Artistic Director Burns to Deliver Hartwick’s O’Connor Chair Lecture

The Hartwick College Department of Nursing will present the Fall 2017 O’Connor Chair Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18 in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre, on the College campus. Michael Burns, artistic director for the Mopco Improv Theatre, will be the guest speaker. His presentation, which will also feature several of his colleagues, is free and open to the public.

Burns and the Mop & Bucket Company, are part of a consulting, coaching and training company, Koppett, that uses improvisation and storytelling techniques to enhance individual and group performance. Koppett clients include Apple, Facebook, Havas, the SUNY Research Foundation, and more. The presentation will focus on how communication skills can be developed and improved.

Founded in 1996, the company was initially run out of Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY, and now has its own dedicated theatre. Mopco also provides corporate entertainment, shows for private parties, school shows and in-services, and special event talent. The company has been voted “Best of the Capital Region” three years in a row.

Burns brings a unique professional background to his work. In addition to professional theater experience, he has worked extensively in human services for a number of agencies and schools. He has specialized in using improvisational theater techniques in work with both young and old individuals, patients, students, and other special populations. He received his early theater training at the State University of New York at Purchase.

The O’Connor Chair Lecture series, endowed by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, brings notable speakers on health and nursing-related themes to the campus each spring and fall for the benefit of nursing students and faculty, and the Hartwick and greater Oneonta communities.

For more information on the O’Connor Chair Lecture, contact Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities Jane Bachman at or (607) 431-4790.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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