Featured at the AIN Mini Conference – Paul Z. Jackson

Paul Z. Jackson is the president and one of the founders of the Applied Improvisation Network.

He’s a London based consultant, coach and author with books such as The Solutions Focus – Making Coaching and Change Simple, Impro Learning, 58 1/2 Ways to Improvise in Training and The Inpirational Trainer.

At the AIN Manila Mini Conference, he will be leading a session on Designing an Applied Improvisation Program and a session on Handling Debriefs.

Paul will also be at The Top Shelf, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street at 2pm on June 27th.

Seats are limited for Paul’s talk. Call Management Strategies at 750.86.82 to 84 and look for Neren or Marian. You can also send an email to mae.young@mgtstrat-asia.com.

Featured at the AIN Mini Conference – Brillante Mendoza

62nd Cannes Film Festival Best Director Brillante Mendoza will be one of our featured speakers at the Applied Improvisation Network from June 25-26.

Known for his incisive and brutally honest filmmaking, he will be talking about his creative process and how improvisation plays a major part in how he directs his actors and how he works with his crew.

Here’s a feature that the show Voyager on History Channel did on Brillante Mendoza.

We still have 4 slots available for the AIN Conference at 12,000 a head.

Send us an email at manilaimprovfest@gmail.com if you want to join us.

Free tickets to the Manila Impov Festival, thanks to our friends from Avida!

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So did you say that you and and your office barkada want to join in on the fun and watch the Manila Improv Festival? Well, thanks to our friends from Avida Towers Centera, we’ll be giving away 5 tickets for every show of the festival!

Here’s how to get your tickets:

1. Take a picture of your office barkada of five people – the crazier, the better!

2. Post it on your Facebook and your Twitter accounts with the hashtag #manilaimprovfest. Yes, Facebook does hashtags now too.

3. Take a screenshot of your post and email it to us at avidatowerscenterapromos@gmail.com with the names and email addresses of all the people in the picture. 

4. We’ll choose the best picture and give your group 5 tickets to one of the shows of the Manila Improv Festival

We will be choosing one barkada of 5 people for each of the 7 shows and  you can send as many different photos as you like.

Keep checking this page because we will be announcing the winners right here.

And here it is! The schedule for the Manila Improv Fest!

Check out what we have in store for you at the Manila Improv Fest!

 JUNE 25

  • AIN Mini Conference Day 1 at Casa San Pablo, Laguna


  • AIN Mini Conference Day 2 at Casa San Pablo, Laguna
  • 5pm – Opening Cocktails at the PETA Theater Center, Quezon City
  • 8pm – Performances at the PETA Theater Center by

                        SPIT, SWITCH and TAICHUNG IMPROV


  • 2pm – Public Talk at Top Shelf, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street by Paul Z. Jackson, President of the Applied Improvisation Network – UNLEASHING THE CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE LEADER IN YOU THROUGH THE MAGIC OF IMPROVISATION
  • 8pm – Performances at the PETA Theater Center by

                       Beijing Improv, Xiamen Improv and SPIT


  • 9am to 4pm – Open Space Technology Workshop at the PETA Theater Center for experienced improvisers by Gabe Mercado
  • 8pm – Performances at the PETA Theater Center by

                        Pirates of Tokyo Bay, 3 Dudes Improv and Plus One


  • 9am to 12pm – Improv Master Class at PETA Theater Center by Gabe Mercado
  • 10am to 4pm  – Introduction to Improvisation at Peta Theater Center by SPIT
  • 1pm to 4pm – Directing and Setting Up Your Own Improv Group Workshop at PETA Theater Center by Paul Z. Jackson
  • 6pm – Performances at PETA Theater Center by

                      Zmack, Plus One and Pirates of Tokyo Bay

  • 9PM – Performances at PETA Theater Center by

                     Taichung Improv, Beijing Improv and People’s Liberation Improv

  • 11PM – Performance at the PETA Theater Center Roofdeck by

                      RADIOACTIVE SAGO PROJECT

 June 30

  • 10am – Introduction to Improv and Improv Master Class Workshop Recital at the PETA Theater Center
  • 1pm – Performances at the PETA Theater Center by

                      Peoples Liberation Improv, 3 Dudes Improv and Xiamen Improv

  • 4pm – International Improv Jam + Closing of the Festival

The Improviser’s Mindset

I met executive coach and improviser Beth St. Clair at an Applied Improvisation Network conference in Amsterdam in 2010.

Here is a TEDx IUPUI talk she gave which takes a look at the improviser’s mindset and how we can bring the lessons of improvisation into the workplace.

So What Exactly is Applied Improvisation? Find out at the AIN Manila Mini Conference

The Manila Applied Improvisation Network Mini Conference will be held from June 25-26 at Casa San Pablo in Laguna.

This somewhat (but only marginally) more serious conference shall kick off the Manila Improv Festival by gathering together clients, practitioners, actors and other interested folk who use or are very interested in using improvisational theater techniques in their various fields of work.

The AIN website puts it way more eloquently –

It’s not about hiring actors or setting up role plays. For the AIN, it is about practising and developing skills to help people communicate more effectively. We take the techniques out of theatre (and other arts), and apply them to create:

  • strategies that are more effective because more inclusive
  • better relationships in teams founded on skills of co-operation
  • more incisive leadership
  • more responsive and alert coaching
  • more compelling presentations, enriched by spontaneity and well-crafted stories

The AIN Mini Conference we will be hosting will be the very first of its kind in South East Asia and only the second conference to be held in Asia.

Leading the conference together with yours truly is Paul Z. Jackson, president and one of the founders of the Applied Improvisation Network who will be flying in all the way from the United Kingdom to be with us at the conference.

We’ve got an interesting lineup of topics that we will be jumping into during the conference. Among them are –

  • Improvisation and Working with Kids with Special Needs – Bibay Cordero, Special Education Teacher
  • Improv Games in Teaching Philippine Literature –  Ariel Diccion, Ateneo de Manila & Peking University
  • The Coconut Plantation and the 101 Ways To Use The Coconut – An Mercado-Alcantara, Plantation Owner
  • The Debrief, Briefly – A how to session on proper debriefing techniques – Paul Z. Jackson
  • Case Study: Applied Improvisation in Shanghai, China – Curt Mabry
  • Making the Case for Applied Improv: How Companies Around the World are Using Improv – Kay Ross
  • Large Group Training Games – Happy Feraren, SPIT
  • Working with The Story Spine – Gabe Mercado
  • Improvisation in Film – 62nd Cannes Film Festival Best Director Brillante Mendoza
  • Designing an Applied Improv Program – Paul Z. Jackson
  • Selling an Applied Improv Program – Kay Ross

Plus a few more exciting sessions that we are awaiting final confirmation on.

We have only 15 slots 4 slots left available to practitioners in the human resource, leadership and development and creative fields.

The conference fee is 12,000 inclusive of materials, meals, transportation and shared accommodations at Casa San Pablo, our conference venue.

If you book a conference seat before June 5, or if you will be booking 3 or more seats, we would be happy to extend a rate of 10,000 pesos.

Send us an email at manilaimprovfest@gmail.com for reservations.


At the AIN Conference in Amsterdam, 2010

Featured Act: Taichung Improv

Taichung Improv


Featured Act: Taichung Improv

As the deadline nears for applications for the festival, we are getting more and more confirmations from the different groups that will be flying in from different parts of the world.

The wonderful people of Taiching Improv were one of the first confirmations that we received. We’re glad to have you on board, Josh, Amanda and company!

Can’t wait to see you and perform with you!