By making believe, we can empathize with others unlike us. So, Greg Tavares does not shy away from playing pretend in order to be a more empathetic human.

Greg Tavares wants you to play more silly games. In the most fun CreativeMornings to date, this master improv artist teaches us lessons in empathy all the while taking us through a magical game of make-believe. In fact we invent a new game on the spot and amazing fun ensues. Video by Jay Wayne Productions

About the speaker

Greg Tavares is the co-founder of Theatre 99, the Charleston Comedy Festival, The Have Nots comedy improv company and the Piccolo Fringe Festival. He put out the book Improv for Everyone in 2012 and has taught at improv theaters and festivals all over the country. He did his first improv show in 1985 and has never stopped. He has a BFA in acting and an MFA in Directing, but still has nightmares that he never finished high school.

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Maintain your collaborative skills—which you’ve been socialized to have, and develop your make-believe skills—which you’ve been socialized to give up, and then you can have the best of both worlds. — Greg Tavares

Whenever I want to solve a problem, the first thing I do is, I go: ‘Imagination on.’ Like a superpower. I just visualize and try to put myself in the moment, and then solutions come to me. — Greg Tavares

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