Games for Creative Living
VincePrep turned 15 in 2022
To celebrate, I am launching Games for Creative Living to help folks connect with each other and themselves
“Improv can give us confidence and wings to fly. Come and learn to play games that provide laughter and new ways of seeing the world. I have known Vince Ricci for over 30 years. He is one of the top teachers of this work/play. I recommend his workshop.” – Patricia Ryan Madson, Improv Wisdom author, founder, Stanford Improvisors (SIMPS)
The past few years have left many of us feeling a bit shaken. Playing games together in a safe space can help us reconnect with our humanity. Leaders and entrepreneurs can significantly benefit from improv skills such as spontaneity, flexibility, and social-emotional risk-taking. Taught by a coach experienced in creating a safe, comfortable environment, this class introduces
Presence under pressure
Listening and building on ideas
Meeting your inner critic and practicing the thinking that will foster connection
You will experiment with stretching your boundaries while you meet new people, explore improv's life lessons and have a great time.
Taking this course will help you
TENTATIVE WEEKLY OUTLINE
Names, Spontaneity, Giving and Receiving
Objectives: Get to know ourselves and each other
Saying Yes! No Blocking
Objectives: Accepting; Be aware, be present: Accept offers; Learn how to build on the ideas of others
Details: We will discover the necessity and power of affirmation
Yes gets you into action/into trouble
"Accept all offers."
Make STATEMENTS "Don't Ask Questions" Questions are hostile.
Cooperation – Sharing Control
Objectives: Watch your ideas be demolished
Develop a tolerance for "not having it your way."
Give up control!
You succeed if your partner has a good time. Your partner is a genius!
Make your partner look good.
Telling Stories Together – Narrative
Objectives: Start “from nothing” with two players in silence until one needs to speak. Accept offers
Start a routine. Interrupt it.
Connect the dots: THREE THINGS
Tell stories together, REINCORPORATE
Final Class – Favorite Games and Theatresports
Objectives: Play together
Reflect on the journey
Explore next steps
Please note: to protect privacy and create a safe space, this is a DEVICE-FREE gathering. No recording of any kind. Thank you!
A graduate of Stanford (B.A. '92) and NYU (M.A. '01), Vince is a San Francisco Bay Area native based in Tokyo, Japan. While at Stanford, Vince received the Lyons Award for Service. He also served as the founding Education Director of The Stanford Improvisors under the guidance of Patricia Ryan-Madson. Utilizing his experience as an Improv teacher, Vince delivers small group lessons and corporate training modules that help adult learners develop emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication skills to improve group dynamics by providing face-to-face and online improv lessons.
Since 1992, I have taught these lessons to college students, graduate students, and working professionals
In 2015, delivered a corporate training retreat for 30+ executives and global leaders in Karuizawa, Japan
Since August 2020, I have provided regular sessions (sometimes IRL but primarily via Zoom) for groups of up to 8
Please get in touch if you want to learn more
I can customize this offering to meet your group's needs
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"Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recovered at will." – Baudelaire
"Ah, I got this. It's not about being funny. It's about being functional." – Class participant, 2020
I am open to renaming this course or offering alternative courses for different groups. Some ideas:
Games for Challengers
Play to Win (for entrepreneurs)
Everyday Spontaneity: Improvising Our Lives (credit: Patricia Ryan Madson)