New Improv Workshops Added to Charleston Conference Preconference Lineup!

by | Aug 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Sistine RobotNervous about that upcoming vendor negotiation? Worried about that talk you’re giving at Charleston? Unsure about how to communicate your services to patrons? Gain confidence with the uncertain and the nerve-wracking by trying a little improv! Improvisation is not just about making people laugh. At its core is a practice that teaches effective communication and listening skills by empowering players to confidently own and share their objectives.

The Charleston Conference is partnering with Washington, D.C.-based long-form improv troupe, Sistine Robot, to offer two beginner improv workshops on Wednesday November 6 as part of the Charleston Preconference schedule.

Libprov: Bringing the skills of long-form improvisation into your library and workplace

When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
3:00 – 4:30 pm or 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location TBA

Cost: $35 (You can register for preconferences when you register online for the Charleston Conference)

SR group photoPresenters: Sistine Robot, long-form improvisational comedy troupe from Washington D.C.

Workshop presenters: Dan Miller, Kate Symes, Jamie Bingner, and Sara Rouhi

Bring confidence to your workplace and interactions with your colleagues by trying improvisational comedy! Improvisation is not just about making people laugh. Its core is a practice that teaches effective communication and listening skills by empowering players to confidently own and share their objectives.

In this session join Sistine Robot, a long-form improvisational troupe from Washington D.C., for a 2 hour workshop using improv games and skills to:

  1. Develop confidence addressing a group/communicating a message
  2. Manage nerves in uncomfortable situations
  3. Take control over challenging encounters

This session is completely interactive and requires participation from all attendees. This is a safe space to have fun, be silly, and PLAY! Bring water and comfortable clothing for moving around. Heels/dresses are not recommended. An open mind and a love of laughter are!

Two sessions will be offered, with a maximum group size of 15 in each.  Register online when you register for the Charleston Conference!

Watch Sistine Robot in action on Wednesday evening November 6 during the Out of the Stacks party at the Music Farm, 32 Ann Street, Charleston, SC. Free admission with your Charleston Conference name badge; all others $15 at the door.

Learn more about Sistine Robot at

About the troupe:

Sistine Robot is an independent long-form improvisational troupe based in Washington D.C. Formed in 2011, members are all Washington Improv Theater (WIT) alumnae and WIT faculty and guest teachers. Learn more about the troupe and their performance schedule on Facebook.

About the presenters:

Dan Miller is an improv performer, coach and teacher. In addition to performing with Sistine Robot, he is a member of the Washington Improv Theater (WIT) Harold team Spirit Bear. During the day, he is the external relations director for Washington Improv Theater (WIT), the premier long-form improv performance theater and training center in Washington, D.C. Until he started taking improv classes four years ago, he had never set foot on a theater stage.

Sara Rouhi manages LIbrary Relations for ACS Publications by day (full disclosure) and by night is a founding member of Sistine Robot. She has completed the WIT training curriculum and guest teaches alongside her troupe mates and WIT faculty. Her improv training has played an immense role in her work life, particularly in public speaking and moderating discussions with large audiences. She will be participating in one such panel (on open access) during the Charleston Conference.

Jamie Bingner is a improv teacher, preformer, and coach with Washtington Improv Theater. She has been teaching since 2009 . In addition to WIT, Jamie has studied with Magnet Theater and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York. In addition to preforming iwth Systine Robot, she directs the WIT Harold Team People Like Us, and preforms with various improv groups throughout the Washington DC area.

Kate Symes has been performing improv for four years with various groups around Washington, DC. She currently performs with the Washington Improv Theater house team, King Bee, as well as independent teams Sistine Robot, the Score, and Dr. Girlfriend. She has been a member of the Washington Improv Theater faculty for two years, teaching everything from beginning to advanced improv. She has studied improv at WIT, DC Improv, and Second City in Chicago, and has studied acting at Studio Theater in DC.


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