Cristina Anselmo

Cristina Anselmo earned a BA in Theatre Arts at Santa Clara University and a post-graduate degree in Classical Acting, LAMDA. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Antaeus Academy under the direction of Jeanie Hackett and Dakin Matthews. Cristina has extensive training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance styles. Currently, she teaches for the Young Conservatory and Studio ACT divisions of American Conservatory Theatre, where she has taught acting technique, on-camera, and improvisation for the past 11 years. Learn more →

Rotimi Agbabiaka

Rotimi studied English, Economics, and Plan II and an MFA in Acting. He is an actor, writer, singer, director who has taught theatre and appeared on stage across California and primarily in San Francisco. His solo show Homeless won the award for Best Solo Performance at the SF Fringe. He performed role-play based HR training at top tech companies, portraying managers, co-workers, and prospective employees in management, recruitment, and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and well as medical roleplay. He is a regular roleplayer for Peers and Players. Learn more →

Stephen Scott Wormley

With a BA, Communication Studies, Theatre Arts, and Dance, he has worked extensively on and off Broadway. Stephen worked for The Environmental Protection agency as a communication program specialist and as a conversation specialist, breaking down effective conversation models and engaging in both scripted and bespoke roleplay. His roleplay clients include law firms, banking institutions financial companies, medical training and IT professionals. Learn more →

Gina Burgo

With a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, an actor, improviser and performer, Gina has worked as a narrator and tour guide, and presents at conventions and is a trainer for MGM resorts, in Detroit and Las Vegas, training members of management about the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. Gina also works as a narrator in the convention circuit, and is an experienced Standardized Patient roleplay Actor, Gina is a regular actor/coach in ongoing Virtual and in-person Leadership sessions. Learn more →

Frank Lawson

Frank has performed in the US and internationally, starring in musicals. In NYC, Frank worked as a Mentor/Coach, helping young adults develop leadership abilities through the Arts, focusing on communication and conflict resolution skills. As Market Manager for advertising and branding companies, he trained and supervised teams of brand ambassadors and coaching were integral parts of the training process. He is a key member of Peers and Players in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Learn more →

Nathaniel Scotcher

As an actor he has appeared in many productions for stage, television and film. He has years of experience in assessment centres for financial planners, developing skills in relationship building, influencing and communication. Along with his extensive list of roleplay and coaching clients, he delivers sexual harassment and bullying workshops, contact officer training and mediation in the workplace sessions all over Australia to public and private organizations. Learn more →

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Building Rapport

Everyone is busy at work, getting results, getting s**t done, right? So how do we build rapport and earn trust from the people we interact with at work? And how do we know when we have it? Here are some tips for improving working relationships.

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Leading By Example

There’s plenty of good leadership advice out there, such as being a good listener and being persistent. However, if you can get stuff done, share the praise/blame, trust, and stay positive, you’ll go a long way towards not just being a good leader, but being an inspiring leader with a devoted team.


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,…

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There’s One in Every Crowd!

Have you ever felt that one team member is obstructing your ability to achieve goals? I think most managers have experienced the frustration of one person who gets in the way of teamwork! Every group seems to have one person that can be described as having a challenging personality.

Whitelion Actors

We Support

Whitelion Bail Out events raise awareness to help ‘at risk’ youth. They allow people to step into the shoes of convicted youth and spend a night in a correctional facility. We coordinate the actors who bring the nights to life by playing the roles of guards, as well as acting out example scenarios of trials.

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4 Tips for a Successful Presentation

If you really want to have an impressive, successful presentation and feel more comfortable in front of your audience, you have more work to do. Yet, how many people give this any real thought? Have you rehearsed and refined the delivery? Read these tips on how to deliver a successful presentation.

Jimmy Akingbola

Jimmy is an award-winning UK actor/producer and Co-Founder of The TriForce Creative Network, an organization set up to promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry. Jimmy works in Los Angeles and London producing and managing TCN events, creating business relationships and expanding the TCN brand in the USA. Jimmy has acted in film, television and on stage in the UK/USA since 2002.

