RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Ridgefield Playhouse offers a new workshop by Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and emcee Ira Joe Fisher, who teaches students that the ability to communicate effectively lies within yourself.
The workshop will be on Tuesdays starting March 24 through May 12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
When you can speak in public with effective rhetoric and technique, you have a competitive edge – no matter whether for business, volunteer work, as a student or philanthropist. Feeling comfortable instead of fearful speaking in public is a valuable life skill that can advance a career and fulfill leadership aspirations. Students will learn career-affirmed strategies for effective speech, presentations and high-stakes conversations.
Fisher’s career includes radio and high-profile TV work including his dual role as weatherman and features reporter for WABC Television in New York City where he divided his day between the Morning Show with Regis Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford and Channel-7 Eyewitness News.
“My approach to communicating is the same for any large – or small – audience. My strategy is to invite each member of the audience to feel ‘singled out’ for what I have to say. That’s the philosophy of history’s great communicators – Lincoln, Roosevelt (Eleanor and Franklin), Martin Luther King, and Biff, the deli manager,” said Fisher.
In addition to his broadcast career, Ira is an accomplished thespian. A member of Actors’ Equity, he regularly performed in the long-running off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks beginning in 1995, where he acted, sang and danced. For the past three years, he has served as co-host (with Morton Dean) of The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society’s “Lost-and-Found, Family and Director’s Cut” series.
The Bruce Becker Scholarship fund has been established to subsidize classes that foster participation in the performing arts. To apply for a scholarship, email firstname.lastname@example.org . To sign up ($360 tuition), call the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse at 203-438-5795.
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