Broadway-Based Business Workshops

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Broadway Fantasy Camp, and I partner to run business workshops that use theater and performing arts exercises to tap your team’s creativity. We use concrete, business-based facilitation to tie the learning directly into your team’s outcomes.

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Workshop Topics

Workshop Descriptions
Public SpeakingCreativity EnhancementTeam BuildingRisk-takingPersonal ProductivityLiving an Extraordinary Life

Presenters

Presenter Bios
steverheadshotStever Robbins is an executive coach, serial entrepreneur, and co-designer of the Harvard MBA Foundations Program. His top-10 business podcast the Get-it Done Guy has over 23 million downloads. He was a highly-rated speaker at TEDx MillRiver. Stever is quoted widely in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, BusinessInsider, Inc. Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He has appeared as an expert commentator on NBC Nightly News, ABC News Now, CNN-fn, and FOX News. He co-created and taught Using Social Capital for Career Advancement at Babson College. He is also the author of Amazon top-10 business book Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More and It Takes a Lot More Than Attitude to Lead a Stellar Organization. He holds degrees from MIT and Harvard Business School.

 

laurenheadshotLauren Class Schneider is the founder and Executive Producer of Broadway Fantasy Camp. She has been producing, directing, and stage-managing theatre, television and live events for almost 30 years. On Broadway, she produced The Velocity of Autumn with Estelle Parsons, High with Kathleen Turner, and Looped, for which Valerie Harper won a Tony Award™ nomination as Best Leading Actress in a Play. For 15 seasons Lauren has produced the Drama Desk Awards and served on numerous Tony, Grammy, Daytime Emmy and Video Music Award telecasts. She works with business leaders in New York and Washington, DC, to help them deliver their messages persuasively, effectively and memorably.

Workshop Formats

Open Scenes
The Broadway Fantasy Camp facilitator will engage participants in introductory scene work. “Open Scenes” are short scripts with dialogue only. They intentionally lack the specifics to identify time, place, or character. Participants are divided into pairs, and each pair is given an open scene. Based on the prescribed dialogue, each pair creates a set of characters and story that they’re telling with the dialogue. They then design a presentation of the scene using pauses, action, and intonation to convey the story to the other participants.

“Open Scenes” facilitate communication, creativity, teamwork, and presenting. The final presentation communicates the story and characters with the audience. Participants learn to listen for meaning and subtext, while characterizing dynamic relationships. Since each script is used for multiple groups, everyone is given the opportunity to expand their thinking by experiencing many different interpretations of the very same dialogue they used and interpreted one way.

Open scenes are designed to expand how participants respond to and interpret the same situation, exposing them to multiple interpretations. This skill is one basis for tapping into diverse viewpoints and bringing them to bear on business problems.

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Sing Broadway, Dance Broadway
With the leadership of a Broadway music director, your participants learn a well-known song from a Broadway musical. Examples include: “All That Jazz” (“Chicago”), “Take a Chance on Me” (“Mamma Mia!”), “Any Way You Want It” (“Rock Of Ages”), “Walk Like a Man” (“Jersey Boys”), and “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin”(“Oklahoma!”).

Add to the session Broadway “tricks of the trade” and participants, (who don’t need to sing well) will be treated like pros. They will be encouraged, challenged, and taught that each voice adds to the greater good. We will choose specific vocal exercises to magnify the business topic we address in the follow-up session. By the time they’ve learned the song, participants will feel more confident, energized and part of a cohesive group, while having created a real, tangible performance.

Next, it’s time for participants to “get on their feet.” The BFC choreographer will stage the number with the group. This will involve dance steps (not more complex than the Electric Slide or Macarena) but from the dance vocabulary of Broadway musicals. Choreography is taught in relation to the lyrics, making learning easy, and reinforcing success in the process. We add props and costumes and participants are transformed into performers. Stage fright becomes channeled into excitement, and thanks to the rehearsal process, confidence is high.

You have to rehearse. It makes you better.

—David Bowie

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Work Less and Do More: The (Zombie) Musical

Work Less and Do More: The (Zombie) Musical is a 2-person, 45-minute musical about personal productivity. It follows the journey of self-proclaimed General Stever Robbins as he gives his newest zombie army recruits—the audience—their orientation lecture in preparation for their initial battle to dominate the world and secure the world’s supply of Oreo ice cream cake for themselves.

Over the course of the show, General Robbins teaches several tips for helping get things done efficiently:

  • How to overcome procrastination when there are several pending projects
  • How to quickly handle a full email inbox without going insane
  • How to avoid becoming distracted by your technology
  • How to build stronger, trusting relationships with team members
  • How to make sure you’re working towards your goals rather than getting caught in busy-work

The show is interactive, with audience interaction and participation helping to make the tips even more memorable. Following the performance, the audience can engage with a Q&A or fully customized workshop to help adapt the principles shared in the show to their unique circumstances.

Audience members have written letters several months after seeing the show, saying they are still using the tips, leaving them with major leaps in their productivity.

The theatrical portion of the workshop was composed by off-Broadway composer Joel Derfner and Stever Robbins. The business application is facilitated by Stever Robbins.

You can see a sample video from the show at http://WorkLessAndDoMore.com.

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