supervisor walks into your office and delivers the bad news: You’re getting
fired. What do you say in response?
At least that’s what you do in
“Improv for Business Leaders,” a class that uses improvised comedy to
help Washingtonians sharpen their professional skills. In the course,
held in a basement in Northwest D.C., students scream their throats raw,
deliver ridiculous speeches and shout “That’s
awesome!” about things that certainly aren’t awesome
— all in the name of doing their jobs better.
The course is taught by the
founders of Unified Scene
Theater, a small operation headquartered in the
Instructors Shawn Westfall and Kathy Baird
Westfall, who are both performers with backgrounds in advertising, started the
class two years ago, after Baird Westfall had a breakthrough at an
executive leadership training.