills with the objective to distill their message and present their science in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. They will be able to use these skills when giving lectures, presenting abstracts, describing research posters, and talking with mentors and peers (to name a few). Learn about individual development plans here»

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