Jimmy has performed Corporate Role Play work since 2006, working with Actorshop, RoleplayUK, Metropolitan Police, Soho Theatre, Round House, CPS, Halifax HSBC, Natwest, Santander, NHS, Guys Hospital, and Newham Schools and College.

Sohm Kapila

Sohm moved to Los Angeles from London in early 2017 and has been acting since the age of 14. She has a BA Hons in Acting from Italia Conti Academy, and also studied Film Making at the New York Film Academy and Comedy Sitcom at Lesly Kahn in LA. Sohm speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Her business experience spans over 15 years, and she has had a long career in sales and marketing. Her extensive roleplay work has been mainly in the UK, with clients that include the NHS, Centrica Gas, Tower Hamlets Council, and the Ministry of Justice. She is experienced in multiple workplace scenarios, responding with sensitivity and relevance to each individual, challenging when needed, providing practical and personal feedback.

Katrina Morris

Katrina has studied and performed audience-suggested improvisation for over ten years, beginning with short-form game playing and moving on to long-form team performances. Her team, Cage-Free Humans performed regularly in Miami, as well as at the Del Close Marathon in New York. Katrina is the owner of Improv South Miami, an independent improv theater in South Miami, Florida.

Katrina developed a program called Improv for Human beings, which focuses on natural communication, emphasizing authenticity and respectful listening. She has taught her program at Improv South Miami and at regional improv theaters, as well as at FilmGate Miami, and her one-on-one clients have included lawyers, business-owners, students, and administrators.

Maria Inés Pintado

A graduate of Escuela Rusa de Actuación en México, Maria studied classical theatre at the London Academy of Performing Arts and workshops at LAMDA and The Actors Centre. Since 2009 she has produced and performed Prendida de las Lámparas, a play about Rosario Castellanos, Dostoyevski, the Demon and the Idiot and Karamazov.

Recently she worked for Peers and Players in Mexico City as role-play actress. Maria uses coaching techniques for clients from business and administrative institutions to develop their communication skills.

Alfred Loh

Alfred has been performing in the Malaysian arts industry for the last 9 years and has experience working in various mediums such as film, theatre, television, commercials, corporate training and performance. Alfred also has experience in multiple corporate role-play scenarios for clients such as British American Tobacco and 7-Eleven. Prior to acting, Alfred also spent a year in the corporate sector with HP-EDS based in Cyberjaya.

Fernando Córdova

Fernando left his law career for acting, studied improvisation with Omar Argentino and was part of the Mexican League of Improvisation. Fernando performed and starred in The Winter Pageant Spectacle in Chicago produced by The Redmoon, and recently in the Opera El Pagliacci.

He has implemented his theories, workshops and shows in different countries such as Mexico, Spain, United States, Barcelona, ​​Costa Rica, Brussels and China, among others. In addition to his creative career, Cordova founded Inhala, an organization dedicated to improving organizational environments in the for profit and non-for-profit sectors.

Farah Rani

Farah Rani is an avid theatre practitioner who has performed in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, Adelaide, Brisbane and New York City. Farah was trained at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City.

Farah is a law graduate from the University of Malaya and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2012. She is a non-practicing advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. She has used her acting experience to role play for corporate training, most notably for Philip Morris where she helped potential interviewers hone their skills by going through mock interviews and providing verbal feedback.

Gavin Yap

Gavin Yap is a Malaysian actor/writer/theatre director and award winning film-maker. He has a BA degree from the University of North London, now known as London Metropolitan University. As an actor, he has performed in London, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau and Australia.

Gavin served as Director-In-Residence at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre from 2005 to 2008, during which time he directed numerous productions. In 2007, he was awarded the National Arts Award for directing. Gavin is also a seasoned voice director.

Kate Drummond

B.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, Kate developed a specialized interest in Shakespearean verse. After graduation, Kate completed the Seattle Children’s Theatre internship with the Young Actor Institute, and Teaching Apprenticeship. 

