About PILL

Hi, I’m Beth Boynton and I am the proud founder of PILL-Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab!  We provide experiential learning programs that teach essential personal and interpersonal skills.  Classes are fun and there are many benefits for individuals, groups, and organizations.

Why is Dignity is our Destiny the PILL tagline?  

The phrase is graciously shared by Robert Fuller in his work against rankism and for dignity!  When the environment is safe and group process is nurtured via facilitation, improv activities become a fun way for people to share power.  In speaking up, listening, and working/playing together, everyone is valued.   Everyone contributes.  Positive relationships are formed.  This is an ideal for us humans and includes a lofty vision of a healthier social fabric and world!

How did you come to develop PILL?

I’ve learned a lot about and improved my own communication through improv classes over the years. I’m still learning!

Also, I’ve been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and have a Masters in Organization & Management! Over the last decade, I’ve been teaching healthcare professionals “soft” skills involved in effective communication, collaboration, teamwork, and leadership. Skills that are often rooted in emotional intelligence and essential for providing safe care and optimal patient satisfaction while coping with stress and sustaining rewarding careers.  If you are interested to know more about my work in healthcare, check out my blog, “Confident Voices in Healthcare“.

I’ve also been taking improv classes for many years and gradually adapting activities for my students.  I found that many activities could be used to teach emotional intelligence and communication skills while having a lot of fun.  I soon discovered and joined worldwide efforts to apply improv in this way including a subspecialty called “Medical Improv”.  I soon discovered and have joined worldwide efforts to apply improv in healthcare and published a train-the-trainer resource so that other leaders can bring these fun activities to their staff!  Now I want to teach these activities to a broader audience in my hometown!

Is PILL Improv Comedy?

Many people associate improv with improv comedy, but PILL is different.  In PILL classes, facilitators take the focus off of performing.  Instead we focus on creating a safe environment, having fun, meeting others, and personal growth.  It can still be and often is quite funny, but there is no audience except your fellow participants who are very supportive!

How can I learn more?

Give me a call or email.  I’m happy to talk and even meet for coffee in one of the great spots on our beautiful seacoast!  603-205-3509 or bbbboynton@gmail.com.