Michael Colgrass is a composer, writer, lecturer and NLP trainer. He gives personal development workshops around the world for performers, students and others. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, a Tanglewood scholar, twice Guggenheim Fellow, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He won an Emmy for the PBS documentary "Soundings: The Music of Michael Colgrass," which features his unique teaching methods.
The Rockefeller Foundation created a special program for Colgrass called "Artist in the Theater at Large," which led to studies in mime, acting, dance and directing in New York, commedia dell' arte in Milan and avant garde theater with Jerzy Grotowski's Polish Theater Laboratory in Wroclaw, Poland.
In l985 Colgrass became a certified trainer of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). He has been a trainer in John Grinder's hypnosis workshops and is currently guest trainer for the Dynamic Learning Center at NLPU in Santa Cruz, California. He combines his NLP and theater training techniques with 45 years of professional performing experience in his "Excellence In Performance" workshops. He has trained more than 25,000 people in Europe, Britain, South America, South Africa, Indonesia and throughout the United States and Canada.
NLP co-founder John Grinder modeled Colgrass' strategies for creativity, described in NLP developer Robert Dilts' book Tools For Dreamers (Meta Publications, l991). Colgrass originated Deep Listening, a technique for hypnotizing audiences to heighten concentration, which is featured in the book Leaves Before The Wind (Grinder DeLozier & Associates, l991). His articles on creativity and life skills have appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and Music Magazine. His first book, My Lessons With Kumi - How I Learned To Perform With Confidence In Life And Work, is the summation of his methods and philosphy.
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