Comings and Goings . . .

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Bon Voyage, Dani Bryant

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In the summer of 2017, former education director Katherine Perry announced she was moving on, and so we opened a search to replace her. When Katherine and Ben interviewed Dani Bryant they knew they had found someone special. Moving from Chicago to Philly, Dani dropped into Bright Invention (then, White Pines) and began overseeing all our education programs, teaching classes, and leading our summer camp. "Dani was my right-hand," says Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. "She was at the center of every major decision we made. Her insight, creativity, humor and leadership will be sorely missed."

"Working with White Pines (& Bright Invention) was a gift, says Dani.  "I found in Ben a true working parter and confidante. Bright Invention and Ben always 100% supported my interests and graduate schedule and allowed me to bring my creative ideas for the organization to the table. I will take with me the playful memories and beautiful artistic work of our campers, studio class students and storytellers. Thank you for giving me a creative home base! Onwards!"

Dani lives now in New York City with her partner Mike Durkin, as she completes her graduate studies in Drama Therapy. Soon, she will begin her practice there, but we can't let go of her completely! She will stay on as "Drama Therapy Consultant" at Bright Invention, advising Ben on the Ability in Action program, curriculum design, and teaching techniques.

New Inventors! 

After a month-long audition process we welcome three new extraordinary citizen artists to our ensemble! 

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Carlo Campbell is a Philadelphia native. He is a founding member and Artistic Director of Theatre In The X as well as a member of SAG-AFTRA, he has been in a number films and commercials. He has also worked with theatre companies all throughout the Delaware Valley including Go Kash On Stage, Ego Po, Simpatico, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Delaware Shakespeare, First World Theatre, and Curio Theatre.  He has worked with children and young adults of all ages, from kindergarten to 12th grade as a teaching artist and director. Also a Poet an MC (AFLOE), Carlo has published a book of poetry entitled Afloematic.

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Kaitlin Chin is an independent performer as well as the co-owner of the touring aerial show Draiku and the director of the immersive performance company The Night Circus, born out of the You Are So Lucky production company. She has been studying and performing dance since the age of three. She began training at the West Side Performing Arts Academy in Middleton, WI, and later trained with Monona Academy of Dance under JoJean Retrum and briefly danced with the Madison and Monona Ballets in shows such as “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, and “Winter Fantasy”. Kaitlin appeared in Shakespeare in the Summer’s production of Twelfth Night last summer as Viola, which was co-produced by Bright Invention.


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Born in Nashville, TN, raised in Lancaster, PA, and currently living in Philadelphia, Josh Kirwin is farm-to-table. Aside from his expansive work as a singer/songwriter/bassist in the studio and on the road, he is known for playing many broody boy roles, like Melchior in Spring Awakening, Biff Loman in Death of a Salesman. Philly work includes producing a short run of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui underneath the South Street Head House, and a string of bizarre staged episodes of the animation show Bob's Burgers inside Tattooed Mom's. He is a founding member of Liberty City Radio Theatre, which performs in various locations along South Street.

Look for these three  in Bright Invention shows beginning in February, like . . . 

THE IMPROVATHON!

Saturday February 9th #phillytheatreweek

The IMPROVATHON returns!

Bright Invention presents the return of . . . 

 

The Improvathon!

The Bright Invention Ensemble

The Bright Invention Ensemble

Blanka Zizka spanking Benjamin Lloyd onstage at IMPROVATHON 2014

Blanka Zizka spanking Benjamin Lloyd onstage at IMPROVATHON 2014

In December of 2014 the improv group Bright Invention accomplished the unthinkable: they improvised for 24 hours straight in Philly’s first Improvathon! At that historic event, they were joined onstage by Philly arts and culture luminaries such as Brian Anthony Wilson (Creed, The Wire), Sharon Geller (Saturday Night Live), and Blanka Zizka, Artistic director for the Wilma Theatre who spanked Bright invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd on stage during an improv! 

Now for Philly Theater Week 2019 they will bring the Improvathon back, this time to raise money for the William Way LGBT Community Center. That’s right on Saturday February 9that Arch Street Quaker Meeting House, they will begin improvising and won’t stop until they have raised $500 for William Way! 

 

But wait – there’s more!

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In order for them stop improvising – Gritty must show up! That’s right! Achieving their philanthropic goals is not enough! Philly’s new mascot sensation must appear at this feat of creative endurance in order to save them from improvising themselves into an early grave! 

What will happy on February 9th? Will Bright Invention raise enough money for Philly’s LGBT champions? Will the great orange-bearded monster appear? Will members of the ensemble expire from exhaustion, giggle fits and hallucinations? What special guests will appear on stage to support them?

The William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia.

