MAY 5, 2019


About the Workshop

This workshop uncovers how the practices of improv theatre can equip us with mindsets to resolve conflicts, by building connections and staying in flow in the face of disagreements . Participants will practise playing out the ‘Yes-And’ mindset and reflect on how these skills can transform the way we show up in difficult conversations. Open to all. No previous theatre experience required. The exercises will also gently stretch each individual’s ability to listen and engage positively and effectively in a tense or antagonistic environment. Open to all. No previous theatre experience required.

About Jonathan Pitts
A Chicago based award-winning international improv artist, he has taught and performed in 18 countries and across the US. He is also the executive director of Chicago Improv Productions; co-founder of the Chicago Improv Festival, which he produced for 20 years. He has played in over 1,250 improvised shows of almost every style, form and format. He taught at The Second City for 16 years and he is a contributing writer to their book on improv.



FEBRUARY 13, 2019

WED 9.30AM TO 5.30PM

The aim of this one day workshop is to introduce participants to the power of visual thinking and how to apply these techniques to enhance creative thinking and communication when working with groups.

Through basic drawing exercises and activities, this workshop will help participants gain confidence to draw in public and discover creative ways to increase group engagement and participation.

Visual facilitation is the use of creating basic drawings to lead a group or individual towards a goal. By customising the process in a visual form we allow for new thoughts and ideas to formulate. Seeing the big picture helps us gain further insights. We increase shared understanding to create engagement within a group. Visual thinking encourages us to change the way we approach a problem.

Some of the topics that will be covered:

• increase participation and engagement
• improve retention of key concepts
• facilitation templates to boost collaboration and decision making
• create meaningful connections to foster insights, group alignment

Participants do not need to know how to draw.
All they need is a desire to learn and think creatively in a friendly environment.

Christopher Malapitan is passionate about helping people and organisations realise their potential. His vision is to get visual thinking into the hands of everyone. Before life as a visual practitioner he worked for 15+ years in TV, producing countless TV commercials and creative content, working closely with ad agencies and production studios. He thrived in organised chaos and learned how to tell a good story.
As a visual facilitator and trainer, he uses visual thinking methods to help storytellers, NGOs, creative curators and various professionals to “see the big picture”. Some of the clients he has worked with are: Ashoka, UN Volunteers, ICCROM, The European Commission, ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles), GiZ (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).
He currently lives in Brussels.





This November 2018, By the River presents four immersive workshops for deepening your practise and art of telling stories. Whether you are a professional storyteller, an educator, a leader or a lover of stories, these workshops will leave you inspired on how you can make your telling more powerful.

About Sue Hollingsworth
Sue has been a professional storyteller, workshop facilitator, leader and coach for over 20 years. Before she founded the Centre for Biographical Storytelling in 2017, she co-founded the International School of Storytelling, the longest established school of its kind in Europe and Storytelling in Organisations which pioneered business storytelling in Europe from 1997. She offers courses, trainings and workshops around the world- in the craft of telling personal stories, community building through story, story retreats for men and women on relationship and leading story walks in nature. Sue has been travelling to India since past two years, making her expertise and wisdom available to us in Bangalore India.

Read more about Sue’s work on www.centreforbiographicalstorytelling.com

About the Workshops

1.The Magic of Storytelling
14, 15 Nov 2018

A workshop for beginners or storytellers, on the art and fundamental practises for preparing and telling a traditional story. No previous storytelling experience needed.
Investment- 5,500 plus GST @18%
For up to 20 participants

2. Under the Surface
17 Nov 2018

Why do we keep telling stories? Could it be that they are about us as well as characters in the tale? Taking one story in depth through games, exercises and conversation this workshop will enable participants to dive under the surface of the story and see what it has to offer. No previous storytelling experience needed.
Investment- 2,500 plus GST @18%
For up to 20 participants

3. Finding Gold- Next Steps in Personal telling
20, 21, 22 Nov 2018

Once you have a story from your own life in mind, how can you apply the skills of the storyteller to ensure that your listeners will be nourished by it? How can the craft of storytelling help us to convey the weight as well as the glitter of the gold we find in our own lives? Suitable for those who have completed a personal storytelling workshop earlier and wish to further develop their skills
Investment- 12,500 plus GST @18%
For up to 10 participants

4. More Magic
24, 25 Nov 2018

Working with traditional stories you will be exploring how to make a story your own, deepening your audience connection and introducing some key skills to improve your storytelling abilities.
Suitable for those who already have some experience of storytelling and want to take further steps
Investment- 5,500 plus GST @18%
For up to 15 participants

For more storybased events and programs in Bangalore visit www.bytheriver.in

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Improv for learning

March 26th  2018, Mon,  2 PM to 5 pm

OR  April 1st 2018, Sun 10 am to 1 pm


Improv theatre is the art of co-creating scenes, dialogues and monologues spontaneously. This is a three hour improv theatre  workshop for educators, coaches, counsellors and for those who  work with groups in unique experiential ways.



