Yesterday, I assisted Kamil Haque from the acting school HCAC as a facilitator in an improvisation-based workshop for OCBC. It was a team building workshop with the objective to create a new company culture. We worked with fresh graduates who had just entered the company and had not yet become integrated into the old company culture. There were 68 participants, and for such a huge group of people, we had eight facilitators as well as Kamil leading the full-day workshop.
It was really interesting working with so many people. As a performer, I’m used to training myself to improve my own skills at a craft. It’s very different to try and teach other people how to do those skills, especially when everybody has their own ideas and strengths. However, I must say I was very impressed by how the participants performed in the workshop, as they largely seemed to grasp the principles we were trying to express through our programme.
Working so closely with such a large group for over 8 hours, I definitely learnt a lot from my interactions with the participants. I’m glad for the effort they put into all our games and exercises, and especially for their sincerity in reflecting on the activities. I, too, had much to reflect on as the day drew to a close.
I’m very happy and honoured to have been part of this wonderful team of people, working on something that I find incredibly meaningful, and making an impact on people. My main objective as a performer is to have an impact on how people think and feel about things, and it’s great to be able to open up my perspective on that and do this kind of work in a facilitator role as well. It’s creating art in a whole different way.
Most of all, I feel incredibly glad to be part of this community of people who share similar worldviews as myself, with a similar approach to life and how we interact with the people around us. I hope to always keep learning and growing with them!