Improv: skills to deal with the unexpected

Listening, reading a room, speaking in public, responding to failure and being adaptive when the unexpected happens can be foreign skills to many people but they are important skills to have. VPTN’s Improvisation Workshop will give you the skills and tools to feel more confident dealing with the unexpected and enable you to be a more effective presenter.

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8:30 am - 1:00 pm

7 of 30 spaces available

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Corner of Punt & Commercial Roads , Prahran, Victoria

Level 7 Seminar Room, Building 99, off Centre Lane. Go to the lifts at Entry B and then to Level 7 and follow the signs.

Google maps link (click here). When in satellite overlay view, the location of the marker is at the entrance to Entry B.


We all understand the need to exercise to work our muscles. But where do you go to exercise your social skills? Improvisation (or ‘improv’) is yoga for your social skills. It puts you in a mindful, present place, where you’re listening and concentrating with eye contact to think on your feet.

As scientists or ex-scientists, managing a facility involves wearing many hats and comfort levels are personal and depend on the hat needed at the time such as: speaking to difficult clients, pitching a new piece of equipment to a manager, or being interviewed about an exciting new innovation developed by your facility.

VPTN’s Improv Workshop will equip you with the skills you’ll need to feel more confident in thinking on your feet and dealing with the unexpected.

Your workshop facilitators: Patrick Duffy and Jenny Lovell

Patrick sees himself as a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of the theatre world: a facilitator, corporate entertainer, conference emcee, an actor, director and designer.

With 25 years of theatre and corporate entertainment experience, his work is always engaging and entertaining and focused on helping people increase the level of engagement, interactivity, connection and fun – personally and professionally.

He is also the only performer in Australasia to hold the National Theatresports Championship title for both NZ and Australia. Patrick is the founding member and artistic director for the Court Jesters NZ improvisation company and is the current Schools Challenge facilitator, corporate co-ordinator and ensemble member of Impro Melbourne, Victoria’s premier improvisation company.

As general manager and founder of Impro Melbourne, Jenny has been performing on stage, screen and TV for over 30 years.

She has appeared in performances for Bell Shakespeare Co, Malthouse Theatre, Red Stitch, Theatreworks, La Mama and Carlton Courthouse. Jenny has worked extensively in the field of improvisation for over 25 years, performing, directing and leading workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and overseas. A BA Graduate from Macquarie University majoring in Media and Communication, Jenny also has a Cert IV TAE 40110 and is an International Fellow at London’s Globe Theatre.

She runs corporate workshops in team building, listening, communication and building presentation confidence through development of the passionate speaking voice.

Workshop times:

  • Registration opens – 8:30am
  • Workshop starts – 9:00am
  • Workshop ends – 12:30pm
  • Lunch – 12:30pm

Who should attend:

  • Facility managers/administrators
  • Marketing and communication professionals associated with facilities
  • Business development managers supporting facilities

What to expect:

  • Improved self confidence in dealing with the unexpected
  • Skills and tools to manage nervous energy while thinking on your feet
  • Improved ability to recover from “blank brain”
  • Morning tea and lunch

Special instructions:

Level 7 Seminar Room, Building 99, off Centre Lane
Go to lifts at Entry B and then to Level 7 and follow the signs.

Event category:

VPTN Combined Node


Bookings are closed for this event.