Leadership Presence

True presence is a highly sought after and crucially important skill for the modern executive

True presence is a highly sought after and crucially important skill for the modern executive.  Successful leaders in every discipline have that rare combination of confidence, charisma, self-awareness and inspiration.  Actors also search for a strong “stage presence”.  Easily seen and difficult to describe, stage presence or leadership presence is an attribute that we all feel is something which would make us better leaders.  While some might argue that presence is an innate quality, this workshop proves otherwise as we demystify the building blocks of presence and train ourselves to strengthen our own engagement with audiences.  You learn to be more “present,” will understand how to be more motivational as a leader, more convincing as a negotiator, and more open and honest as a team member.

Designed for business students to examine theatrical creation as a metaphor for team building, innovation, creativity in the workplace, and presence. This workshop allows you (non-actors and actors alike) to build skills that impact your life as a leader in any chosen field. The workshop gives you a window into ensemble playmaking with an eye toward leadership principles in a fun, original, high energy, and accessible manner.

This workshop is free to all Wharton undergraduate students. Applications to attend the Workshop will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please email Amanda Zimmerman.

  • Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Times: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
    (lunch provided before the session at 12:45 pm)
  • Location: JMHH 360
  • Facilitator: Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel, Founder

Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel ’94 is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. Since 1995, Quinn and the company have created 18 original works of theatre, touring them to venues and festivals in Brazil, Germany, Scotland, England, Romania and Poland, among others. Quinn was a Henry Luce Fellow in Bali, Indonesia in 2000-2001 and was a Pew Fellow in Performance Art from 2002-2004. As teachers, Quinn and his team have led workshops at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Brown, University of Virginia, Wesleyan, Drexel, Temple, University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College and Haverford College, among others.