“Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” - Barack Obama
Hi, I’m Melissa Bowler, a communication consultant and teaching artist working with corporations and universities across the United States since 2009. I also co-founded Providence Improv Guild (PIG for short), a training center and comedy venue that focuses on giving performers an open stage, teaching improv and sketch comedy classes and workshops, and providing work for artists in Rhode Island.
Over the past nine years, I have traveled across the country with my workshop "Connecting Through Comedy”, a tutorial designed to train professionals in teamwork, open communication, and creative problem solving. “Connecting Through Comedy” won the 2014 Pi Sigma Epsilon Best Practices in Teaching Award - it is currently the subject of a research project focusing on empathy and stress management in Rhode Island. By combining my passion for comedy with my professional experience in communication skills training, I have reached over 5,000 learners through various institutions and companies including Bryant University, Tufts University, and AT&T.
In my daily life, I use improv to specialize in role-play simulations with various medical students and professionals. I’ve worked closely with Women & Infants Hospital in Providence teaching empathy, interpersonal skills, and stress management. I perform every weekend at Providence Improv Guild with the Friday night House Team Seagull Related Fish Fight. I’m also a mom to Luc, my incredible little boy.
Here are some of my clients: Bryn Mawr College, Paytronix Systems, Bryant University, Tufts University, AT&T, University of Georgia, Baylor University, CVS, and more.
Want to get in touch? Say hello!