IMPROVISATION EXPERIENCE

After sixteen years of performing and directing improvisation, I am still discovering the challenges and excitement of making things up as we go.  Having studied with Will Luera and Elyse Schuerman at ImprovBoston, Kevin Hines and Gavin Speiller at Upright Citizens Brigade NYC, and host of other fine coaches, I’m in the fortunate position to leverage what I know about making people laugh into helping others solve problems and develop cultures of innovation.  My improv crew, Teachers Lounge Mafia, make it fantastic fun as well.

I’ve distilled that collective knowledge into my accept, communicate, trust (ACT) philosophy, a daily growth mindset for problem solving and innovation that I’ve applied to the following experiences and beyond.

IMPROVISATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Presenter, SXSWEDU 2016, Improv Mindset & Innovation, March 2016

Featured Presenter, MassCUE 15, Improvisation and Innovation, Gillette Stadium, October 2015

Featured Presenter, Maine Teacher Leadership Summit, Colby College, August 2015

Featured Speaker & Coach, Ellis School Active Learning & Design Thinking Summit, The Ellis School, Pittsburgh, July 2015

Featured Maine Educator, ACTEM State Conference, Various Sessions & Closing Keynote, October 2014

Presenter, MooseTech, Moosehead Regional Technology Conference, Improvisation & Technology Integration & Design Thinking and Innovation with Technology, March 2014

Presenter, MAHPERD Maine State Conference, Improvising Success! Using Improv Comedy To Achieve Your Goals, Build Your Community & Strengthen Your Brain, November 2013

Presenter, MEA/SEAM Professional Development Conference, Why Not? Student Initiated Customized Learning & Ridiculous Success: Using Principles of Improv Comedy for Student Achievement, Spring 2013

IMPROVISATION & PERFORMANCE

Teachers Lounge Mafia Improv

Western Maine

Founding Member

(2007 – Present)

Running with Scissors

Portland, Maine

Guest Performer

(2011 – Present)

Western Maine Improv Festival

Co-Founder

(2014)

Portland Improv Festival

Programmer

(2011 – 2012)

Improvisation & Students

Mt. Blue Curtain Raisers Improv Comedy Troupe

Founding Artistic Director

(2000 – Present)

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