Ted DesMaisons – Mindful Improv

Speaking with Ted DesMaisons was truly a joyful experience. This podcast was recorded in August 2017. Due to technical difficulties, we are releasing this great interview now. Thanks to Ted for helping with this project!

Ted is a beloved improv and mindfulness teacher who is internationally recognized for his work. His students describe him as someone who “teaches with clarity, creativity, and effective ritual”.  After completing graduate his MBA at Stanford Business he attended Harvard Divinity School. Ted has studied and performed improvisation across North America, including with  Patricia Ryan Madsen at Stanford, BATS Improv in San Francisco and Loose Moose Theater in Calgary, Alberta. All that experience supports a simple truth: Ted’s passion for teaching and learning leads him to share that passion with others like you. He is the founder and principal of ANIMA Learning.  You can find his thoughtful writings on improv, mindfulness, and spirituality at  Anima Learning Blog. Ted and his co-host,  Lisa Rowland chat about the beautiful, surprising and unruly intersection between mindfulness and improvisation at  Monster Baby Podcast.Ted is part of the Applied Improvisation Network  and a frequent workshop presenter (Applied Improvisation employs the principles of improvisational theatre in non-theatre settings: life, work, relationships, group dynamics, and the like. The skills and qualities that make good improv—spontaneity, presence, boldness, humility, collaboration, storytelling, and playfulness—also make great leaders and powerful teams).  Check out his presentation at the AIN 2015 Montreal Conference on  Improvisation as a Spiritual Practice.