Building Rapport – Why You Won’t Succeed at Work Without it! Everyone is busy at work, problem-solving, getting results, getting s**t done, right? So, who has time for ‘soft skills’, ‘communication games’, ’team building exercises’ and even (please don’t make me) ‘roleplay scenarios’! According to the Chopra Center, ‘being able to relate or connect with others…
Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Diversity training for the workplace may at first seem confusing or unnecessary, but it can be the start of many positive things for a business. It is an essential part of building awareness and a cohesive work environment. Here are some reasons why workplace diversity training is essential right…
Improving Diversity in the Workplace In Volume 1 and Volume 2, we have discussed the innate biases that still exist in the hiring practices of many companies today, there are some inspiring businesses that are realizing the benefits of having a diverse workforce and are finding creative ways of achieving this. Check out these 3…
Workplace Diversity and Inclusion – Positive Facts and Figures In our last blog, we looked at how little has been done in the last two decades to address the lack of diversity in the workforce. The fact that there are more CEOs named “John” than there are female leaders of any name in America, that…
Workplace diversity and inclusion – some startling facts and figures In this series of articles, we are going to delve into what workplace diversity and inclusion means, how it can be achieved and what the benefits are of having an inclusive workplace. Most people realize that there is a very real problem with most companies…
Although regarded as one of the most powerful tools for learning and exploring human communications, roleplay is still regarded by most as something to be avoided. But why? Here are some reasons: 5 reasons why roleplay is so despised: 1. People fear getting up in front of their peers to do something they could…
How do role play actors help with leadership training? There’s no doubt that more and more companies are using professional corporate actors to bring their role-play scenarios to life. Whether it’s recruitment role play – to assess potential candidates, sales role play, to improve the sales process and lead to quicker closing, or to develop…
I was asked by a colleague today to give a one-line summation of what makes a great leader, and my immediate response was ‘Lead by example’. Having worked in on-site programs with managers and team leaders for many years, it is evident to us that no matter how much training and development is given to…
Recently relocated to La, Rez is a highly experienced role-player, coach and facilitator. In the UK he has worked many different training companies since 2003. He specializes in Presentation Skills, Customer Service, Bullying and Harassment, Diversity and Inclusion. Rez has worked with Law Firms, Government Departments and large Corporations, using forum theater, giving effective feedback,…
BA Communications Writing Film, BA Theatre, Drama Centre London Cert IV Training Assessment. Highly regarded by Clients as a Role Player, Facilitator and Trainer. She founded Talking Brief; Persuasive Communication for Lawyers. Clients include: VIC, NSW, QLD Bar Associations, VIC Legal Aid, NSW Crown Solicitors, presenting at: International Advocacy Teachers Conference, Italy, CLEAA Conference Sydney,…
Have you ever felt that one team member or colleague is obstructing your ability to get big picture goals done? I think most managers have experienced the frustration of a great team, with one personality who stands out and gets in the way of teamwork! Every group we deal with seems to have one personality…
SUPPORTING THE WHITELION BAIL OUT SINCE 2010 The Whitelion Bail Out evenings are exciting events to raise funds and awareness to help ‘at risk’ youth. They allow people to step into the shoes of convicted young people and spend a night in a correctional facility. Peers and Players is proud to have supported these events…
HOW TO DELIVER A SUCCESSFUL PRESENTATION If you have an impending presentation to give, you want it to be not only good, but impressive. You want people to get the message loud and clear, and see you as a leader in your field. You’ve spent many hours drafting, editing and rereading the content of your…
Definition of Rehearsal: An event at which a person or group practices an activity (such as singing, dancing, or acting) in order to prepare for a public performance A: a private performance or practice session preparatory to a public appearance B : a practice exercise Merriam Webster That’s the dictionary definition and, interestingly enough,…
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James is an Executive Coach who has extensive professional experience in the United States and abroad. He has worked with many of the world’s leading IT firms, law firms, and financial institutions,in the Tech, Financial and Banking industries. With a particular emphasis on practicable, experiential learning in group and one-on-one settings, he guides clients at all levels of management towards more facile, specific and dynamic communication. As a coach, his areas of specialty include presentation strategy and execution, influencing skills across diverse populations and cultured, effective and efficient interviewing and transformational feedback delivery.
Leigh possesses a B.A. in theater arts (magna cum laude) from Cornell University, including a semester at British American Drama Academy in London. She has an M.F.A. in acting from The Case Western/Cleveland Play House Graduate Acting Program, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Leigh has been a professional actress based in New York City since 1999. In addition to her extensive theatre résumé, she has appeared in a number of national and regional commercials for brands including Pillsbury, Time Warner Cable, Stop & Shop and Dunkin’ Donuts. Leigh has years of management experience in the retail world, with a specialty in training employees on customer interaction and client relationships.
