Wed August 7, 2019Learning Journey

Learning Journeys on Wed Aug. 7 will take place in New York City

Thurs August 8, 2019Learning Journey

Learning Journeys on Thurs Aug. 8 will take place at Stony Brook University and in New York City (NYC events will end early enough for travel to Stony Brook in time for the conference opening)

Thurs August 8, 2019Conference Day 1

Conference Opening! Welcome dinner starts at 5:30 pm, followed by a ​presentation at The Charles B. Wang Center

Fri August 9, 2019Conference Day 2

Plenary presentations at The Student Activities Center
Breakout sessions at The Charles B. Wang Center
Dinner and evening performance celebrating the Alan Alda Center For Communicating Science's 10 year anniversary at The Student Activities Center

Sat August 10, 2019Conference Day 3

Talks & breakout sessions at The Charles B. Wang Center
Evening performances at The Charles B. Wang Center & Jazz Loft

Sun August 11, 2019Conference Day 4

Talks & breakout sessions (end 3 pm) at The Charles B. Wang Center


The AIN World Conference 2019 will be held at 

The Charles B. Wang Center
Stony Brook University
The State University of New York
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794



NEW! SEE FRIDAY 8/9  3 event only pass  $100.00  via this link

EARLY BIRD: $585.00  (US)    EARLY BIRD DEADLINE IS June 1, 2019


Your Registration Fee includes:

  • All conference sessions
  • Lunch and dinner and coffee breaks
  • All activities during the conference

The cost of accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

You can book your own accommodations for the conference at our recommended locations here:

THIS HOTEL IS SOLD OUT: OPTION 1: The Hilton Garden Inn at Stony Brook is located on the Stony Brook campus a few minutes walk from the conference venues. The conference rate is $189/night/room from Aug. 7-11, 2019. Rooms can accommodate up to 4 people.  Breakfast is included in the room rate. The conference code is: 2019 APPLIED IMPROV.  Click here to go to the AIN reservation page.
Click here to go to the Hilton Garden Inn at Stony Brook website with complete information about its amenities.

OPTION 2: The Holiday Inn Express at Stony Brook. This hotel is 2.6 miles from the Stonybrook campus. It provides door-to-door shuttle service to the conference venues as well as to and from MacArthur airport. The conference rate is $144/night/room from Wed. Aug. 7-11, 2019.  Rooms can accommodate up to 4 people. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
Click here to book this hotel for the conference dates. This is an AIN conference-dedicated page. The rate of $144/night will show up when you enter dates between Aug. 7 -11. 

Click here to read about the hotel amenities

OPTION 3: Campus Housing (dorms): $84/night for a single room with linen (blanket, fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow, towels, and shampoo/conditioner, and soap.  Breakfast will be provided by the conference at the Charles B Wang Center. Click here to book with Stony Brook Campus Housing.  (You will see a log-in box at the top of the page. There no need to create a log in. Simply scroll down to "Select Conference").  Enter your dates of stay at the bottom of the page. Click "search." Click on "Applied Improvisation Network 2019."  Click "Create booking." Enter all registration details. Click "next." You will be directed to a secure PayPal check out to pay and complete registration. If you receive a message that "an entry with these details already exists" put the number 19 after your first name to bypass this (e.g. Emily19). If you have questions or problems booking this accommodation reach out to Stony Brook Campus Housing at [email protected]. 

For the Pre-Conference Learning Journeys in New York City, we recommend booking accommodations in New York City.  We do not have designated or recommended New York City accommodations and New York City is approximately 2 hours from Stony Brook.


We have reached our conference capacity.  Registrations will be added the wait list.  

Note: Guest Registration (for spouses or partners) is only available paired with a full conference registration.

  • You will not be charged until a space is confirmed for you.
    If you have a coupon code, it will be entered and applied at the end,
    just before the payment section.

