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61 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
52. Seeing What You Saw for the First Time: Corey Rosen on choices, resiliency, and POV
Corey Rosen, author of Your Story, Well Told joins Kat and Livia. As much of the USA transitions out of pandemic mode, life becomes all about adapting to the "new normal." From his unique perspective as an improviser and story coach, Corey supplies some valuable techniques for those times when we need some fresh new ideas--now. Corey coaches people to find the essence of their personal stories, sometimes with radical edits. This bold approach often yields unexpected learning, surprising strategies, and valuable insights. If that weren't enough, here's a bonus: perhaps you've been thinking about (dreading?) resuming your dating life. Corey has some thoughts on reducing that awkwardness, as well. Give it a listen!
65 minutes | May 23, 2021
51. What is Positive Psychology Anyway? with Shannon Polly May 24, 2021
If the words "positive psychology" make you think of a mashup of canned affirmations and shallow optimism, you aren't alone. But in this episode, Shannon Polly, coach, theatre person, trainer, facilitator, and one of the first 100 people to get a Masters in Positive Psychology, sets the record straight. From a tale of a taping with Paula Poundstone to one about the death of a beloved hamster, Shannon offers stories and highly useful insights about finding opportunity in failure, recognizing our own real strengths, and maximizing success. After you listen, you'll probably want to order Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life, edited by Shannon. Proceeds from sales go to The Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship, a partnership between the MAPP Alumni Association, Penn's School of Arts and Sciences and the Positive Psychology Center, The Fellowship provides tuition remission of up to $30,000 to one or more new MAPP students annually.
65 minutes | May 9, 2021
50th Episode! Timey-Wimey; Spacey-Wacey: Michael Burns and Mopco's 25th Anniversary
Michael Burns is Kat's husband and the Artistic Director of our improvisational theatre company, The Mop & Bucket Co (mopco.org). Michael joins Kat and Livia to celebrate our 50th episode AND the 25th anniversary season of the Mop & Bucket Company. (but is it really? All is revealed in the podcast!) Among other things, we talk about what cargo cults have to do with artistic development and human learning. We also talk about the last 14 months in hiatus from in-person performance, the Zoomprov shows (live.mopco.org ) that have happened during that time, and the cautious reopening of The Mopco Improv Theatre. Oh, and why Michael believes that everyone can sing. Enjoy!If you want to learn more about using improvisation and story to help human leaders and organizations grow, check out koppett.com. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We love to hear from you!
70 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
49. Improv Nerdology with Joe Bill
Self-described improv nerd (and renowned improv performer and teacher) Joe Bill talks shop with Kat and Livia. Be forewarned, there's a fair amount of inside baseball in this one--if you aren't an improviser you may scratch your head at some of the references to names or exercises, but these few improv-specific moments keep company with an abundance of stories, revelations, laughter, and a celebration of tears. An hour solidly packed with insight about our favorite topic: daring to be human. You can learn more about Joe on facebook at his page Joe Bill teaches
73 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
48. Make Another Damn Pie! Dr. Cara Ocobock
Can you find a living point of connection between powerlifting, Laplandic reindeer herding, biology and anthropology, damaging gender stereotypes in the sports world, and improv? We can! Her name is Cara Ocobock. Dr. Ocobock is the Director of the Human Energetics Laboratory at Notre Dame University. Her research program integrates human biology and anthropology. In this episode, Cara, Kat, and Livia weigh in on some hefty topics, including toxic masculinity and damaging fictions about gender, particularly as they impact the sports world. We also hear about her research (with help from our colleagues at The Mopco Improv Theatre) into the positive effects of improv on stress and resilience. As an academic and scientist, Cara has no patience for a narrow, scarcity mentality that builds barriers—instead of protecting one’s piece of the pie, she suggests: make another one! We concur. If you are a fan of sports, of improv, of intellectual rigor and openness, or simply enjoy excellent conversation, you are sure to get a lot out of this episode! Cara's podcast: Sausage of ScienceCara's article in Sapiens: Sweating Through a Gym's Gender Barriers
41 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
How Much is Too Much? Tom Floyd on Transparency, Feedback and Sushi
Tom Floyd's company, Flouracity, creates " space for managers, leaders and other mammals to grow." He comes to this venture after years inside a number of large and wildly successful companies, the most recent, a fast-paced, fast-growth environment where radical prioritization and charting one's own course is imperative.Tom shares the story of his shock when he learned what his manager was really thinking. Relating to the learning from this story of unvarnished communication, Tom describes his love of feedback and more. This is a discussion of awareness and growth, pubic persona vs. private reality, what we mean by "transparency", and deliberate consciousness. "Not many people think about what's going on inside them a lot; they're just going , getting through the day." Listen in on this conversation with a fascinating, complex, and thoughtful human!