A graduate of the Cleveland Play House Master of Fine Arts Acting program, Kelli is a New York based actor and speech coach who has worked and trained across the country. As well as theater, film, television, and commercials, Kelli has been using her skills of drama and communication to help others further develop in educational and corporate settings. In hospitality and retail, she designed and implemented training programs for managerial teams and staff. With better training guides and the facilitation of role-play simulations to improve communication skills, companies saw significant increases in product knowledge, efficiency, and sales.
James is a British actor, voice artist and magician. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA in Mathematics and Philosophy before going on to study acting at the Oxford School of Drama. He moved to Bangkok in 2007. James worked with Wall Street English, a leading international language school, as Human Resources Manager and Service Team Trainer. His responsibilities included the training and development of teachers and Centre management teams, and he gained experience facilitating and participating in learning role-plays. He has participated independently in corporate role-play work in both Bangkok and the UK, working with clients such as the Bangkok Hospital Network and a training provider for assessors of the MBTI personality test.
Brendan holds a Masters of Creative Arts and was the Artistic Director of the Australian Self Raising Theatre
when they performed for the king and queen of Malaysia in 1990.Brendan has experience as the co-director of Hit & Run Entertainment, performing at corporate launches,promotions and events, for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority,City of Sydney and Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Roleplay credits include clients Johnson & Johnson, Leighton Holdings, University of Western Sydney, NSW Health and TAFE NSW. Brendan is based in Singapore at Faculty of Performance, Lasalle College of the Arts.
Bridget has been an actress and drama educator for over 25 years in Singapore, the USA and England with the Portsmouth Players. Certified with NeuroLeadership Group, Bridget incorporates the latest findings in neuroscience in the drama and corporate programs she designs and/or executes. She is fluent in English and Malay and has done corporate or drama work in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China.
Bridget is an executive and life coach, corporate trainer and drama educator. Bridget’s client list includes BP, Cognitive Institute, Diageo, Singapore National Health, Philips, Barclays, Baker & Mackenzie, Marsh, Cisco and Singapore Civil Service College.
Ben is an experienced theatre, film and TV actor. He has degrees in Psychology and Marketing and accidentally fell into acting after his dreams of being an international sports star fell through. He currently performs role-play for Relationships Australia, Roleplay Australia, PMC and Creative Minds at Work.
Brian’s education includes a Bachelor of Performing Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (with distinction). Brian is also trained and experienced in the administration, integration and interpretation of various psychometric instruments for senior leaders, such as strategic and in-tray exercises, coaching role plays and a range of psychometric tools. He has been performing role-play in a variety of scenarios for Peers and Players with the APSC, Stockland, HSF, KPMG , Herbert Smith Freehills and other organizations since 2000.
A Graduate of the Actors College of Theatre & Television (A.C.T.T), Shane has worked in stage, television and film, locally, nationally and abroad. He works with companies using improvisation and role-play for live training as well as in corporate training videos. His assignments have been varied ranging from, patient simulation management exit and disciplinary interviews, customer service skills, conflict resolution and manyother tools specific to the Organization. Clients include Griffith University Medical, Australian Army Holsworthy, Prince Henry Hospital, Westpac, Fuji Xerox, Cisco.
In a former life Khanh practiced law in-house at the Law Society of NSW processing applications to the Pro Bono Scheme for Legal Representation and Referrals. His legal training helped with public speaking, presenting and an understanding of corporate dealings and business. He is an actor in film, TV, theatre and corporate productions. And winner of a talent scholarship to the New York Film Academy for 2010.
Donna has worked as an actor, voice over artist and presenter for over 20 years in theatre, film and television. Her performance and corporate performance work has taken her to Australia, Italy, Belgium and the UK. In the corporate and educational sectors, Donna has worked extensively with both improvisational and scripted role play for training, professional development and recruitment in areas such as conflict resolution, relational mediation, customer service, management and medical training. Clients include Relationships Australia, AIRS, Star City, Westfield Shopping Centres, Mission Australia, The Salvation Army, Centrelink, University of Sydney, The Pam McLean Centre, University of Notre Dame and Paper Scalpel Rock.
A Marketing Graduate, with a background in advertising, Nick was Account Director for Ogilvy Interactive, and founded TEN ALPHAS, a media production business in 2003, which now employs 70 people across 4 offices. Nick consults on online video content delivery, and has developed many Web, Mobile and IPTV portals and online video campaigns. Nick has many theatre credits and is also a Presenter and MC for clients such as Salesforce.com, DGM and GL. For Peers and Players, he has performed role play for Tabcorp, Herbert Smith Freehills and the recent Hay Group Conference presentation which you can see at www.peersandplayers.com.
