Improvisation

Improv has been made famous by the hit TV show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” and by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.

"The first rule of improvisation is to AGREE. Saying “no” grinds invention, innovation (and improv) to a screeching halt. Obviously in real life you’re not always going to agree with what everyone says. But saying YES reminds you to respect what your partner has created and to start from an open-minded place. Start with a YES and see where that takes you."
Tina Fey

Improvisation or improv is an acting performance where the actor makes up a scene based on the audience’s suggestions.

“Improvisers start a scene confidently without knowing the characters, plot line or the ending. They just start and don’t try and figure the whole story out on their own. They don’t worry about failing as they KNOW they’re going to fail at some point.
Successful people in life and on the improv stage are able to immediately put a scene that bombed behind them, and throw themselves whole-heartedly into the next scene just seconds later. They don’t dwell on the past, but live in the now.”
Donna Burke

Donna spoke at TEDx Aoyama 2010 (“Improvising my way through life and business”) and in 2013 with Chris Wells at TEDx Marunouchi (“All the world’s a stage.") You can view the 2013 talk Here



Corporate Improv e Workshops

Donna and Chris Wells, the co- founder of the Tokyo Comedy Store, provide workshops in Tokyo for companies that want to teach important business behaviors in a fun, memorable way, including:

 How to use body language to show appropriate status in business situations
 How to foster a “Yes We Can” attitude
 How to build listening skills
 How to be comfortable communicating in a non-fluent second language and more
These skills are taught through games, which makes the lesson fun as well as hard to forget!