How the Principles of Improvisational Theater Can Help Resolve Serious Conflicts

Recovery Zone
Air date: 
Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Short Description: 
Dr. Barbara Tint tells how the principals of improv theater can be used in conflict resolution
Skills that are developed in improvisational theater can be transferred to conflict resolution according to  Dr. Barbara Tint, Associate Professor at Portland State University.  Barbara has participated in improvisational theater for a number of years and incorporates its principles and techniques into her teaching and conflict resolution work.  Her focus is on using applied improv in a variety of settings including humanitarian disaster preparedness, trauma healing, conflict resolution, training about power and status for organizations, etc. What do students learn in improv, and how are those skills a perfect fit for conflict resolution? Barbara will be sharing her experiences with host Stephanie Potter. Join the discussion -- call-in's welcome!

"Current times, more than ever, demand new ways of engaging in the world and with each other. We are each responsible for making our own spheres of influence healthier and more peaceful domains."
--Dr. Barbara Tint, 
Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution for the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program at Portland State University since 1999. 

In addition to teaching conflict resolution courses at Portland State University, Dr. Barbara Tint works as a consultant, facilitator, mediator, and trainer in a variety of domestic and international arenas and with indigenous, refugee, and multiracial groups in the U.S. She has trained multiple groups worldwide in the practice and process of intergroup dialogue, organizational conflict transformation, intercultural relations, and dynamics of power and status. Last year, she shared in the receipt of a $260,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, Middle East Partnership Initiative for "Action Community Teams!" She writes, "My goal: to work so hard as to render my services no longer necessary."


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