Monday, July 29

4:35 pm - 5:15 pm

Change in the work place is usually focused on two different goals: The customer experience or the bottom line. But what about your employees?

Change can be difficult for many employees to grapple with, and for good reason. It’s human instinct to fear the unknown. But what if you had the tools to introduce changes to your organization that not only alleviated some of your employee’s stresses, but also energized and prepared them for what is to come?

At The Second City, we have to be flexible and nimble when we’re improvising on stage. We never know what’s going to happen until it happens. Our exercises will provide you with new ways of preparing your employees for the unknown while opening your eyes to what they may feel when you bring change into their day-to-day lives.

You will learn:

  • Communication techniques that allow your employees to speak about their experiences and be heard
  • Improv techniques that improve your agility and flexibility, as well as new ways to introduce change to the work place.
  • Engagement exercises that you can take back to the office to allow your employees to increase their focus, intention, empathy and overall commitment to the goals of your business

Tyler Dean Kempf

Improviser, Writer and Director
Second City Works

About Tyler Dean Kempf

A Second City trained improviser, writer and director, Tyler has directed sketch and improv shows for The Second City and other companies throughout the city of Chicago over the past decade. In addition to stage work, he has also written and directed branded digital content, which has been distributed worldwide for a variety of clients including those in the Insurance, Hospitality, Mobile Phone and Alcohol industries.

Outside of Second City Works, Tyler teaches the world’s next great comedians as an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago in both the Television and Theatre departments. As a playwright, his plays have received productions and stage readings all over the country, including ‘Run-of-the-Mill’, which premiered in Chicago and ‘Save the Date’, which was a finalist in Pride Films and Plays Great Gay Play contest. He recently received his MFA is Creative Writing for the Stage & Screen at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kat Barker

Director, Writer, Facilitator and Performer
Second City Works

About Kat Barker

Kat Barker is a director, writer, facilitator and performer for Second City Works specializing in improvisation and storytelling. She has directed/assistant directed numerous Brandstages for clients as diverse as National Food Chains, Personal Care products, Department Stores, Insurance Companies, Pet Food Brands and National Banks.

She has helped to develop curriculum and design programming for the Chicago Bears, After School Matters and Second City as well as had the privilege of directing or performing for Just for Laughs, Chicago Sketchfest, Chicago Improv Festival, Montreal Improv Festival, iO and Annoyance Theaters.