  • This entitles the guest of a conference participant to:
    Conference opening reception and presentation
    Friday morning keynote
    Friday afternoon keynote
    Friday evening presentation
    Saturday evening entertainment choice (improv show at The Wang Center or show and dance at The Jazz Loft)
    (Note: Guest registrations are limited and not guaranteed.)


United States

United States


  • - objective: to communicate complex science and healthcare topics in clear and engaging ways

  • - objective: community building, social change, and to strengthen dialogue and democracy

  • - objective: healing people/planet, spiritual exploration, and/or personal growth

  • - objective: greater knowledge or the implementation of AI in academia

  • - objective: giving groups/organizations skills/tools to perform better

  • - objective: developing within unique applications or populations served

  • Please detail below.

  • - objective: to communicate complex science and healthcare topics in clear and engaging ways

  • - objective: community building, social change, and to strengthen dialogue and democracy

  • - objective: healing people/planet, spiritual exploration, and/or personal growth

  • - objective: greater knowledge or the implementation of AI in academia

  • - objective: giving groups/organizations skills/tools to perform better

  • - objective: developing within unique applications or populations served

  • Please detail below.

  • Support a specific meal, responding to any issues participants have and communicating to the​ conference team or catering staff.

  • Serve at the registration desk for a specific period of time, check in participants, give out swag bags and assist participants with registration-related issues.

  • Manage the sale of books for a specific period of time.

  • We so appreciate your help with the many things we cannot anticipate. Thank you!



The AIN Learning Journey is a deeper exploration into a specific topic, offered in the two-days prior to the conference. The fees are additional to the conference registration.   This years Learning Journeys are an incredible opportunity to explore and experience New York City and Stony Brook, including different neighborhoods, food, and cultures. In working with our conference theme, we’ve put together an unusual array of experiences that explore this vital theme in many different ways. 

Wed August 7, 2019: Full day sessions in New York City. 

Thurs August 8, 2019: Full day sessions at Stony Brook University;  half or ¾ day Learning Journeys in NYC. Those will be timed so that you can make it to the conference before it begins.

The Learning Journeys that are half or 3/4 days are the same price as the full days.

TO REGISTER FOR LEARNING JOURNEYS: You can register for one day or two days on this form. After your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to a form with the complete information about each Learning Journey where you can register your first, second and third choices.  You will receive email confirmation about that Learning Journeys for which you are registered. 

Space is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Click here to read complete descriptions and details about each Learning Journey on the AIN website.  Here is an overview of these fantastic opportunities:  

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - New York City 

WAIT LISTED - Big Apple Writers Workshop: Capturing the Power of Applied Improv in Words: With the women who have been leading the way in capturing our power - Caitlin McClure and Theresa Dudeck, editors of Applied Improvisation: Leading, Collaborating and Creating Beyond the Theatre. And, special hot-off-the-press addition to this Learning Journey: One of the biggest literary agents in the U.S.  will lead an improvisational workshop on pitching your applied improv book ideas in creative and practical ways. 

WAIT LISTED - Foundations of Freestyle (Improv Rapping) and other Cultural Experience-Benders: Led by Anthony Veneziale, of Freestyle Love Supreme (and AIN) this full day experience will be an immersion in New York culture that takes you on a poetic and musical improvised journey!

Community Building, Playing Across Boundaries, and Improvising on Stage and Off: Spend the afternoon improvising, performing and growing at the National Headquarters of the All Stars Project on 42nd Street a center for performance, youth development, and activism.

Seven Senses Stroll, and Following the Follower with Tango and Improvisation:  New York is a city in constant creativity. Discover New York like artists. Experience your peak senses piqued! Then segue into a different kind of “senses-making" with a world-class tango instructor who will teach two simple tango walks.  The focus of the workshop is not to learn dance steps, but to try to understand our experience of leading, following, and partnering, when we look through a different lens than usual. 

