Improv & Design

Spring 2015
Apr 3, 10, 17 & 24 and May 1 & 8
1 Unit
Studio 1

Improv & Design is a wildly practical class exploring the intersection of Improvisational Theater & Design Thinking. Spring quarter 2015, Improv & Design is about creating joyful disruption in the world around us. Students will be bringing the gift of improv out from the stage or the classroom into the world in real time, using design thinking principles to try things, iterate and gather feedback.

Each week, we will cover a fundamental principle of improvisation. Topics might include playfulness, connection, resilience, collaboration, inspiration, optimism, generosity, presence, listening, accepting offers, and storytelling. Teams of students will then design small experiments to run in the real world that week to increase ordinary people’s experience of that particular mindset or improvisational principle.

The class is open to undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford with a genuine desire to make the world a better place (today!) and a willingness to jump in and explore new ways of showing up in the world. No previous design or improv experience needed. The class will be offered for 1 unit as TAPS 105V.

Accepting 12-16 students. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Application deadline is Wednesday, March 18th at 11:59pm. Apply here.

Teaching Team
Erik Olesund,
Lisa Rowland, Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS) and BATS Improv


Improv & Design