The William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia.

Click here for tickets!

Don’t miss this epic improv event! 

  • Date and time:

  • Saturday February 9th, 10 am - ?

  • Location

  • Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

Arch Street Quaker Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia: the location of the IMPROVATHON 2019!

Arch Street Quaker Meeting House, 4th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia: the location of the IMPROVATHON 2019!

Tickets are free – donations accepted for The William Way LGBT Community Center

Contact: 

Benjamin Lloyd

877-674-8338

ben@brightinvention.org

www.brightinvention.org

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Help us transform lives!


We need your help . . .

It's that time of year when we all take stock of the people and organizations that matter. We hope that our scrappy little nonprofit will make the cut with you. Here's a little movie we made to help make our case:

Acting Out does the Time Warp! A movie of Ability in Action, our creativity program for people with disabilties.

It's an exciting time for Bright Invention!

  • new name!

  • new streamlined mission!

  • same innovative vision!

Bright Invention uses improvisation to empower individuals and organizations to unlock their potential. We are committed to entrepreneurial self-sufficiency, proving our value by solving problems, transforming lives, and delighting audiences.

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Bright Invention is:


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The Improvisation Ensemble

The creative center of the organization, practicing improvisation, performing, teaching and staffing all our programs. 




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Creative Corporate Training

Scenario-based workshops based on structured improvisation, custom made for each client, supporting excellent teamwork, customer service, communication and leadership. 

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Ability In Action

Dynamic engagement with people with disabilities, using creative dramatics and structured improv to build emotional intelligence, confidence and creative problem solving.




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Free Drinks & Demo event Monday December 10th!

Monday December 10, 3:00 pm

Drinks & Demo

Creative Corporate Training

CCT staff Kiersten Adams, Eric Walker and facilitator Leah Holleran lead a workshop for the Drexel School of Medicine cohort, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

CCT staff Kiersten Adams, Eric Walker and facilitator Leah Holleran lead a workshop for the Drexel School of Medicine cohort, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative


Bright Invention's Creative Corporate Training program uses innovative "scenario-based" training, employing structured improvisations, games and exercises to support extraordinary communication, customer service and teamwork!

Come to this free event and see us do our thing in person! Bring a friend whose awesome organization thrives on outstanding person-to-person interaction.

Monday December 10th 

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia
Mars Drinks Conference Center, Engagement Room, 
200 S. Broad St, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • Social time 3:00 - 3:30 PM

  • Demo 3:30 - 4:15 PM

  • Bring friends!

Please RSVP

Check out this short movie of our team playing "Yes, and . . . " with a client! 


CCT free Drinks & Demo event Monday October 22nd!

Program director Benjamin Lloyd at GlaxoSmithKline workshop in North Carolina.

Program director Benjamin Lloyd at GlaxoSmithKline workshop in North Carolina.

Ensemble members Bob Stineman and Eric Walker in a workshop for The West Philly Skills Initiative.

Ensemble members Bob Stineman and Eric Walker in a workshop for The West Philly Skills Initiative.

Bright Invention's Creative Corporate Training program uses innovative "scenario-based" training, employing structured improvisations, games and exercises to support extraordinary communication, customer service and teamwork!

Come to this free event and see us do our thing in person! Bring a friend whose awesome organization thrives on outstanding person-to-person interaction.

Program Director Benjamin Lloyd leads a workshop for GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia.

Program Director Benjamin Lloyd leads a workshop for GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia.

Monday October 22nd.  

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia -
Mars Drinks Conference Center, Engagement Room, 
200 S. Broad St, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • Social time 2:30 - 3 pm

  • Demo 3 - 3:45 pm

  • Bring friends!

Welcome to the new White Pines Productions

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And it’s called . . . well you can see what it’s called!

After a careful strategic review, we decided to close our little studio in Elkins Park and become a performing arts organization without a brick and mortar home. This gives us the ability to be an even more nimble and adaptable company, bringing improvisation to multiple audiences.

We do three things:

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perform and teach improvisation,



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Work and play creatively with people with disabilities.

The fall of 2018 is full of fun events and activities!

  • improvisation shows in Ardmore, Huntingdon Valley, and soon - Center City!

  • Creative Corporate Training workshops for the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative!

  • another great year of Acting Out! for youth with disabilities!

  • classes in improv at The Cheltenham Center for the Arts!

  • site-specific living Clue game at Glen Foerd on the Delaware!

So explore our new site, and learn more about the ways you can remain a part of Bright Invention!

The ensemble performing recently at Smoke & Mirrors theater, Huntingdon Valley, PA.

The ensemble performing recently at Smoke & Mirrors theater, Huntingdon Valley, PA.