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 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. 

“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.

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Leah Holleran, Lead Facilitator

Leah Holleran is a writer, actor, and teacher living in South Philadelphia with her wonderful husband Aaron Roberge. In addition to performing, choreographing, and helping devise new works of theatre, Leah teaches dance to students ranging from elementary school through adulthood. For over ten years Leah has been a counselor at theatre summer camps in Pennsylvania and Connecticut. She spent three years touring the country with Enchantment Theatre, and served as the Company Manager of her final national tour before she settled in Philly full time.

She has acted Off-Broadway, on film, and with many Philadelphia theatre companies, including the Walnut Street Theatre, Enchantment Theatre Company, and Tribe of Fools. Her years spent performing on national tour have brought her to 49 of 50 states.

 
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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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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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.