The Power of Play:
Using Play to Increase our Creativity and Engage our Learners

APRIL 2 | 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Temple Emanu-El of Dallas | 8500 Hillcrest Ave



“To create the space for imagination, dreaming and insight, it is your solemn duty to master the discipline of playing.”
-Dr. Keith Sawyer


Join us for a fun, engaging, and enlightening day of play, creativity, and learning. Discover how play can make us more creative and innovative, how it positively impacts the learning experience, and how we can effectively use it with our learners.
We will begin the day exploring the power of play on our creative capacity, as practitioners and for our learners. Creativity-building exercises and interactive play will help get us into a playful mindset and flex our creative muscles.
We will continue our day of play immersed in the world of Improv, learning and experiencing how the Improv approach is critical to play, how it can be used to increase our creativity, help us experiment and fail forward, and how to use it effectively with our learners.
We will end the day focusing on the impact of play on the learning experience, and why it is not only helpful but critical to impactful and growth-centered learning.

Schedule Overview:
9:30 – 10:00 Arrival and Breakfast
10:00 – 11:30 Getting Creative with Play and Playful with Creativity
11:30 – 11:40 Break
11:40 – 1:00 Yes, And: The Power of Improv and Play
1:00 – 1:40 Lunch
1:40 – 3:00 The Impact of Play on Learning and Development

Participation Fee: $36 (breakfast and lunch included)
*Discounted price for organizations sending 3 or more team members.
Contact Jody for more information about group discounts, travel subsidies for those traveling to Dallas, and financial assistance.


Alex Horn and Kayce Kuntz met during the hot summer months in Texas as camp counselors. They bonded over s’mores and helping others find their strengths. In 2014, Kayce and Alex moved to Dallas where they continued their friendship. It was over dinner that they turned a summer camp friendship into a business partnership. With Kayce’s training and passion for improv, and Alex’s background in adaptive leadership and drive for positive change, the idea of Improv to Improve began!

Kayce Kuntz holds a degree in Performance and has also received actor training from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She has received extensive improv training and performed professionally in the Austin and Dallas area. She has many years of experience as a program and workshop facilitator. Kayce is a certified Performance Arts teacher, and is our go-to goofball and energy booster!

Alex Horn holds a degree in Applied Behavioral Science with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management and a minor in Leadership Studies. With a professional background in program development, supervision and staff training, she’s our debriefing queen and always makes sure our client’s return to their workplace with tangible skills and steps toward increased productivity at work. Alex works full-time at Temple Emanu-El as the Director of Social Justice and Small Group Engagement.

Micol Zimmerman Burkeman MAJE, is the Director of the Experiential Jewish Education Network where she combines her passions for creating powerful learning experiences and building a supportive network of colleagues that fosters connection and collaboration.

An avid lover of pop culture, Micol uses film, television and other media to bring Jewish text and values to life in a fusion she calls Pop Torah, which she has presented at national and international conferences and for communities around the country.

Micol received her Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and her B.A. in Communication at the University of Southern California. She lives in Natick, MA with her husband, Rabbi Danny Burkeman, and their two children, Gabriella and Benjamin, from whom she learns daily about the importance of play. Micol has been trying to incorporate more play into her life and has recently discovered the ultimate playground for adults in obstacle course races and for which her daughter has kindly offered to train her, mostly in the form of playing on the monkey bars.

Dr. Sarah E. Carlson, LPC-S, RPT, E-RYT 200 is the owner and director of Mighty Oaks Counseling, PLLC. Dr. Carlson has been providing play therapy and early childhood services to children and families in the Dallas Fort Worth area for 12 years. After receiving her PhD at the University of North Texas in 2011, Dr. Carlson worked as the Early Childhood Specialist at Jewish Family Service of Dallas. During this 5 year period, Dr. Carlson expanded the early childhood services, created a developmentally appropriate play therapy room, and created connections between JFS and the surrounding Jewish preschools and day schools. In 2015, Dr. Carlson opened Mighty Oaks Counseling, and in 2016, she transitioned full time into private-practice. Her hope was to build a team of like-minded professionals to provide services to children, adults, and families in the Dallas area. In her current space, Dr. Carlson supervises three LPC-Interns working towards their full licensure. Currently, Dr. Carlson and her team are able to provide play therapy, adolescent counseling, individual counseling, parents and family work, social skills groups, and parenting support groups.

In addition to her work at Mighty Oaks Counseling, Dr. Carlson is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas, contracts with the Anti-Defamation League, and teaches yoga and fitness classes at SunstoneFIT. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Shawn, who is also a yoga and fitness teacher, as well as a rugby referee. They are the parents to two fur babies, Piper the cat, and Eowyn the dog. In her free time, she loves participating in yoga and fitness classes, listening to music, playing board games, and spending time outside. Dr. Carlson understands the importance of play in the therapy room and in her own life and tries to find playful moments each day