Neveen trained at The Actors Studio and is a qualified Accountant and Business Manager. She has expertise in role-play and a real life understanding of the corporate and medical industries. Some recent roles in Corporate video, Role Play, E-Learning & Presenting include clients such as NSW Health, AMES NSW, and The NSW New Tenancy Laws 2010 for Aust. Govt., The One Centre, Telstra, SKM, Commonwealth Development Bank & Electricity Board of NSW and HETI. She also has experience in conflict resolution Role-play with TSA Corporation and radio and news reading.
With a Bachelor Arts in Communications and a Certificate IV in training and assessment, Louise has worked as a HR specialist for over a decade and has been a trainer, facilitator and coach for clients including Westpac, Allianz, Origin, Hudson, Suncorp and AAPT. Louise has developed and performed role-plays for a variety of organisations in fields including Banking, Telecommunications, Engineering, Health & Safety, Executive Development and Emergency Services. She coaches programs in presentation skills, change management, employee outplacement and executive interview training.
Heidi has ten years’ experience performing improvised theatre, including performances at Improvention, the international festival of improvised theatre. She has created and directed many improvised works, including most recently ‘The Home Front’ at The Street Theatre in Canberra. She has also written and directed scripted works. Heidi has corporate role-play experience with Peers & Players (Department of Defence), TIE Interact (AFP), Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art (ANU Law School) and the ANU Medical School.
Grant is an award-winning theatre, film, and television actor. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005, he has appeared in productions in Australia for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company, and Malthouse Theatre among others; and in New York for the Manhattan Rep Theatre, 45th Street Theatre, and Columbia Stages. Grant’s experience in sales and customer service includes Aesop, T2, and Aquila. He has also worked extensively in corporate film and role-play for companies such as Qantas, CGU and Telstra.
Dip. Of Arts (Theatre) D.A.I.A.E. Chris has been a professional actor since 1982, with more than a hundred stage productions under his belt for all of the major theatre companies in Australia. Apart from the Arts, Chris has been a carpenter, worked in the mining industry, as a professional fisherman and managed a garage. He has worked with Queensland Health for many years, role- playing with Doctors and Health Professionals in a multitude of different scenarios aimed at developing the communication skills of these specialists. He is currently working with Queensland Gas role-playing and facilitating processes as a part of a team that facilitates mining and gas industry safety performances to their workers.
Associate Diploma in Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA Acting) Queensland University of Technology. He has worked extensively across film, theatre and television. Christopher has facilitated workshops in communication, film making, and team building and has coached clients in confidence building and public speaking sessions. He developed ‘Sceneorama’: a screen acting class created to enhance the skills of Brisbane actors. He is an acting coach, working with performers for audition processes here and for the USA. He was the Associate Artistic Director of 23rd productions from 2008-2013 and has worked in Corporate Entertainment and with IZIT Entertainment in various role-play capacities.
QUT Academy of the Arts Acting Graduate, she received a Best Supporting Actress Matilda nomination for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Queensland Theatre Company and performed in The Lost Property Rules, Pygmalion, An Oak Tree, Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Christmas Carol, Vincent in Brixton. A proud Equity member since 1998, currently serving on National Performers Committee & Qld Branch Council. Role-play and real play clients include Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, the Cognitive Institute, Qld Health, Open Disclosure (RBWH), ANU Law Faculty and the QUT Law Faculty. And training and corporate videos for SES Qld, News Corp Disability Services Qld, Education Qld and ASIC.
Paul trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in NY and has a Master of Creative Arts degree. Accreditation includes Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, MBTI, DiSC and the Enneagram. As an actor Paul has worked in theatre, television and film in Australia and the USA. Work includes Roundabout Theatre Company NY, Q Theatre, Iron Cove Theatre – Director. TV – The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters and A Country Practice. Paul has extensive experience in the corporate sector as a role-player, trainer, facilitator and executive coach. Clients include: News Corp, KPMG Worldwide, PWC, NAB, BOC, SEQUENOM, WorkPac, AMP, Leighton Contractors, Air Services Australia, DEHP and Wylie Publishing.
As well as being an actor, writer, and educator, Daniel is also an accomplished improviser and role-player, working regularly with doctors and other medical professionals for the Cognitive Institute in particular. He has role-played in many workshops and scenarios for News Corp., Qld Health, Griffith University, Brisbane City Council, Woolworths, SEQ Water, Open Disclosure (RBWH), and Australian College of Emergency Medicine Exams, as well as performing in training and counselling videos for SES Qld, Qld Rail, Eco-Tourism, and the Cognitive Institute.
Susan specializes in improvising for corporate and university teaching examinations for various faculties. With experience as a registered nurse/ Practice Manager and Nurse Manager and as an English Lecturer, Teacher and Tutor, Susan is well placed to role-play and give feedback in a training environment. Her role-play work in Simulated Patient / Actor / Relief Tutor /examiner roles includes medical simulations for Royal Australian College of GPs and AMC. She teaches improv acting skills and has been employed by ImproNow since 2006 as an improvise actor for corporate and training programs.