WAIT LISTED - The Quest NYC: The Quest is a one-of-a kind experience where improvisation, storytelling, urban exploration, and magic meet. An improvisational structure developed by the legendary improv guru Del Close, The Quest will help you become a more engaged listener, be more present, curious, and attentive, increase your self-awareness and be more open to new experiences.

Learning Journeys on Thursday, August 8 NYC and Stony Brook

WAIT LISTED - Introduction to Applied Improvisation: This full-day session is a delightful blend of immersion, information, and play experience. Facilitator Patrick Short will cover getting started, core concepts, client needs, and content customization.

Explore the Emerging Field of Medical  Improv: Medical Improv is an exciting field that that calls upon the expertise of applied improvisors to help with unique challenges in overcoming barriers to communication in healthcare.  This Learning Journey will be a combination of improv activities, discussion, a little bit of lecture, and an organic inclusion of local healthcare professionals who will be invited to join us and get a taste of Medical Improv. (Continuing Education hours available for social workers in NYS)

Jazz Improvisation, the Art of Risk: Taught by Stony Brook University Artist in Residence, Dr. Tom Manuel, we’ll explore sources and techniques of musical improvisation: practice and skills, playfulness, emotion, courage, will, concentration, risk, the power of limits, patience, trust and dedication. This interactive session will be hands, feet, voice and body on -- participants with no or lots of experience will improvise from moment one, learning the importance of improvisation in Jazz as well as in life. 

Changing How We Perform Healthcare: The Joy Of Dementia And Improvising With Autism:  Designed for people in the health care field who want to humanize health care, this will be an exploration of  the a growing movement of practitioners who are finding creative and joyful ways to create inclusive and developmental environments and activities for two growing populations - people living with dementia and individuals on the autism spectrum, and the people in their lives. 

Improvising with Anthropology with Margaret Mead as Our Muse: This unusual Learning Journey is a personalized, intimate, visual and conversational exploration of improvisation and anthropology through the work of the most famous anthropologist in history, Margaret Mead. Beginning at the home of Mead’s grand daughter (AIN’s very own Sevanne Kassarjian), and then moving on to the magnificent American Museum of Natural History

AIN Facilitator Excellence Bootcamp: In the interest of supporting and growing the field in alignment with our values and professional standards, AIN is developing a professional facilitator credentialing program. Join Kat Koppett and Paul Jackson in the launch a key component of that service; an AIN Facilitator Excellence Bootcamp in which we will identify and exercise the muscles and mindsets at the core of great quality applied improvisation initiatives.


Fees are: 

$120 for one Learning Journey day/session

$180 for two Learning Journey days/sessions




    Spaces in the specific Learning Journeys will be first come first served, based on date of Learning Journey fee payment here.

    $120.00 ea.




    Spaces in the specific Learning Journeys will be first come first served based on date of the Learning Journey fee paid here.

    $180.00 ea.


The AIN is committed to increasing accessibility of this conference to people from underserved and under-represented communities. You can help by donating to the AIN scholarship fund and help increase the number of participants who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you are able, we hope you will consider making a donation towards a conference scholarship fund to encourage and support this effort. These funds will only be used towards the registration costs for any scholarship recipients. If there are any extra donated funds, they will be used towards inclusion and diversity at our conference.




If you cancel your registration prior to June 7, 2019, you will receive a full refund, minus administration costs ($50).

On and after June 7, 2019, registration will be refunded 50%.

On or after July 7, 2019, registrations will be non-refundable.

Refunds will be processed within 30 days after we have confirmed the cancellation.

If for some reason you are unable to attend, you are able to transfer your registration to someone else. This substitution requires written notice.  Email substitutions to [email protected].

The organizing team reserves the right to cancel the conference and allocate the accumulated costs due to natural disasters, strikes, civil disorder, war, government regulations, curtailment of transport facilities, supernatural interventions or other emergencies that make holding the event inadvisable, illegal, or unfeasible.

The conference schedule is subject to change without notice and we will attempt to keep you updated as much as possible.

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