Improv For Business – Our Facilitators

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Ken Lawson

As the Lead Facilitator for Vancouver TheatreSports’ Improv for Business division, Ken is a passionate believer in the transformational power of Improv. Over the past 20 years he has worked with hundreds of organizations and groups, helping them increase their capacity for collaboration, innovation and authentic communication. Using his energy, skills and experience as an award-winning improviser (Canadian Comedy Award) and actor (Leo Award) he joyfully supports and inspires those he works with to find their authentic voices.

Prior to having his life changed by improv, he facilitated groups in leadership and community development, conflict resolution and life skills and was a counsellor for various non-profits.

Ken graduated with honours from Thompson Rivers University specializing in Social Service Work.

A cast member with Vancouver TheatreSports since 2004, he has performed 1,000’s of shows all over North America, Australia and the Caribbean.

Ken has many film and TV credits including Disney’s Adventures in Babysitting and as a cast member of Neill Blompkamp’s (District 9) new project.

Ken is also the co-founder and Artistic Producer of Some Assembly Theatre, an award winning charity that mentors youth in writing and performing wellness based plays.

 

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Angela Galanopoulos

Angela has a passion for people, growth and laughter.

Bringing over five years of facilitation experience, Angela has an infectious enthusiasm about developing healthy, dynamic and creative teams. Her goal in this work is to harness the true potential of a group through co-creation and joy.

Angela offers her unique energy, knowledge and perspective, drawing on her nearly ten years as a federal public servant. Her experience with the Government of Canada included working with managers and their groups in team building and communication. Angela thrives in the Improv for Business division, where she is able to facilitate team growth using key concepts of improv comedy.

In addition to being a facilitator with Improv for Business, Angela has been a MainStage performer with Vancouver TheatreSports since 2013 and a faculty member at the Improv Comedy Institute since 2015.

She is also a sketch writer and actor based in Vancouver. Angela holds a B.A. (Communications) from Simon Fraser University and an M.A. (International Affairs) from Carleton University.

 

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Bill Pozzobon

As a 20-year veteran of Vancouver TheatreSports, Bill continues to be enthusiastically committed to improv as a collaborative tool of exploration and development.

Combining skills honed on stage as a performer with the assertiveness training he has done with youth through Safeteen International, Bill brings passion, skill and humor to his work with organizations desiring an inspired and transformational experience.

Bill has been an instructor at SFU (Acting, Play Building from Improv) where he also received his degree, as well as teaching at VanArts and The Shadbolt Center For The Arts.

Bill has performed thousands of shows with Vancouver TheatreSports, as well as performing all over North America, Japan and the Caribbean.  He has worked on-stage outside the world of improv in scripted work at the Arts Club and Axis Mime, in film and television, as well as delivering a TED-X talk on masculine socialization (TEDx Bill Pozzobon Breaking the Boys Code of Masculinity).

Bill believes that the skills learned through ensemble based theatrical work can change lives and bring new opportunities for organizations looking to excel.

 

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Dan Dumsha

A certified teacher with over 13 years’ experience, Dan facilitates training and performs around the world.

Dan brings the joy he finds in collaborative performance to every training session he facilitates. Using his background as a high school teacher and corporate trainer, Dan loves to apply the concepts of improv to the way teams work together.

Dan has been training professionals in applied improv for the workplace since 2014. He has led successful and impactful trainings for teams from VanCity, Telus, PCL, ReThink, UBC and many more.

Dan has been performing improv with Vancouver TheatreSports since 2010, producing monthly improv shows in Vancouver and New York City, and also serves as the President of the Vancouver Queer Improv Society. Dan teaches improv as a faculty member of the Improv Comedy Institute.

Dan holds a B.A.H. and B.Ed. from Queen’s University and is a Consultant with The Humphrey Group where he trains executives in Leadership Communication. With the Humphrey Group, Dan is a faculty member of the Sauder Executive Education Department at UBC and develops and leads courses for the Provincial Government of BC.

Denise Jones


Denise Jones

As Vancouver TheatreSports’ Artistic Director, Denise is a recognized leader within BC’s arts community. She’s been an improv performer for 15 years and has seen countless times the transformational power of improv, both onstage and off.

She believes that the tools of improv have led to her success both in her professional and personal life. A Leo Award nominee, Denise’s credits include “The BFG” with Stephen Spielberg and “Imaginary Mary” with Jenna Elfman. She uses her extensive experience performing to invite those she works with to discover their own creativity and spirit of creativity and collaboration.

Denise received her Honours Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in Acting.

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Graeme Duffy

Graeme Duffy is a Vancouver actor with many film, television and commercial credits. As an improv performer, Graeme has traveled the world performing for audiences of all sizes. Graeme has shared the stage with Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles and continues to perform weekly at with Vancouver TheatreSports.

As a corporate trainer, the focus of Graeme’s work is on creativity in the workplace, effective communication, being present and embracing positive change.

Graeme is a faculty member at the Improv Comedy Institute, Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts and Vancouver Acting School, teaching both Acting and Improv. He is also a guest speaker at Vancouver Film School.

Having a background in addictions counselling, he has worked in both abstinence based and harm reduction based environments, helping to facilitate positive change in the lives of his clients.

In 2015, Graeme was voted Vancouver’s Best Improv Comic in a Georgia Straight reader’s poll.

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