56 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Just When You Think You Know Yourself: A conversation with Dr. Charles Silberstein
Charles Silberstein is an esteemed psychiatrist, author, researcher, and fascinating, tireless observer of humanity, his own and others’. He also happens to be Kat's cousin! In this conversation, Charles and Kat discuss awakening to their own privilege, how awareness of conscious and unconscious bias is a never-ending journey, therapy as a form of storytelling, and ways that we humans take care of ourselves in trying times. Read Charles's monthly column On My Mind for the Martha's Vineyard Times!
64 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
The Maybe Farmer in the Pandemic World: A conversation with Pam Victor
Our friend Pam Victor, a teacher, writer, entrepreneur (and of course, improvisor) talks with Kat and Livia about her 30 Day Happiness Experiment- and lots of other things. This far-ranging conversation touches on unexpected results, joy, awareness, self-help, helping others, privilege, social justice, and much more. It might sound like a lot, but like a good improv show, the topics all come together in a fascinating exploration of Pam's particular version of being human. Learn more about Happier Valley Comedy and The Happiness Experiment Check out Pam's online Learning Through Laughter professional development program Follow Pam on Facebook and InstagramFind her book on improv, Improv at the Speed of Life, the T.J. and Dave Book here
57 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Molecules and Meanings: Different Rules Apply. Paul Z. Jackson
Paul Z. Jackson, a founder of the Applied Improv Network, is a journalist, a philosopher, and of course an improviser who came to improv from the from the "offstage world." Paul joins Kat and Livia to unpack some ongoing conversations. Among other things, they discuss learning from success, improvisation as an evaluative exercise, art vs. engineering, and the field of applied improvisation at a tipping point in the world. A conversation with Paul is usually interesting, never dull, often provocative, and sometimes inspiring. This one does not disappoint! By the way, Here's a link to Paul's blog:Paul Jackson Associates Ltd & The Improvisation AcademyBlog - Paul Jackson Associates Ltd & The Improvisation Academy
47 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Kevin Eikenberry: Leadership Made Simple
"Thoughts can be fuzzy; words are clear." Some welcome clarity on the qualities of effective leadership with our friend Kevin Eikenberry, a noted expert and innovator in the field of leadership.
60 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
Jeanne Lambin and the Ordinary Extraordinary
On Nov. 4th, Kat and Livia, no doubt sleep deprived but happy, had a fascinating conversation with Jeanne Lambin, a creator of many experiences for all kinds of folks. A quiet conversation containing some quiet revelations.
62 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
Old Dogs, New Learning
Kat and Livia discuss, among other things, learning, play, and the mistaken use of shame in education. WIth a brief cameo appearance by Riggie, Cinnamon, and Chester, the dogs (of varying ages.)
56 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Jeff Mitchell and Kat Koppett facilitate each other!
Kat talks about facilitation with Jeff Mitchell, President of Proteus International. Proteus and Koppett partner on a number of projects, including a series of programs to develop, coach and measure Facilitation Excellence.Through this lens, Kat and Jeff and Livia muse on collaboration, what's different and what's not at this strange time, and how great facilitation might just be the key to saving the world! (Oh, and check out our new logo!)
82 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Morgan Heyward Returns: Shining Brighter than Ever
Morgan Heyward of Illuminate Theatre returns to update us on her work, her thoughts on the state of the arts at this moment in our national consciousness, and some exciting new opportunities she has coming up. Check out our first DTBH follow-up episode!https://www.facebook.com/IlluminateTheatre518https://teespring.com/illuminatetheatremerch?pid=2&fbclid=IwAR2z-8ZTBTAgYElclKnwPRC2vxdQGihqGwc4_Me-naMXmP12dc7B5P5qBo0&cid=2397
70 minutes | May 26, 2020
The Actor's Nightmare
Broadway performer Adam Grupper recounts the tale of his real-life actor's nightmare, which happened to take place on the night of his Broadway debut in a starring role. In this conversation Adam and Kat talk about dedication, process over product, and the critical importance of the improv precept "make your partner look good." A fascinating hour with a kind, humble, and super talented master of his trade.
