LIVE: The Living Improv Experiment

The Living Improv Experiment (LIVE) is improvised entertainment featuring scientists' lives. This interactive event is available for conferences, meetings and any occasion celebrating scientists, their lives and their work.The event begins with games in which the audience interacts with performers and each other. Volunteer scientists from the audience sit with a moderator from the LIVE troupe to discuss their field of study and why they work in it. The performers then create a number of humorous and thought-provoking characters inspired by the scientists' lives.

The performers, scientist-improvisers, play with the roles of scientists and the lives they lead to show the human element of science, which can often get lost in day-to-day work and culture. Scientists certainly have personal and professional interests that may relate—or not!—to their scientific practice. We highlight who scientists are as people, as members of scientific communities and as members of our larger culture.

This fun, interactive event sets the stage for open discussion about these questions on the role of the scientists' work in their lives and their lives in their work. At a LIVE event, scientists can participate as audience members, as volunteers who get interviewed or as performers themselves! It's theater by scientists for everyone. When you bring a LIVE troupe to your gathering, it gives your colleagues a chance to see their work in a new way. If you would like to host a LIVE event for your community of scientists or engineers, contact us.

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