Use Acting to Learn Punctuation

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Written communication is a convenient substitute for spoken communication. For thousands and thousands of years, communication was spoken, one to one to one until everyone knew. Records were written down, but not stories. News was delivered by criers who walked through the streets yelling...

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Bruce Nelson and Jimi Kinstle attended Towson University together in the 1980s where they were introduced to improvisation. After college they helped form The Flying Tongues, a Comedy-slash-improv troupe that performed regularly in Baltimore and went on a cross-country tour in 1995. Through their study of improvisation, they learned the basic tenet: “yes, and…” In improvisation, an actor receives what is said (“yes”) and then furthers it (“and”). This principle is well-applied in many aspects of life, including education and business.

Grounded in this philosophy, Creativity & Associates was formed in 2008. Bruce and Jimi, separately and together, have taught hundreds of people how to improve their communication and inter-personal skills through the simple act of listening: visually, audibly and emotionally.

They asked Joan Weber to join and launch an education division in winter 2009. She had been applying the same principles in education, through arts integration and professional development for many years. The fit made sense, especially for those who believe in lifelong learning.

Creativity & Associates offers programming for schools (students, teachers, administrators), businesses (executives, staff) and individuals to increase creative capacities, communication and listening skills, and self-confidence.