An award winning international theatre artist from Chicago he is a creator, director, improviser, performer, producer, and teacher.  Co-founder of the  the Chicago Improv Festival he has produced it for 20 years now,  in addition to teaching at The Second City for 16 years and being a contributing writer to their book on improvisation.

Workshop Fee: INR1500 per head

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10 & 24 March, 7 & 21 April & 5 May 2018
(All Saturdays)

Expressive Drama is about increasing personal awareness and expressiveness through play, improvisation, stories, theatre games and psychodrama - to create new behaviours, new meanings and new choices for participants. It is playful, yet sparks insight. It promotes spontaneity, emotional expression, autonomy and behavioural change. 

In this 5 part workshop participants will: 
• Deepen their awareness and knowledge of the self
• Explore the desired change and take steps towards integrating those changes through a creative process
• Expand their internal role repertoire and practise new roles and behaviours in a supportive environment.

This workshop is for you if :
• You are feeling blocked towards a change you want to see in yourself
• You desire to be more expressive and impactful, when you communicate
• You are curious about how drama can enable self-discovery

Time: 9.30 am to 1 pm

Fee: INR 5,900 (incl. GST)

*Open to everyone above 21 years of age
*No previous experience of drama is required
*You have to commit to attending all 5 sessions



A four series session of four hours each

24 JUN, 15 JUL, 5 AUG, 26 AUG - 2017


This is an improvisational theatre based workshop for connecting with and nurturing one's creativity muscles. Improvisational theatre is a collaborative art form, built on spontaneity and trust. Generating and connecting countless ideas. amidst action and discovery, the practices of improvisational  theatre enables us grow our listening, trust our impulses, adapt with ease and support others positively without criticism or evaluation.   In this workshop you will-

  • Explore and connect with your spontaneous self, through playing and active story-making in a group

  • Expand your golden triangle of expression- the body, voice and the imagination- progressively over the sessions.

  • Creative reflections and conversations in a diverse trustful group

  • Explore why and how to leverage spontaneity into other areas of your life




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I met me

A workshop series of 6 sessions

starting 24th september 2017

This is an intimate workshop designed for participants to explore aspects of themselves through play and drama based action methods, within a safe and supportive group setting. Drama based methodology allows one to express themselves creatively in action which can lend itself to meaningful insights. The group plays an important part of this process, both as a mirror as well as compassionate support. Themax group size for this workshop is limited to 10.

What will you do?
These six sessions are designed to allow you to-
• explore how you can act and be in alignment with who you are
• uncover and reflect on patterns that may be holding you back from living out your full potential
• engage your body, voice and imagination to experience increased spontaneity, for deepening emotional expression, have insights and move towards the desired change. 

*Attendance for all sessions are mandatory.

For whom?

This workshop is open to anyone above 18.This workshop is for you if you want to-
• deepen self and interpersonal awareness
• overcome fears and expand the roles you play
• bring authenticity into the quality of your relationships
• express and integrate blocked thoughts and emotions
• practice new skills or prepare for the future

and most of all you enjoy expressing yourself in creative ways.

Where and when?

The workshop is set in the serene green space of Bose Compound in Wilson Garden, Bangalore and will take place on 6 Sundays between September and November 2017.

Program Cost- Rs 4500/ for the whole program

About the Program Facilitators

 Shama Parkhe likes to be known as a passionate mental health warrior with a qualification in MSc Psychology (Clinical). She co-founded Hank Nunn Institute, a registered charitable trust, in July 2014, and presently works in the capacity of a Clinical Director. Hank Nunn Institute (HNI) is a not-for-profit organisation working towards developing affordable, accessible, culturally congruent treatment, awareness, and training services in the field of mental health. Shama has a keen interest in developing alternatives to traditional mental health practises by involving the larger community. 

Madhu Shukla is a theatre based facilitator and the founder of Playspace. She has extensively explored the applications of theatre for leadership and personal transformation and through Playspace, she offers theatre based learning experiences for organisations and communities to practise authentic, respectful communication and deepen self as well as interpersonal awareness. She is a certified coach from the International Coach Federation and a certified Psychodrama Practitioner.



Workshop series in Bangalore to be announced

28 NOV TILL 10 DEC 2017

Sue Hollingsworth has been performing and teaching storytelling for over 20 years. She is an acclaimed, internationally recognised workshop leader as well as regularly performing programmes of both traditional and biographical stories to adults. She is Director of the Centre for Biographical Storytelling , a Founding Member of the Centre for Narrative Leadership, a Founder of the International School of Storytelling and Patron of the Amari Storytelling Project in Crete. She is co-author of the best-selling book The Storyteller’s Way: Sourcebook for Inspired Storytelling (2012)and is currently completing another book on telling true life stories. Her work takes her to organisations and communities all over Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa, New Zealand and India.




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