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Business Training Solutions

Training for Advancement

Barter Theatre offers specific workshops geared to enhance the interpersonal skills and problem solving skills needed to survive in the increasingly demanding workplace. Your business can choose an existing workshop, or the Barter Training Development Team can customize a program that fits the specific needs of your company.

Business Centered Philosophy

We all want to be effective in our profession, and in order to do that we need to work efficiently with others. However, challenges arise preventing us from focusing on solutions to problems in the workplace: poor communication, shifting deadlines, red tape, and stresses outside of work, just to name a few.

It’s easy to let these challenges distract us from reaching our maximum career potential. But what if we work within our given parameters to see these challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles? The foundation and tools of theatre can help us reframe problems, cultivate empathy, actively listen, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and think outside the box. All of these tools allow us to find freedom in the workplace to learn, grow and be successful in our work.


The Art of the Possible

Theatre creates a world that requires the use of imagination—for the audience as well as for the actors. However, using one’s imagination isn’t just about having creating and storytelling, it’s also a way to explore and solve problems.

This workshop encourages participants to commit to the idea of “Yes and...”—saying yes to an idea, and building on that idea. We will use theatre exercises and activities to spark employees’ imaginations. Learning The Art of the Possible will help you to recognize your full potential and reach it.


  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Team Collaboration
  • Adapting to the Moment
  • Decision Making

The Science of Communication

To prepare for a role, an actor must identify a character’s goals, obstacles to these goals, and the tactics to overcome these obstacles. To do this, actors need to communicate truthfully with their voice and body. These specific acting tools lend themselves well to the workplace.

This workshop will investigate the building blocks of communication: active listening, reacting in the moment, and body language. What are your words and body language communicating to your co-workers? How can you use your words and body language to accomplish your workplace goals? Learn The Science of Communication to enhance your workplace interactions.


  • Effective Communication
  • Active Listening
  • Goal Setting
  • Identifying Obstacles
  • Team Building

The Tools of Conflict Resolution

Conflict is inherent to any good piece of theatre as it pushes the story forward toward its resolution. Without this conflict, a story falls flat and goes nowhere. In the workplace though, the drama of tense deadlines, conflicting personalities and pressures to perform at a high level, makes for a less productive atmosphere.

This workshop will address many of the conflicts often encountered in the workplace, as well as effective tools to seek resolution. Participants will handle conflict and resolution appropriately through role playing, and rehearsing specific moments one might see in the workplace. Hone The Tools of Conflict Resolution to solve problems in the workplace.


  • Conflict and Resolution
  • Communication
  • Rephrasing
  • Team Building
  • Empathy
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism

The Fundamentals of Improvisation

One of the most popular forms of theatre is comedy improvisation—otherwise known as improv. When an audience witnesses improv, they witness actors truly living in and for the moment. There are no scrips, no lines to memorize, or staging to remember, actors must rely solely on their listening and problem solving skills in order to react instantly to their fellow actors.

This workshop sharpens the skills necessary when working with other people; whether, it is customers or fellow employees. The Fundamentals of Improvisation will encourage participants to be better listeners, cogent responders, and creative problem solvers, all in a safe environment that is sure to include plenty of comedy and laughter.


  • Listening Skills
  • Risk Taking
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Flexibility in Stressful Situations
  • Confident Decision Making

Customized Training

The cultures within every business vary by location, industry, and environment. Understanding that, the Barter Training Development Team will design a training program specific to the needs of your organization. This gets the most out of our collaboration together. We will sit down with your team to thoroughly assess any vulnerable spots you think should be addressed.


Megan Atkinson Hamilton
Director of Education
Call: 276.698.4765