Theresa Robbins Dudeck
THERESA ROBBINS DUDECK, PhD, is an international theatre scholar-practitioner with expertise in improvisation and applied improvisation. She is a Fulbright Scholar and considered one of the foremost teachers of Keith Johnstone's Impro System. Theresa wrotethe critically acclaimed Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography (Bloomsbury 2013), serves asJohnstone’s Literary Executor, and is co-editor of two books on applied improvisation published by Methuen Drama: Applied Improvisation: Leading, Collaborating, and Creating Beyond the Theatre (2018) and The Applied Improvisation Mindset: Tools for Transforming Organizations and Communities (2021). In both corporate and academic settings, Theresa facilitates applied improvisation trainings for changing the way people lead, innovate, and collaborate, and for creating more equitable cultures. She is the co-founder of one of the only international symposiums focused on theatrical improvisation, the Global Improvisation
Initiative (GII). In addition to ON KEITH, Theresa has directed dozens of theatre productions, including several new plays in development.
ALICIA ROBBINS is an award winning Director of Photography. She graduated with a MFA in Cinematography from AFI in 2003. She is currently the DP for Bridgerton (Season 3) in London where she will shoot four of the eight episodes. She was the full time alternating DP for the ABC show, Grey's Anatomy (Season 16 & 17) and recently completed a Netflix mini-series titled Keep Breathing which is set to release in 2022. She also served as the Additional DP for another Shonda Rhimes show For the People (Season 2) for ABC working under Christian Sebaldt, ASC. She is one of the award recipients of the prestigious Emerging Cinematographer Award for 2018 from the Cinematographer's Guild for her work on the short Internet Gangsters. She has shot 9 features and numerous commercials, documentaries, and music videos. Other cinematography includes,The Wedding Invitation, feature film, and Babysplitters, both of which have won numerous festival awards.
JOEL VEENSTRA is a producer, a filmmaker, an Actors’ Equity Association stage manager, a production manager, and an improviser. He has produced festivals and events including the Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium (which he also co-founded) in Southern Califorina, London, and online; the 2017 Applied Improvisation Network World Conference - Southern California; the annual Coup de Comedy Festival; and the Cornerstone Theater Company Creative Seeds Festival. As a stage manager, he has coordinated collaborations with renowned regional theaters, including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, as well as large scale celebrity galas, including the Legacy Awards, honoring luminaries including Tom Hanks, Rita Moreno (West Side Story), and Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black); the California Science Center’s Discovery Ball featuring the Space Shuttle Endeavor; and The Detroit Creativity Project's Detroit Party featuring Keegan Michael-Key (Key and Peele). Joel serves as Associate Chair of Production and Co-head of the Stage Management Program for University of California, Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ Drama Department, where he teaches stage management, collaborative production, and improvisation.
DAN O'CONNOR is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed LA based Impro Theatre. He is also a co-founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco. He directed the critically acclaimed hybrid sit-coms Sons and Daughters for ABC, and Campus Ladies for the Oxygen Network. He was a writer and the improv director for The Wayne Brady Show on ABC and co-created the improv comedy television show World Cup Comedy for NBC/PAX. He performed in the Improbable Theatre’s production of Lifegame Off-Broadway. Dan has worked as a consultant and trainer for numerous fortune 500 companies, Dreamworks, Disney Animation and Cirque du Soleil. Dan has taught at DUKE, Pepperdine, UCSB, USC’s BFA program and the MBA Program at UT. He co-wrote Life UnScripted with Jeff Katzman about using improvisation as mental health tool. He has taught and performed narrative improvisation all over the world.