Julian holds a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Marketing and Management. After cutting his teeth in the advertising world he eventually moved client side where he quickly established a reputation for realigning marketing and business development strategies to help organizations truly engage with their customers in innovative and interactive ways. Parallel to pursuing a career in the corporate world, Julian is also a professional actor with varied and extensive experience in corporate training and role play.
Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology/Drama/Cinema Studies). Anne is the owner, manager and active member of theatre company Impro NOW that has been providing improvisation performances and training through-out South Australia for schools and corporate groups since 2003. Anne has 30 years of role playing and tutoring experience with The University of Adelaide and Flinders University. She works for the School of Medicine at Flinders University facilitating staff and student training, and tutoring in communication skills.
An Australian Film School graduate, director and performer, Wendy is MBTI and DISC trained. With her production company, Wendy has produced theatre and events for a number of local and international clients.
In Corporate Role-Play, she has worked with several financial institutions, major Electronics Manufacturers and Insurance companies in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai, covering issues from diversity, to conflict resolution, customer service, counseling and mentoring sessions as well as best hiring practices.
A Thai National with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and an MA in Dramatic Arts, she has performed in stage productions in Bangkok, Singapore and Vietnam. Siree is fluent in Thai, English and Japanese and also works as a translator/ interpreter for many corporate businesses.
Siree has sales experience in a Japanese firm. She is also an experienced role-player, involved in a variety of the simulated OSCE examinations for medical students as well as legal role-play training.
From the UK, Ian is an experienced actor/director and has performed in and directed numerous plays and musicals. He is also a qualified English teacher, holding the CELTA award from Cambridge University.
Ian is a lawyer by profession, now leading trainings in communication skills for lawyers. Ian has taught at most of the major law firms in Hong Kong (e.g. Allen and Overy, Freshfields, Clifford Chance) and other companies in South East Asia. Role play scenarios have involved “difficult clients”, clients making complaints, use of body language, listening skills and general interview situations.
From Germany, Robin is an experienced trilingual actor, language coach, director and voice-over artist. Holding a BA International, MBA Marketing, Robin has experience in business as well in the arts. He is fluent in English, German and Thai.
Robin was a Business Developer for Berndorf, travelling extensively throughout Southeast Asia, meeting high-level executives. He has worked on corporate trainings and role-plays in a variety of industries including medical, legal, and industrial.
BA in Arts (First Class Honors). Pupe is an accomplished actor, presenter, director, facilitator and lecturer in Acting for Radio and Television at the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok.
Pupe Best Actress from “Rak/Mai Rak”10th Movie Mania Awards and performed in Industrial Training videos. Her role-play experience includes performing as patient/client for Empathic Communication for Physicians by Bangkok Dusit Medical Services and for an International Legal Firm in Bangkok.
Educated in Singapore and the United States. He is an actor, writer, director and producer. He graduated with a B.A. with honors in Political Science (Pre-Law) and Communications and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Edward has over a decade of acting experience in America and across Asia.
Also a multilingual mediator and business executive, Edward has worked with clients across a range of industries from oil & gas to film & entertainment companies in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Edward is fluent in English, Indonesian, Hokkien, Mandarin and Thai.
With an MBA from Virginia, Bonnie moved to Bangkok as Director of Account Services for Saatchi & Saatchi. She has performed role-play with a range of clients including hotels, legal firms and restaurants. She chairs the Marketing Committee of Bangkok Patana School and leads improvisation classes there, which includes devising various role-play exercises.
Co-Founder of TheatreWorks, she was a leading member of Bangkok’s English language theatre organization. With experience in film and TV her major credits include The Impossible, No Escape, All I See is You and Rescue Dawn.
Diploma of Education and Performing Arts. Helen has worked extensively as an actor, playwright, performance coach and a facilitator. She was Acting Coach for Home and Away before deciding to take these skills to the corporate market.
She has worked extensively around Australasia, performing role-play and group facilitation with a diverse range of clients in the fields of Legal, Banking, Financial, Industrial, Public Service, Communication, Publishing and Education.
B.A. (Hons) Degree in History. Stephanie is an experienced performer as well as a drama and song-writing instructor/trainer, songwriter, scriptwriter, director and producer of staged performances. She is a Singaporean actress with an extensive performing history, having been involved in professional theatre since 1987. As a corporate role-player, Stephanie has worked with Black Rock Singapore, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, GSK, Deutsche Bank, Pimco Singapore, TNT Express, Philips Electronics, Philip Morris International, Singapore British High Commission, Hong Kong British Consulate-General and the British Embassy in Beijing, many of whom, she has worked with for several years.