The Team

Dani Bryant, Lead Facilitator

Dani Bryant is an experienced process facilitator and community arts educator. In addition to creating theater, she is passionate about facilitating social practice events and discussions on the topics of gender parity, mental health, arts education and food & body politics. 

As a facilitator & community arts educator, she specializes in leading community conversations through adaptive listening, dialogic practice, devised theater techniques, and radical engagement strategies.

Dani's artist work is often site-specific, always devised and begins by using social practice as an entry point-- letting collaborative discussion shape each project. She is the proud founder of Knife & Fork, co-creator of For Fork's Sake Live and Cabaret Vagabond and is an Artistic Ensemble Member at Adventure Stage Chicago. Dani was honored to be a Visiting Artist at Victory Gardens Theater in the Spring of 2013. 

Originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, she attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and received her BFA from the Hartt School of Theater. 

Dani is currently the Director of Education at White Pines Productions and is pursuing her Masters Degree and certification in Clinical Mental Heath Counseling & Drama Therapy. 

“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
 

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.

Benjamin Lloyd, Program Director

Benjamin Lloyd is the Executive Director of White Pines Productions Inc., and the Artistic Director of Bright Invention: the White Pines Ensemble. 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; directing White Pines Access, a suite of programs by White Pines Productions including work with senior citizens, school residencies and the disability community; and managing the White Pines Place, a multi-purpose education and performance venue in Elkins Park, PA. 

 
 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.

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Leah Holleran (lead facilitator) has felt so lucky these past two years to find an artistic home in the performance community of Philly! She graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2012 with a major in Theatre and minors in Music and Creative Writing. Since then, she spent the past 3 years performing in national tours with Enchantment Theatre Company (and last year, Company Managing the tour of Harold and the Purple Crayon in addition to playing Harold!).

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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. 

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Aaron Roberge is an actor living in Philadelphia. He has most recently been seen as Mac Sam in The Miss Firecracker Contest, and Fountainhead in Water by the Spoonful at The South Camden Theatre Company; he is also a member of the Enchantment Theatre company and has just finished up a production of The Bremen Town Musicians. Aaron is thrilled to be working again in improv with Bright Invention and cannot wait to see what this next year holds in store.