Speaker: Dann and Tara Sytsma

Dann and Tara Sytsma blend their professional backgrounds in sales, training, and management with their improv theatre training to bring you Improv Effects, an applied improv coaching firm. Improv Effects has worked with over 150 different companies, many of which appear on the Fortune 500 list. Their inclusive facilitation style allows them to introduce improv skills and concepts in an accessible, non-threatening way. Dann has been performing improvisational theatre since 1997. His formal improv training includes studying at the esteemed Improv Olympic (iO) and Second City in Chicago. He has worked with – and tutored – some of the top improv performers in Southwest Michigan. Dann’s professional history is in chemistry, including method development & validation, business development, and college instruction. He is also the owner of Crawlspace Comedy Theatre and the founder of Crawlspace Eviction, Kalamazoo’s premier improv troupe. Tara’s improv background spans the years since 2003. She performs with Crawlspace Eviction and is the Director of Education for Crawlspace Comedy Theatre. Tara instructs the Level 1 adult improv course. Tara’s professional background outside of improv is in education, both in the areas of biology and the arts. She also supervised education staff in after-school programming.

The Courage to Be You… Better 

Professional improv performers Dann and Tara from Improv Effects will share techniques and philosophies that are not only useful for creating great moments on the improv stage but are also powerful communication tools in real life. Improvisors work to stay present and ask, “What does … read more.