Play at Work

Work is only stressful when it feels like work. But you can enjoy your job. You can have fun every day. It’s about finding work/life balance, and more important, stress/play balance. Whether at home or at work, this course will bring more play and joy into your life.

We’ll use improv and the benefits of play to improve your communication skills, business relationships, ability to think freely and creatively, and most important, reduce the stress and increase your play at work. (And yes, play is essential to working effectively.)

We’ll play with ideas like:

Wanting to be liked:

  • Handling negative feedback (or compliments!)
  • Dealing with conflict (saying “No” – not something I thought I’d ever say about an improv class)
  • Dealing with authority (and the idea of “rank”)

Wanting to have control over situations:

  • Taking ownership of your decisions and not blaming others
  • Accepting others as they are (instead of wanting to change them)
  • Being okay with things not going “your way”

Fear of change:

  • What if I lose my job?
  • Trying something new and stretching your comfort zone
  • New job, new boss, new people

Wanting to be the best:

  • Perfectionism and high expectations of yourself and others
  • Taking a break from always pushing to improve
  • Comparing yourself to others

Fear of making mistakes:

  • Being okay failing (not being perfect)
  • Handling “high stakes” events (presentations, interviews, the big meeting, etc.)
  • Saying the wrong thing or blanking on what to say

Not wanting to play:

  • Fear of being seen as unprofessional
  • Thinking you have to “earn” respect, time off, etc.
  • Stress during downtime (needing busy work to keep the mind distracted)
  • How to bring play into the “real” world

Yep, improv can make all those things fun! We’ll play games and laugh at the moments that usually freak us out.

Message me if you’re interested in the next class. 

WHO: You and a fun group of professional people who want to enjoy what they do, not fear it.

WHAT: Play Stress Away 6-week improv class. Using improv to help you find joy in what you do.

WHEN: Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm, starting April 6th.

WHERE: Cahoots Theatre, 388 Queen St. E. (off of Trefann St.)

WHY: Because it’s helpful and fun!

HOW MUCH: $220 plus tax.

Email me at if you’re interested.

We can work it out (with play)!

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