What is Corporate Theatre?

A Raw and Powerful Learning Experience

Corporate Theatre is where two distinct industries – Education and Theatre – are blended to create a powerful learning experience in an entertaining and engaging manner.

There are three basic types of learning that we all undertake; skills, knowledge and attitude. We learn skills by ‘doing’ and we learn knowledge by ‘reading or listening’ to others who have the knowledge. Learning an attitude is not easy in a classroom with traditional training methods. This is why role plays and case studies have become popular training methods.

Attitudinal training that suit ‘Role plays’ as a training method include; customer service, sales skills and more advanced interpersonal skills such as counselling and coaching.

Our emphasis will be on having fun, and having a healthy laugh whilst new leadership insights are served up in a safe and non-threatening manner.

Power of Role Plays

Corporate Theatre is where the ‘role play’ is taken to another level and professional actors are bought in, to perform purpose written scripts in their own piece of theatre. Allowing participants to  ‘see straight what has been built crooked.’ (1)

Corporate Theatre allows participants ‘. . . to see their own reality in new ways and to generate a language verbal or non-verbal that enables them to talk about what they normally don’t talk about.’ (1)

Director Peta Cooke discussing the script with Playwrite Tony Robertson

Director Peta Cooke discussing the script with Playwrite Tony Robertson

Dynamic Conversations will be using Corporate Theatre to showcase leadership models that develop emotional intelligence and inter-personal skills. The emphasis will be on having fun, and having a healthy laugh whilst new leadership insights are served up. Participants will have the ability to immerse their senses in the theatrical experience, whilst learning new models of behaviour, and gaining a language to enhance their understanding of the complex nature of leadership.

Our corporate theatre activities will be performed to the general public. This means the trust and empathy for other team members will not be built in the same way as a closed workshop.  Therefore the focus of Dynamic Conversations will be to educate and entertain in a non-threatening and safe manner. Whilst participants will be welcome to ask questions, any in-depth enquiry into team issues will be referred to Carol Hautot for further specialised, in-house team-training or coaching.

Why Corporate Theatre?

 Theatre has an amazing capacity to evoke an emotional response to the action on stage. And when we’re emotionally engaged we are more receptive to learning.

Dynamic Conversations will bring an imaginary office setting to life, providing an opportunity to learn what makes for a happier and more productive workplace.

This is creative, dynamic learning at it’s best – you will ‘SEE‘ the poor behaviour, you will ‘FEEL‘ the impact it has on people, and you will breathe a sigh of relief as easy solutions are revealed to you.

Leadership skills include advanced interpersonal communications and an higher level of emotional intelligence and awareness. These skills are not easy to learn through traditional training methods. Engaging in these on-stage conversations will create better communication, more confidence in your staff and a higher level of productivity and motivation from the whole team.

(1) From Dramaturgy to Theatre as Technology: The Case of Corporate TheatreTimothy Clark1,*, Iain Mangham  Journal of Management Studies Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 37–59, January 2004