54 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
This New Performance with Kristen van Ginhoven
WAM Theatre is a professional theatre company based in Berkshire County, MA, USA, that operates at the intersection of arts and activism. WAM creates theatre for gender equity and has a vision of theatre as philanthropy. The founding artistic director of WAM, Kristen van Ginhoven, talked to us about the new performance called for in this unique time, intersectional feminism, performance, and vulnerability. A fascinating conversation with a powerful and innovative arts leader.
54 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Where Do You Store Your Power? with Dion Flynn
Our first-ever repeat guest, Renaissance man DIon Flynn talks about Grandma's purse, knowing everything will be OK, and the perception of our own personal power in a complicated time. Join us as we traverse the Escher-like corridors of a wonderful mind.
45 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are: Improv in a Time of Crisis
Kat and Alex discuss improvising in a time of crisis. If we weren't on the mark about us all improvising all the time, we certainly are now. Cancellations. New rules and guidelines. The ways things were can't be, so how do we keep moving? We discuss some basic improv principles that you may find helpful as you navigate and adjust to challenges, disruptions, and blocks in the era of Covid-19. Be sure to share this episode with a friend and to share your own Dare to be Human stories with us! ________________________________________________________* Submit a story for DTBH's Live Storytelling Show *Send us your advice from kids for our collaborative project, questions, comments, episode ideas or your very own Dare to be Human stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, join the conversation on our Facebook or leave us a message at 518-212-7886! We record at The Mopco Improv Theatre in Schenectady, NY where you can come visit us sometime! Original music by Mark S. MerittLogo by Derek WalkerEdited by Mary DarcyRecorded at The Mopco Improv Theatre
22 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
"Hollow Manners" - A DTBH Story with Kat and Alex
Kat and Alex discuss a Dare to Be Human Story Alex shares about bumping into someone at a concert. They discuss awareness, our internal stories, the differences that emerge in "shared" experiences, and how first reactions can be the wrong ones. Be sure to share this episode with a friend and to share your own Dare to be Human stories with us! ________________________________________________________* Submit a story for DTBH's Live Storytelling Show *Send us your advice from kids for our collaborative project, questions, comments, episode ideas or your very own Dare to be Human stories to email@example.com, join the conversation on our Facebook or leave us a message at 518-212-7886! We record at The Mopco Improv Theatre in Schenectady, NY where you can come visit us sometime! Original music by Mark S. MerittLogo by Derek WalkerEdited by Mary DarcyRecorded at The Mopco Improv Theatre
69 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
"Hunting for Good Gatherings" with Lindsey Caplan
Kat and Alex talk with Lindsey Caplan about her work on helping us to gather more effectively. We discuss Lindsey's journey discovering that she needed to do this work and begin to turn it into a book. She shares some insights into why gatherings can feel like a let down to those gathered and shares some tips to gatherers about how to be more intentional when you organize a gathering (or if you even need one). Also, smelling people? Lindsey CaplanLindsey Caplan has been gathering people for over 15 years — first to entertain, as a comedy writer in Hollywood, then to educate for companies like DreamWorks Animation and McKinsey, and now to transform as an organizational psychologist as the Head of Talent Development for successful Silicon Valley companies like Zendesk and Credit Karma. She earned a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Creative Writing for the Media from Northwestern University. She helps companies drive organizational change by applying lessons in gathering from entertainment, education, and business. Lindsey is currently writing a book on “Gathering”.Connect on Twitter or Linked InLearn more at lindseycaplan.com or share your research examples here https://lindseycaplan.com/contact/. 3 mistakes to avoid at your next company gatheringThe Gathering Effect: Leading others through change that lasts ________________________________________________________Send us your advice from kids for our collaborative project, questions, comments, episode ideas or your very own Dare to be Human stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, join the conversation on our Facebook or leave us a message at 518-212-7886! We record at The Mopco Improv Theatre in Schenectady, NY where you can come visit us sometime! Original music by Mark S. MerittLogo by Derek WalkerEdited by Mary DarcyRecorded at The Mopco Improv Theatre
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