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Improv Wisdom - Patricia Ryan Madsson

Patricia is the author of IMPROV WISDOM: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up and a professor Emerita from Stanford University where she began teaching in 1977. In the Drama Department she served as the head of the undergraduate acting division and developed the improvisation program. She founded and coached the Stanford Improvisors and taught beginning and advanced level courses in improvisation for undergraduate as well as adults in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. In 1998 she won the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Innovation in Undergraduate Education. In 1996 she founded the Creativity Initiative at Stanford, an interdisciplinary alliance of faculty who share the belief that creativity can be taught. She had the pleasure of teaching Design Improv for the School of Engineering, and she has been a guest lecturer for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and for the Mayfield Fellows Program. Regularly she is on the faculty at the Esalen Institute, and she has given workshops for the California Institute for Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the National Association of Drama Therapists, the Western Psychological Association, Duke University East Asian Studies Center, Wellness in the Workplace for BC University, the Meaningful Life Therapy Association in Japan, and for the Intrepid Foundation. Her corporate clients have included: Google, Gap Inc.'s Executive Leadership Team, The Lucille and David Packard Foundation, the Banff Centre for Leadership, the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Hewlett Packard, Digital Impact, IDEO, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Association for YMCA Professionals (AYP), Sun Microsystems Japan Division, Extempo Systems, Apple Computers, Adobe Systems, the Santa Fe Leadership Center and Price Waterhouse. She is happiest when she is improvising in the classroom, helping to solve a problem or painting watercolor ah plahn aire.

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