21 Oct Combining acting & HR – article from Business & Leadership
Article in business and leadership on Role Players for Training an Irish based corporate role play company: Role Players for Training combines acting and HR skills.
Former HR executive turned actress Rita Smyth is running a business called ‘Role Players for Training’, which already counts major pharma companies and banks among its client base after two years.
Having worked in HR for ten years, Smyth left her job with the Bank of Ireland Group in Dublin’s IFSC to follow her dream of becoming an actress. A chance meeting with a learning and development manager while working in London introduced the Gaiety School of Acting graduate to a new world of using theatre based skills in training and development. In 2011, she set up Role Players for Training, which helps business executives and students develop communications and influencing skills through acting out working scenarios from interviewing job applicants to treating a hospital patient. All of the actors retained by Role Players for Training have actual business experience. They recreate specific work-related scenarios, in either one-to-one or group situations, so that course participants can practice and learn.
“I am combining HR and acting skills in a business proposition for which there is real demand,” said Smyth. “The business is going from strength to strength and demand is growing.”
Clients of Role Players for Training include Deloitte Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland, Newbridge Credit Union, Bank of Ireland (UK), the Royal College of Physicians Ireland and the School of Pharmacy at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Role Players for Training works throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. As well as corporate role play for training purposes, it also provides simulated clients for test situations, actors for training DVDs, voiceover for educational recordings, and specific one-to-one role play of difficult situations, such as communicating bad news, disciplinary interviews with staff, or high-pressure meetings.
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