Connecting to the Present Moment: How Acting Techniques Build Interpersonal & Communication Skills

October 13, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dennis Schebetta, BA, MFA
Assistant Professor, Department of Theater Arts
Salk Hall, Room 355
The ability to listen and respond in the moment is crucial for any role in our society, but even more so in healthcare fields where even the smallest parcel of information, verbal or nonverbal, could affect treatment outcomes or even save a life. In this lecture and the subsequent workshop, we will explore how acting techniques build observational skills in order to read behavior embedded in nonverbal clues such as body language or vocal pitch changes. Actors for hundreds of years have known that deep communication is more than relaying information and that the art of listening, really listening with mind, body and emotion, is what allows an actor to be "in the moment". These simple techniques can be applied easily for use in any profession to enhance interpersonal and communication skills. SCOPE credit will be offered to students. Part of a series of events in a year-long exploration of the theme of Being Human organized by the School of Dental Medicine as part of the Provost’s Year of the Humanities in the University