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ACE Monthly Meeting - October 21, 2016

  • October 21, 2016
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth


  • Member Pricing when paid in advance
  • Non-member pricing
  • Pay now for the next 6 months and you do not have to remember to register again for 6 months!
  • 12 meetings for the price of 11! Plus the bonus of not having to register again for a year!

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The Power of Improv

This presentation will introduce participants to the improviser’s world, where they are released into the here and now of authentic, validating interaction.  Participants experience how the “improvisational attitude” applies to their own specific areas of professional leadership and collaboration.  Through a combination of lecture and on-your-feet exercises, participants will flex those improvisational muscles so often in play in working interactions.  

Takeaways:  Theatre-based techniques of Improv are powerful tools toward effective leadership and employee interaction. The same insights that guide “improv” performers toward richer, more rewarding work onstage can greatly enhance teamwork in the workplace.  

Our Presenter:

David LaGraffe is an actor/educator with Lights Up! and Portland Playback Theatre Co.  He has taught acting and improvisation for over twenty years.  He has studied with world-famous Keith Johnstone and the endlessly resourceful Jeff Wirth.  He has given workshops for various businesses and organizations and has lead conferences for healthcare professionals.  David is also Artistic Director of Portland Playback theatre: improvisationally enacting stories offered by the audience.  

Roundtable Details

Takes place from 9:45-10:30 following the regular meeting and is optional



“What do you say after you say “Hello:”

“Getting to know you, getting to know “all” about you”


Come join us for a lively interactive discussion and experience of what can really work in helping groups begin connecting:

            - with each other

            - with the task at hand

            - with the focus of your intervention


How you begin with a group can set the positive tone you are looking for.


Simple exercises can help everyone begin on a common note that will play an important part throughout the consultation.

Our Facilitator:

Waite Maclin, has been leading and facilitating workshops and trainings for the past 50 years. His experience includes the US Peace Corps/Philippines, the State Department, State of Maine Governmental Agencies, public workshops,  non-profit organizations, for profit companies, etc.


The roundtable will include a review of specific “icebreakers” Waite has used and developed over the years (these will be included in a handout), as well as offerings and discussion of what participants have used in their own work. There will be interactive activities as well.


Join us so we can learn from each other.

The Facts...


The ACE regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

Registrations are required by October 18th, 2016. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date.


You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover NOT AMERICAN EXPRESS!) or mail a check to:
110 Marginal Way #142
Portland ME 04101

If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.

Cancellation - the meeting will be cancelled if Portland Schools are cancelled.

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