Our goals for our clients are to bring a joyful sense of play to the workshop, leading to the creation of a shared safe space in which to examine the topics requested. We seek to reinforce the role of creativity in thinking, speaking, relating and behavior. Embodying creativity through improvisation – using our games, exercises and scenarios - leads to empathy, clear listening and speaking, and self-confidence.

The Team

Benjamin Lloyd, Program Director

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Benjamin Lloyd is the Executive Director of Bright Invention and the Program Director for Creative Corporate Training. He has a BA and an MFA from Yale University, and years of experience leading trainings and workshops for CCT clients. He is the author of several articles on creativity and community, and two books: The Deception of Surfaces, and The Actor’s Way: A Journey of Self-Discovery in Letters, published by Allworth Press in 2006. 

Ben's work in facilitation uses ground-breaking innovations in the field of applied improvisation. Ben is the creator of "scenario-based" training, which implements performed scenarios designed for the client being served; and "structured improvisation", which allows for real-time adjustments by facilitators based on client feedback at the workshop. 

Ben's other work includes directing and performing for Bright Invention, a longform improv ensemble, teaching improv to a variety of ages and abilities, and directing Ability In Action, a suite of programs by Bright Invention working with the disability community and other marginalized populations.

Bob Stineman and Michelle Pauls do a structured improv for the YMCA while Benjamin Lloyd watches.

Bob Stineman and Michelle Pauls do a structured improv for the YMCA while Benjamin Lloyd watches.

 

Performance assistants: 

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Bob Stineman has been an actor/ musician/producer / director/ writer/ performer for the better part of two decades now.  An honors graduate from the University of the Arts with a focus in Acting, he has been seen performing throughout the Tri-State area with groups including Candlelight Dinner Theatre, The Bradywiners, Plays and Players, The Covered Bridge Theatre, Luna Theatre Company, as well as participating in workshops, readings, and full productions of new work through Philadelphia New Play Workshop, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and The Philly Fringe Festival. 

Kiersten M. Adams is a trained musical theater actress from Philadelphia PA. She has participated in a number of singing competitions and has been seen on stages in PA and NC. She has appeared as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, and Stuart Little in Stuart Little. She has worked with people like Troy McLaughin and Heitzman and Reid honing her skills and is constantly exploring new crafts. Some of her passions outside of the theater include yoga, aerial arts, painting, clothing design, and being a mother.

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Aimee Goldstein is a Philadelphia based singer, actor, and a big dreamer. She graduated from Temple University in 2014, where she earned her B.A. in Theatre with a concentration in acting. While at Temple, Aimee became the founder and President of Jewkebox, a Jewish a cappella group on campus. After graduation, she went on to become the founder of a post-collegiate group, The ChaiLights: Jewish A Cappella of Philadelphia.

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Kaitlin Chin is an independent performer as well as the co-owner of the touring aerial show Draiku and the director of the immersive performance company The Night Circus. She may appear as a mermaid at an aquarium near you.


 
“I thought the structured improv was most valuable. The games allowed us to display truths about ourselves, and how they relate to others, in a non-judgmental way.”
— LeBow program participant
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Shea Sonsky is a Philadelphia-based actor/singer/all-around creative-type. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Theater with a concentration in acting and a minor in English Literature from Skidmore College in 2015, where she discovered her love of improv and sketch comedy as a member of the Ad-Liberal Artists. With the Ad-Libs, she participated in the Chicago Improv Festival College Tournament, the Brown University Comedy Conference, and four National College Comedy Festivals. 

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Carlo Campbell is Artistic Director of Theatre in the X. He has worked with theatre companies all throughout the Delaware Valley including Go Kash On Stage, Ego Po, Simpatico, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Delaware Shakespeare and First World. Theatre, Curio Theatre: Death of A Salesman, Piano Lesson, Othello, Richard 2, While the Getting's Good, Topdog Underdog, The Nigga Files, 12 Angry Men, Delaware Young Playwrights, Moon Man Walk, V to X, The Meeting, King John, Richard 2, All My Sons.

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Josh Kirwin moved to Philadelphia from Lancaster to pursue a career on stage improvising and making music. Some highlights in Philly include producing a short run of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui underneath the South Street Head House, a string of bizarre staged episodes of the animation show Bob's Burgers inside Dive bar/graffiti museum Tattooed Mom's. Check out his band Tubey Frank.

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Eric Walker is a performer/writer who spends his time creating spoken-word performance, and improvising with Bright Invention when he isn't working for Verizon as an IT specialist. His own group Wit Jongen Dronken has performed throughout the Philadelphia region.