Don’t let your next staff training be just another staff training.  Bring The  for an experience that will resonate with your team long after the training itself.  Behaviors only change with practice. The ’s Professional Development Programs engage staff in immersive experiences with guided practice that will transform your workplace.

Supercharge your team for success with our professional development programs. We offer a variety of interactive programs, tailored for specific organizations and work environments, that strengthen teams and explore difficult work and related life challenges. The SAPPHIRE’s training goes deeper than PowerPoint presentations or discussions of topical material.  We use experientials to teach established learning points, explore nuances of discussion topics, and develop the strategic thinking skills that lead to best outcomes.

We know that adults learn best by doing. The SAPPHIRE’s training achieves lasting change for your team through immersive, experiential learning that appeals to diverse styles.  We create a low-risk environment for attendees to experience challenging, real-life situations, working together towards positive resolutions.  Your team will thank you for providing creative, unique training unlike anything else they’ve experienced!

The SAPPHIRE offers interactive WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS led by facilitators who provide fun, meaningful experiences that can be directly applied in the workplace.  Individual creativity and group problem-solving are both engaged, with a strong emphasis on effective means of interpersonal communication.

When the time comes to inject some fun and interactivity into your typical professional development days, call us for workshops that: 

  • Give practical suggestions and takeaways for all participants
  • Invigorate energy to take back to work or classrooms
  • Build effective teams and relationships
  • Encourage creative interactivity in every lesson plan

Our PROFESsional development training programs feature PICTURE THIS® – our Emmy-award winning process that takes a variety of learning topics and presents them using interactive theatre. Professional improvisation actors portray real-life scenes customized for an audience. The PICTURE THIS process allows audiences to directly engage with challenging subjects in a safe, low-risk environment, where new approaches to problems are encouraged and rehearsed, without consequence for failures.


The SAPPHIRE’s Emmy-award winning PICTURE THIS® has placed the most difficult topics center-stage for over 35 years. Professional improvisation actors portray realistic scenes customized for an audience. At the crisis point, facilitators and topical experts guide a dialogue between the audience and characters. Together, everyone identifies problems and practices new conflict resolution skills, incorporating the key learning goals.


  • Building Relationships:  Success with external customers and employee retention depend upon the skills of forming meaningful connections to others.
  • Business Development:  All employees, not just sales-people, can develop skills around identifying business opportunities and engaging potential clients.
  • Communication & Conflict Management/Resolution:  Empathetic listening, understanding voice and body language, and de-escalation techniques are stressed for better working relationships.
  • Customer Service Skills:  Empathetic listening, creative problem-solving, and stress management are explored for outstanding customer experiences.
  • Diversity & Inclusion:  By fostering healthy dialogue about differences in race, ethnicity, gender, ages, religions, sexual orientation, political views, backgrounds, personalities and more, we help move audiences along from tolerance to acceptance and towards truly valuing diversity in the workplace.
  • Harassment & Hostile Environments:  Respect for others is reinforced around situations of inappropriate humor, sexual harassment, and bullying.
  • Managing Change:  It’s been said that the only thing constant is change. Attitude and communication skills are vital in navigating both big and little changes in life and work.
  • Workplace Violence:  Raising awareness, identifying early warning signs, and knowing how/where to report are all critical to prevent situations from escalating.  We partner with topical and tactical experts to offer further training in handling critical events.


The SAPPHIRE offers interactive WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS led by facilitators who use theatre-based games and exercises to teach the established learning points. The workshops provide fun, meaningful experientials that can be directly applied in the workplace.  Individual creativity and group problem-solving are both engaged, with a strong emphasis on effective means of interpersonal communication and experiential learning.  Short introductions to concepts are followed by multiple participant experiences, then wrapped up with reflection and rehearsal on applying the learning in work and life.


Collaboration, consensus-building, listening and strong communication skills are strengthened in this arts integration workshop where your entire team takes center stage in rehearsal and performance of a work-related short play.  LOOK for more info about READERS THEATRE on!


Effective leadership requires a wide array of interpersonal skills that must be adaptable for each moment and opportunity.  Learn or strengthen the skills of effective leadership communication.  Creating a safe environment through our process allows attendees freedom to stretch from their normal habits to try novel approaches.


Current neuroscience shows that just 90 seconds of activity shift periodically throughout the day can mitigate the physiological effects of stress in learning and in the workplace. Breathing techniques, physical stances and theatrical rejuvenation exercises help the body recover from daily stresses even when available in only small bursts. This workshop teaches the fundamentals of separating the mind from the body through breath, balance and brain breaks, while learning how to reintegrate them with active but contained exercise techniques applicable to all ages. Leave the workshop with takeaway exercises and printed materials with tips and techniques for creating brain breaks.


This workshop highlights diversity and inclusion in a new way: by focusing on listening to the diverse voices around us. This interactive workshop provides not only the latest evidence and information about the benefits of diverse learning environments and workplaces, but also clear and executable exercises for improving various types of inclusion. By starting with the skill of listening to accept rather than to respond, participants find ways to set aside personal and unconscious biases and improve communication and instruction techniques.


Youth workers and educators are pulled in a million different directions while trying to focus simultaneously on students, parents, community members, staff, administration, standards, and more. High turnover and stale attitudes inevitably result. The SAPPHIRE Theatre Company’s teaching artists work daily in classrooms and after school sites too. We created this workshop to help bring back the first-day passion and balance necessary for success, without sugarcoating the challenges. Put your own oxygen mask first by experiencing some interactive fun, then take some of the techniques back to teach to your staff.


This interactive, high-energy workshop utilizes the techniques of theatrical comedy improvisation to teach communication and relationship skills. Learn why Fortune 500 companies send their employees and executives to improv class while your group experiences this fun and team-building time. Listening for perception instead of reply, thinking quickly, applying mindfulness to stressful situations, and building relationships comprise the focus of this professional development workshop. Takeaway games for all ages included.

Custom Program Development: Don’t see your particular topic…? We can work with you to create customized training to fit your specific needs. 

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