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Think Like An Artist

The Guthrie’s professional development classes and group trainings are designed to connect individuals and teams to the artistry and creative process of the Guthrie Theater.

Through an exploration of the unique skills theater makers use to take an idea and turn it into a fully realized production, these trainings challenge individuals to Think Like An Artist when approaching their work, resulting in improved communication skills, creative problem solving and inspired leadership. 

Looking to boost your own professional skills? Check out our individual classes.

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Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

Rectifying Representation and Wrongdoing: Ethical Obligations and Aspirations of Whistleblowing

Thursday, May 31
Class: 2–5 p.m. · Networking happy hour: 5–6:30 p.m.
$280 (group discounts available)
3.0 Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Ethics Credits applied for

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How do lawyers resolve competing ethical obligations when clients engage in criminal or harmful behavior? How does this tension change when a lawyer’s client is the government? How are these obligations effected when the damage or harm is to the environment?

Through the power of live performance, participants examine the themes and subject matter of Henrik Ibsen’s timeless play An Enemy of the People, to explore the ethical obligations attorneys may face in representing or dealing with whistleblowers. Issues include the obligation of an attorney to protect client communications and the duty to avoid prejudicing the administration of justice.

This unique ethics CLE includes staged scenes from the play performed by professional actors, followed by thought provoking and engaged discussion with our moderated panel of experts.

The session is followed by a hosted networking happy hour and complimentary tickets to that evening’s performance of An Enemy of the People

Classes for teams

Collaborate: Creating the Ensemble

The process of creating a play is a collaborative act. Often with only 4-6 weeks of rehearsal time, a company of actors must quickly learn how to work together and create a space of trust and support. By jumping into the role of an ensemble of actors, this team building workshop will use strategies theater makers employ to unite their artistic team and translate the ways in which it can lead to a more collaborative and creative workplace. 

Customized to fit the needs of each group, focus areas include: active listening, presence, verbal and non-verbal communication, creative brainstorming, risk taking and understanding your audience.

Surprise visits from guest artists provide insight into the Guthrie’s Creative Process, illustrating the ways in which the work can contribute to a more collaborative, inspiring and creative workplace.

 

Presentation Skills: Communicating the Story

Adapting and connecting to an audience, communicating clearly in an authentic and engaging voice, and strategically expressing an idea – these are all essential elements for a great stage performance … and a solid presentation.

This training takes a holistic approach to improving presentation skills by exploring the techniques professional actors use to prepare both mentally and physically for a role. Topics covered include vocal training, storytelling techniques, strategies to connect and engage with your audience and adapting to the unexpected.

Surprise visits from guest artists provide insight into the Guthrie’s Creative Process, illustrating the ways in which this work can contribute to a more collaborative, inspiring and creative workplace.

Leadership: Unite and Inspire

Like all great actors, effective leaders require an engaging and open presence. By following the four stages of the Creative Process (Imagine, Play, Create, Reflect) participants will gain insight into the strategies actors use to develop the awareness required to play characters onstage, and explore ways in which an effective director unites a team of artists and technicians to realize their artistic goal. Perfect for executive teams and managers, this course teaches participants how to develop vocal clarity and variety, how to relax under pressure and how to utilize all of these skills to galvanize a team in working toward a common vision.

Surprise visits from guest artists provide insight into the Guthrie’s Creative Process, illustrating the ways in which this work can contribute to a more collaborative, inspiring and creative workplace.

What to expect

Our trainings are designed to fit the unique needs of each team. We recommend reserving 4+ hours to cover the content outlined below. These trainings are experiential by nature with on-your-feet games and exercises. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in comfortable clothing and shoes.

A fundamental part of these trainings is to inspire groups and individuals to take risks and think differently about their work. Our Teaching Artists are skilled in creating a space where participants feel safe and comfortable to explore and play. 

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