Since moving to Seattle, she has performed with Jet City Improv, Unexpected Productions, and several independent improv groups. Kate has also produced and directed several improv shows. As a freelance Teaching Artist, Kate teaches for many organizations in and around Seattle, including the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, foundry10, Salmon Bay School, Youth Theatre Northwest, and Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Short Shakes program.

Marina Tan

B.S. Journalism from West Virginia University; MA from the University of Southern Queensland; Dip. in Performing from Trinity Guildhall. Marina has worked as a journalist, editor, HR consultant, theatre/voiceover practitioner and teacher, corporate role player/trainer, and artistic head for a creative children’s center. Marina’s corporate training experiences include leadership and communication for a European-based machines manufacturer, negotiation strategies for a leading consumer goods multinational, and performance review for a British-based manufacturing company. She has also facilitated / supported HR efforts on assessment centers as well as communication and collaboration for Malaysian public-listed conglomerates and a nationwide banking corporation.

Anna Cheney

Spanning two decades as an actor, Anna is a multi-award winner with credits including touring nationally with Bell Shakespeare, guest roles on TV shows and films including McLeod’s Daughters, Rake and most recently in blockbuster Bleeding Steel alongside Jackie Chan. For the last eight years, Anna has been working as an Actor and Facilitator in Corporate training programs. Highly experienced in role play, bespoke theatre and vocal and physical training, this work combines Anna’s enthusiasm for connecting with people alongside her acting skills and sense of humor. Anna is friendly, punctual and creative and her presence in a room is positive and energizing.

Jason Tobin

Jason is an actor, writer, director and producer with 20 years of experience in the film industry in Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong. In 2013, Jason won the best actor award for his performance in the controversial film, CHINK, at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Jason created “Acting Is Believing” a school which brings acting teachers to Hong Kong from The USA. Jason has trained and coached in diversity programmes, leadership, public-speaking, performance management, sales and customer service, interview, feedback and one-on-one coaching workshops. Clients include Steps Drama, DLA Piper, Coca-Cola, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures. Prudential Insurance, Pizza Hut, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and Morgan Stanley.

Bob Werley

A graduate of the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Bob has worked as a professional actor, acting coach, improv teacher, and corporate role player/trainer for over 20 years.  He is currently working as the head instructor of The Pirates of Tokyo Bay’s Improv University, founded by Tokyo’s only bilingual improv comedy group. He has a large array of theatre, TV, voice, and film credits including Shin Godzilla, The Eternal Zero, and Equals. Bob also has administrative experience at two US universities and banking experience at 5/3 Banking Corporation in Ohio. Since moving to Japan, he has continued his acting and developed professional coaching and role-playing skills.

Yui Terada

Yui was brought up in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and London. Fascinated by theatre from a young age, she joined the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain during her time as a student, and read Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. After graduating university, Yui returned to Tokyo and received drama training at Bungakuza Theatre Company. Upon leaving Bungakuza, Yui became a freelance actress and interpreter. She began corporate role-playing and interactive drama in 2014, working with individuals at numerous levels within organizations. She has done work based on communication skills, diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias, leadership training, and feedback skills. Her clients include organizations such as Goldman Sachs, UBS, Fidelity, and Adecco. 

Ryo Harada

Bachelor of Theatre Arts from San Francisco State University. After graduating SFSU, Ryo performed in Film, Theatre and Commercials in the US. Since returning to Japan, he has worked as an actor, director and playwright, specializing in theatre for young audiences. Ryo has worked in many international collaborations as an actor, director, facilitator and interpreter. Ryo works in the corporate field in role play, coaching and facilitating employees working with like managers and team members at various levels within organizations. Corporate training experience includes feedback Skills for Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Smith Group, IBD, Inclusive Leadership/Unconscious Bias Program for UBS and Feedback Skills, Career Conversations and Inclusion Training for Morgan Stanley.

