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Friday, May 12 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Workshop 3B2: How to Play with Emotional Intelligence Workshop

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This special improv comedy workshop will show how to use Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to bring a deeper awareness to our relationships and revitalize our improv scenes.
Basically, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is our ability to read another person's emotional state while being aware of our own, and then responding and adjusting accordingly. EQ is something we use every day in how we interact with each other and how we manage the relationships that are important to us.
I realized that years of doing improv made me pretty good at reading people's emotions and reacting to them in a way that wasn't trying to change them or judge them, but to just accept them as they are and continue to interact from there.
I also gained a lot of insight on how to deal with personal relationships by engaging with the work of Carl Rogers, an American psychologist who coined the idea of Unconditional Positive Regard, the idea of accepting a person as they are (within the context of a therapist-client relationship).
In this workshop will be doing exercises that work on using our emotional intelligence muscles to be aware of our own emotions while reading the emotion of our scene partners, and how to use that relationship dynamic to create engaging scenes for everyone involved, players and audience alike.

Limited seating available: reservations via Sched registration are highly encouraged. Just add the event (click next to the event title) to your schedule and your reservation is set. If the event is full, you will be on the waitlist and will be encouraged to show up and if there is space, we will get you into the event.

Face coverings (masks) are recommended (regardless of vaccination status) per UCI policy.

(All events are subject to change.)

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Fernando Funes

Fernando A. Funes is a writer-performer who produces shows in the LA/OC area including The LA Improv Summit, The Potluck, Dazed & Confused Poetry Club, and Cuñados, Cuñadas, y Carnales, a Latinx panel show. He is on the Pack House Improv team Nuisance and Pack Sketch House team... Read More →
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Ledge Theatre

THE LEDGE ARTISTIC STATEMENTTo bring the voice of Black Artists and underrepresented communities in Los Angeles to the performing arts stage. Youth of Color seeing professional instructors of color teach theater, music, dance, writing and art. Bringing performances and events back... Read More →

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Global Improvisation Initiative (GII)

The Global Improvisation Initiative (GII) was launched in 2016 by co-founders Theresa Robbins Dudeck and Joel Veenstra as a project to support an ongoing, international exploration of the art and impact of improvisation—appreciating the rich history and diversity of our field—and... Read More →
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UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative

Building on UCI’s demonstrated excellence in the creative arts and cultural programming, Illuminations aims to ensure that all of our students, regardless of major, have serious and meaningful exposure to the creative arts. In addition, we seek to strengthen the connections between... Read More →

Friday May 12, 2023 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
CAC 3100B