Teresa Lyons Hegdahl, MFA
Associate Professor, Theater
St. Catherine University

Teresa Lyons Hegdahl, MFA, Associate Professor, Department of Theater, St. Catherine University. A master teacher, Teresa specializes in helping others tell their stories with impact. Whether in the classroom or the boardroom, Teresa facilitates the realization of effective communication. Her professorial focus is performance classes. Teresa is a sought-after Executive Communication Coach, whose clients include Fortune 500 and 100 companies. Additionally, she has an expertise in improvisation having worked as a company member for ComedySportz and Dudley Rigg's Brave New Workshop. Her current area of scholarly inquiry is healthcare improvisation as a pathway for strengthening the capabilities of healthcare professionals.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

This interactive seminar will address optimizing the interprofessional clinical learning environment, and clinical practice, through the principles of improvisational theatre. The skills utilized by improvisational actors demonstrate their ability to accept uncertainty and ambiguity. Health care providers require these same skills to effectively practice in an intrinsically unpredictable environment. Improvisational actors count on their fellow actors to expand on ideas as they create a scene on stage. They listen carefully while observing body language, paying attention not only to the words…