Beth Boynton – Medical Improv Pioneer

Beth Boynton is an organizational development consultant and Medical Improv Practitioner specializing in communication, collaboration, and culture. She’s written three books on communication in healthcare including the industry-first; Medical Improv: A New Way to Improve Communication. (CreateSpace 2017). She is currently working on a Teach Medical Improv ebook series designed to help healthcare professionals faciiltate fundamental activities in their facilities in an affordable, effective, and time-efficient way. beth@bethboynton.com.

Blogpost w/ Same Time Story video: http://www.confidentvoices.com/2017/11/11/this-simple-activity-from-medical-improv-can-be-used-to-develop-empathy/

Article about difference between improv comedy and med improv
http://www.confidentvoices.com/2016/10/23/the-bridge-between-improv-comedy-and-medical-improv/

Medline Blogpost Series (links to a variety of articles about med improv by me)
http://mkt.medline.com/advancing-blog/author/bethboynton/

Websites
www.Bethboynton.com
www.portsmouthimprovlearninglab.org
Beth Boynton, RN, MS, author of Medical Improv: A New Way to Improve Communication! Learn more at www.confidentvoices.com.

Nick Johne – Improv for Autism at Second City

Join me and learn more about the funny and wonderful Nick Johne who is using his vast knowledge of improv to enhance the lives of people on the autism spectrum. I met Nick last summer at the Yes, and Mental Health Conference https://yes-and-mental-health.site123.me in Chicago last fall. An alumnus of Toronto’s award-winning Second City Main Stage cast, Nick Johne has been teaching improvisation in various capacities since 1983. He is currently teaching at The Second City Chicago and in the Theater Department of DePaul University where he is adjunct faculty. He has performed all over the world and was an original member of the workshop production of the Tony award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. Nick Johne currently lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

Nick shares his personal story about his musically talented daughter, Emma.

David Razowsky – Improv is Acting Coach

There is so much we can learn from the great Improv Coach David Razowsky who draws improv wisdom from his extensive experience with Chicago’s Second City, performing with the likes of Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Rachel Dratch. David developed a simple approach to improvising: Your present awareness is the only thing you need to create compelling, smart, truthful, and surprising scenes. Period. No games, no preconceived premises, no ideas, no ego. All that matters is now.

More about David Razowsky: From his 10 revues at Chicago’s Second City performing with the likes of Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Rachel Dratch, to the 10 years he spent as Artistic Director of The Second City Hollywood, to the countless worldwide workshops and performances he’s engaged in, to his TEDx Talk, David has developed a simple approach to improvising: Your present awareness is the only thing you need to create compelling, smart, truthful, and surprising scenes. Period. No games, no preconceived premises, no ideas, no ego. All that matters is now. The actor’s level of improvisation experience doesn’t matter, for all you’ll need to bring to his workshop is your present presence. All you’ll leave with is your joy and excitement and confidence. And after all, what more do you need?

Click here to check out David’s TEDx Talk

To learn more about David you can visit his website at davidrazowsky.com

Kelly Leonard Author and Creative Executive at The Second City in Chicago

What a pleasure to catch up with Kelly Leonard, longtime Creative Executive at The Second City in Chicago who speaks with us about the power of improvisation to transform people’s lives. His book, “Yes, And: Lessons from The Second City” was released to critical acclaim in 2015 by HarperCollins and was praised by Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair who called it “…an excellent guide to the lessons that have bubbled up in Second City’s improv workshops.”

Kelly Leonard – Author and Creative Executive at The Second City in Chicago

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What a pleasure to catch up with Kelly Leonard, longtime Creative Executive at The Second City in Chicago who speaks with us about the power of improvisation to transform people’s lives . His book, “Yes, And: Lessons from The Second City” was released to critical acclaim in 2015 by HarperCollins and was praised by Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair who called it “…an excellent guide to the lessons that have bubbled up in Second City’s improv workshops.”

Sandra Bruce – Autism Improvised Pioneer

Sandra Bruce is the Founder and Executive Director of Autism Improvised, Inc., a nonprofit serving the autism community through the principles of improvisational theater. She was inspired by her grandson, who was diagnosed ASD at age 2, to find a creative, fun way to address the social challenges of autism. Because her grandson had a love for film and theatre, she suspected this area would benefit her grandson. Not coming from a theater background, she did her research, discovered improvisational acting, and was excited to discover how improv seemed to be a perfect modality to address the social challenges and rigid thought patterns of autism.

Wendy Rush & Tom McCourt- Improv in Juvenile Justice

Meet the fabulous Wendy Rush, improviser, popular radio DJ and mom along with the delightful Tom McCourt. Together they have developed a program for the Las Vegas Juvenile Offender Court to use improvisational theatre skills to help these teens and their families.

Stephanie Anderson – Improvisor

Meet the delightful Stephanie Anderson, a muli-talented and beloved improv teacher in Chicago who brings joy and laughter wherever she goes! Stephanie teaches at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, designing interactive enrichment curriculum and facilitates storytelling and improv workshops for MBA students at the University of Chicago.

Lenny Ravich – Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Meet the hilarious Lenny Ravich and learn about his incredible journey over the past 8 decades where he proves laughter is the best medicine. Lenny is an expert on the subject of humor and laughter through improv. Lenny facilitates workshops and presentations on the subjects of “Upgrading Your Humor Quotient as a Work Ethic,” and “Optimism For Self Esteem and Peak Performance,” throughout the world. He is the author of the best selling book, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Enlightenment.”