Jim Ansaldo is a Research Scholar at Indiana University Bloomington, a member of Comedysportz Indianapolis and an instructor at Camp Yes And, which teaches improv Teenager on the Autism Spectrum.
“Improv gives us a means for everyone to bring their life experience to the table”
I had the chance to catch up with Jim earlier this year in San Jose, California.… Listen Now
In this episode I recap what I’ve called ‘series 2’. The last eight interviews with some great people who use applied improvisation (improv, impro…that particular way of thinking and responding, and using mental agility). Beginning with Paul Z. Jackson and culminating with Pam Victor.… Listen Now
Cathy Salit is CEO of Performance of a Lifetime. She has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches on how using performance in everyday life helps with growth and productivity.
She’s the author of Performance Breakthrough’ A radical approach to success at work.… Listen Now
Dan Starkey is an actor appearing in television series such as Doctor Who, inside No.9 and Class Dismissed on CBBC. He’s performed with many improv groups and done improv marathons.
I’m a massive Doctor Who fan, and seeing Dan improvise some online shorts for Doctor Who, a big TV production, made want to delve into how that came about and find out more about Dan’s work.… Listen Now
Adam is a customer experience consultant with a background in stand up comedy and psychology.
“We are going to break your ideas”. Adam uses improv theatre techniques to drive design and innovation and is the co-initiator of the world’s largest service innovation event, the 48 hour Global Service Jam.… Listen Now
Neil Mullarkey is one of the founding members of the Comedy Store players and probably one of the most recognisable faces in the world of improv.
He has a string of well known movie and television credits appearing with other improv alumini.… Listen Now
Mary is a learning and development professional. She trained with Second city and combines her skills to deliver dynamic experiential learning programs.
Mary uses applies improvisation techniques in the area of behavioural health. Working with business in professional development courses and families, she helps people manage issues such as stress, anxiety and addiction to fulfil their peak potential.… Listen Now
Paul (@Paulzj) is a trainer of trainers and a founding members of the Applied Improvisation Network. He has authored a handful of books including ‘The Inspirational Trainer’ and ’58 and a Half Ways to Improvise in Training’.
“We teach what we need to learn most.”
He has a background in comedy and journalism and his early biog entries read like a who’s who’s of the British comedy scene.… Listen Now
In Series two of the Bring a Brick Podcast I interview another eight people who use improvisation in their work. Guests include Paul Z Jackson from the AIN, Behavioral health expert Mary T. Curtis, comedy store players founding member Neil Mullarkey and customer experience consultant Adam Lawrence.… Listen Now
A summary of the first eight podcasts.
I’ve interviewed a pretty board range to people so far and the interest and feedback has been great. The tone has shifted from episode to episode, depending on the guest and subject matter, some have been fun, some more serious, and that I think is a good thing.… Listen Now
Richard is the founder of Making Presentations, where he trains and consults on advanced presentation skills.
His work is underpinned by the principles of Improv, in terms of training and how improv principles help us be better presenters.
He worked for Procter & Gamble for 17 years, starting in sales.… Listen Now
The importance of having fun
Marijn began using improvisation during his time as a nurse working with PTSD sufferers. There he learned to use improv techniques to bring much needed fun into the lives of people using the clinic.
He is now part of improbattle.nl working with people from all ages and background and uses improv theatre to bring them together.… Listen Now
Creativity is a state of mind…
Dominic is a London based artist and inventor who create thought provoking works with humour. In his own words he works “between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology to create innovative and thought provoking objects”.… Listen Now
Bringing people together
Sam is a member of the Renegade Saints improv troupe. He’s also part of the Csz Worldwide diversity and inclusion committee and works for the United Nations.
Sam took time out to chat about the current state of improv in Geneva, what it’s like to perform in a multilingual city and how he almost left the world of improv, he wants to make the world a better place, so it’s a good job he didn’t.… Listen Now
Plan as much as you can, then prepare to throw the plan overboard.
Patrick has worked in the improv industry for over thirty years. In this interview we chat about early days of his career, taking improv training into Silicon Valley, the changes he’s observed in the industry and how he prepares for a training event.… Listen Now
Bold ideas, driven by improv.
In this we interview with Jill Hatcher we chat about the similarities between how improvisers and designer think in order to solve problems and building on ideas. We also digress into comic-book jams and the process if making graphic art.… Listen Now
“Story is the way our brain makes meaning of the world.”
In this interview with Kat Koppett we discuss her career origins in theatre and how she went back into the classroom to explore the qualities of improvisation as a tool for training. … Listen Now
Leading on your feet.
In this interview we chat about teaching improv in business, introverts and extroverts and life on the road. I’m really grateful to Andrew for agreeing to be the first interviewee for the Bring a Brick podcast, we cover a broad range of subjects.… Listen Now