Using Improvisational Theater to Facilitate Better Communication / Henry Gibson

Using Improvisational Theater to Facilitate Better Communication

This workshop will introduce participants to the use of improvisational theater in medicine as a way to enhance communication skills when interacting with patients of different backgrounds. In this session, workshop participants will take part in an improvisational theater exercise called the murder-mystery gibberish exercise that will challenge participants to communicate with each other while speaking only gibberish. After the exercise, there will be a discussion that focuses on the challenges that arose during the exercise for participants and different ways to better facilitate communication between healthcare providers and patients in a global health setting.

Henry Gibson graduated with a B.A. from DeSales University as a Theater Major, Acting/Directing track. In college, he tried a double major – pre-med and theater – until he discovered that there were literally not enough hours in the day to do both! His improv training began at DeSales, continued under Todd Loughry at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, most recently at SAK Comedy Labs in Orlando and includes a variety of studios and masterclasses. Performing since he was ten years old, Henry feels acting training is a similar to medical training in that it never ends. Recently, Henry discovered Medical Improv, the perfect blending of his two loves and, studying under the guidance of other Medical Improv practitioners, Henry created an ad hoc training course for himself. He continued his work as an actor, sometimes playing a medical student, and hopes to use his decades of theatrical experience to help the doctors of tomorrow develop Communication, Collaboration, and Leadership skills.