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Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director

Ben founded Bright invention (formerly White Pines Productions) in 2009 with his production of William di Canzio's play Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier. From 2009 to 2012, the company was in residence at the Elkins Estate, a 42 acre gilded age mansion and estate in Elkins Park, PA. Under Ben’s direction, White Pines initiated many site-specific programs to compliment the estate and engage with its extraordinary beauty. From 2014 – 2018, Bright Invention was based at The White Pines Place, a 1500 square foot flexible performance studio in Elkins Park, PA, where the company taught classes, performed, presented other artists and ran a successful summer day camp. During this time, Ben created our dynamic consultancy program Creative Corporate Training, using the scenario-based technique he designed. Ben has now guided Bright Invention to its current incarnation: as a flexible and dynamic performing arts nonprofit which does three things: improvise, corporate training, and creative work with people with disabilities. 

From 1994 - 2013 Ben acted professionally on every major stage in the Philadelphia region, as well as in New York City, Edinburgh Scotland, Portland Oregon and other places. His second novel, The Deception of Surfaces, was published in July 2011. It is a follow up to his first book The Actor’s Way: A Journey of Self-Discovery in Letters, published by Allworth Press in May 2006. He is also the author of various articles and pamphlets on theatre and Quakerism.  He has a B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale College and an M.F.A. in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. He lives in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

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Robert Stineman, Finance Director

When not performing on stage, Bob serves as a bookkeeper and accountant for both for and non-profit businesses around the Philadelphia area.  Though a role he stumbled into, his experience with finance has offered him the chance to serve as a managing director, office manager, AR/AP specialist, and paralegal over the last 10 years.  Since 2015 he has been Bright invention’s Director of Finance in charge with daily bookkeeping, financial planning, budgeting, and federal tax filings. He can also be found as the part-time bookkeeper for the law firm of Kolman Ely, PC located in Langhorne, PA. Recently he began working as a bookkeeper and advisor for Simpatico Theater Project, a group he served as Managing Director for 2 seasons.  He has helped restructure and streamline billing and monthly financial record keeping for several different businesses and hopes that he has helped make all “this money stuff” less scary for folks.

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Dani Bryant, Drama Therapy and Facilitation

Dani is an experienced process facilitator and a Drama Therapist in training at the New School in New York. She is an experienced community arts educator and devised method playwright. She has taught classes for Bright Invention, led Creative Corporate Training workshops, run our summer camp, and assisted in the development of Bright Invention. Dani has created innovative classes and workshops for Ability in Action and has taken the lead in developing that program. In addition to creating and teaching theater, she is passionate about facilitating social practice events and discussions on the topics of mental health, gender parity, and food & body politics. As a facilitator & community arts educator, she specializes in leading community conversations through adaptive listening, dialogic practice, devised theater techniques, and radical engagement strategies. Originally from Tennessee, she attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts , received her BFA from the Hartt School of Theater and spent 9 years in Chicago working in the store-front theater scene and arts education field. She is the proud founder of Knife & Fork and is the former Education Manager at Adventure Stage Chicago. www.danibryant.com 

I had a great time taking the improv classes at Bright Invention. Ben is an intuitive and skilled coach who individualizes his approach according to the needs of each participant. I felt like I had a space to play and develop my imagination, authenticity, and courage. My class formed a closeness and we offered mutual support and encouragement to one another in a culture of generosity and kindness.
— Simi Toledano, student