Theresa Robbins Dudeck
THERESA ROBBINS DUDECK, PhD, has taught improvisation and applied improvisation all over the world. She is a Fulbright Scholar and considered one of the foremost teachers of Keith Johnstone's Impro System. Theresa wrote the critically acclaimed Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography (Bloomsbury 2013), serves as Johnstone’s Literary Executor, and is co-editor of two books on applied improvisation: Applied Improvisation: Leading, Collaborating, and Creating Beyond the Theatre (2018) and The Applied Improvisation Mindset (forthcoming 2021). She is also the co-founder of one of the only international symposiums focused on theatrical improvisation, the Global Improvisation Initiative (GII). Theresa worked as a Los Angeles based actor/singer/dancer before discovering her passion as a theatre scholar-practitioner and applied improvisation facilitator. Still, she keeps one foot in the theatre and, over the last 2 decades, has directed 27 productions, several of which were new plays in development.
ALICIA ROBBINS is a Los Angeles based Director of Photography. She graduated with a MFA in Cinematography from AFI in 2003. She is currently the full time alternating DP for the ABC show, Grey's Anatomy (Season 16 & 17). 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, which won Best Romantic Comedy at the 2016 Manhattan Film Festival and Best Comedy at Burbank International Festival and is currently available on Amazon and VOD. Her next two features that she DP'd, Babysplitters (starring Danny Pudi) and Forever Not Maybe are due for release in 2019.
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.