January 2019

If I Understood you, Would I have this look on my face?: My adventures in the art and science of relating and communicating

Hosted by Brian Brophy

By Alan Alda

Brian Brophy

Since taking over in 2008 Brophy has directed 12 shows produced 15 and encouraged the formation of the student-driven group EXPLiCIT which has taken the last four summer shows and co-produced three musicals with TACIT. Along with receiving a Sloan Foundation/Ensemble Studio Theater Grant, TACIT has presented at Association for Theater Higher Education (ATHE) Conference and hosted several Indian artist-activists, co-producingTesla, an original radio drama written by Dan Duling at the Pasadena Playhouse, plus performing at Descanso Gardens, and the Armory Center for the Arts.

Brophy is a twenty-five year veteran actor in the film/TV/theater industry; a Fulbright Scholar; Scholar in Residence at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT); Artist in Residence for the California Arts Council/Culture Affairs Department, and recipient of a George Soros Foundation funding award for a theater project in Bosnia. Prior to Caltech he taught college at UC Riverside, Pomona College, Benares Hindu University, IIT Gandhinagar, and CSULA. His research Interests include theater for social change in India, an international collaboration and partnership in the transformation of culture through dialogue, storytelling and friendship. Currently he is working with IIT in an experimental Global Narratives with Caltech/IIT students via Skype.

His real passion is developing new work, encouraging new writers, teaching public speaking, writing skills, and non-verbal communication with voice and performance techniques. He recently assisted/advised Ken Pickar in the Caltech/Art Center and IITGn class ME 105 Product Design for Indian Market.

The acclaimed actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the art and science of communication, and teaches readers to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate ability to read what’s probably going on in the minds of others. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective. This book reveals what it means to be a true communicator, and how we can communicate better, in every aspect of our lives—with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond."

From alanalda.com