Burgert Kirsten

David Bohm said “The most important thing going forward is to break the boundaries between people, so we can operate as a single intelligence.” That’s what Burgert does. He has extensive experience in designing and delivering creative and participative processes that shift human behaviour from being rigid, disconnected and unproductive to being adaptive, innovative and integrated.


Burgert is a registered Organisational Psychologist with the South African Health Professions Counsel of South Africa. The topic for his Masters’ research was the use of Improvisational Theatre practices for creating a climate for team innovation.  In 2010 his research article, entitled “Improvisational theatre as team development intervention for climate for work group innovation” was published in the SA Journal for Industrial Psychology.  He has also presented workshops at national and international conferences on innovation, collaboration, coaching and learning design.


Burgert has facilitated workshops on topics such as adaptive leadership, team innovation, collaborative creativity, vision and values alignment, facilitation and coaching skills and customer service at business schools such as the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS), Wits Business School and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), as well as companies such as SAB Miller, Siemens Health Care Diagnostic, Discovery, Deloitte, The Spar Group and Mediclinic.


Burgert is one of 28 certified Applied Improvisation practitioners in the world.  Applied Improvisation is the practise of applying improvisation skills to situations in business and organisational life. It loses its connection to theatre performance and forges a new relationship with work performance. To provide an even more solid foundation for this practise Burgert grounds the methodology in the latest research in Neuroscience.   He is an improvisational theatre actor and teacher.

He studied improvisational theatre at the IO theatre in Chicago USA and is part of the longest running Afrikaans improv comedy group Lagnes.  Burgert is a family man.  He is married to the beautiful, courageous and creative Lucille, mother of their twin daughters and son.