Rom Gulla

Rom is a graduate of ACTT with an Acting Diploma and more than a decade of experience in theatre, television and role-playing. He has assisted with recruitment by role-playing in all different industries, particularly working in corporate and training.
Rom has worked with a vast variety of clients such as Transport NSW, Telstra, Relationships Australia, St George, Westpac, BeChallenged, Health NSW and most recently NSW Justice System, playing the role of a parolee. He has also been a part of numerous company campaigns playing the roles of an angry customer, CEO and a themed facilitator. 
Some of his career highlights have included starring as the main lead in the Panasonic Persecution of Rommy Gulla campaign, ABC2 commercial, Tivo launch commercial as well as many plays including The Removalist, A Hat Full of Rain and Anna in the Tropics.

Jerry Hoh

Jerry is a popular face on the local and international television screen. He has plays lead and support roles in comedy & drama series in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the UK, Germany, France and Italy. Besides movies made in South East Asia, he has also acted in a feature film for Jean-Jacque Anaud shot in Cambodia and Thailand. Jerry has also been involved in many role-playing training sessions over the last 10 years, and is familiar with giving feedback and the techniques involving theatre forum. Some of these sessions also involve coaching. Some of his corporate clients include: Baker McKenzie, ATKearney, Barclays Bank, British American Tobacco Asia Credit Swiss, DLA Piper, HSBC, IFC, Infineum, RBS Coutts, Turner & Townsend and UBS.

Evan Mueller

Evan has a Master of Fine Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a BA, Duke University.  He is the Co-Founder and Artistic Associate of New York’s Strange Sun Theater Company, as well as an actor, educator, and director.  As a Professor of Voice and Speech for actors, Evan has brought the actors’ skills of communication to the corporate and medical world through private coaching and role play, working with such organizations as Kaiser Permanente, NYU Langone Medical Center, and coaching for professional leaders within Wells Fargo, The United Nations, and others.  Currently based in the Seattle area, where he is also an Assistant Professor at Western Washington University.

Philip Geurin

Phil has his degree in Physics and worked as a game theory researcher for the National Science Foundation at Keck Graduate Institute. He’s developed multiple web applications and is a full stack software engineer. He has taught and role-played for nurses, doctors, medical students, and social workers at the OU Medical Center, the TU School of Community Medicine, and the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. He also traveled across the Midwest role-playing bullying scenarios for kids in Somebody’s Hero. Phil has taught roleplay to L.A.R.P.E.R.S at anime conventions across the country.

Bradford Farwell

Brad received a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and did his graduate work in classical drama at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has performed in over 150 stage productions all over the world and was a member of acting company at the Stratford Festival in Canada for three years. Since moving to Seattle he has performed at ACT, Seattle Repertory, 5th Avenue, Intiman and many others in the Seattle area. Bradford’s corporate experience goes back to Chicago where he acted and helped facilitate moot court role-plays for some of Chicago’s largest law firms. Since moving to Seattle, he has performed in countless industrials and instructional videos for firms ranging from Boeing to Microsoft. 

Sunam Ellis

Sunam has a MFA in Acting and dual BA in Human Development and Theatre Performance. She did graduate work in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, and in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Friedrich-Schiller Institute in Germany. She has extensive experience on stage, television, and film, performed training videos for Penn State’s College of Nursing, and is most passionate about using engaged theatre for education and creating meaningful change in people’s lives. She trained professionally in improv with ComedyCity in Green Bay, WI, has taught at both Penn State and the University of Washington, and done graduate research on interventions for improving relationships and interpersonal communication. She has experience workshopping trust building skills with youth in detention, roleplay work for training emergency medical responders, critical conversation mentoring and coaching, and has done training videos for Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Alex Grindeland

Alex has a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre Education, is a CSzWW Senior Practitioner of Applied Improvisation and CSzWW Certified Education Architect. Alex has been an improviser, actor, comedian, and teacher for over 14 years. During that time, he has performed in over 1,000 live improvised shows. Alex also oversees 40 people in his role as the owner and general manager of CSz Seattle, which is best known for their flagship show ComedySportz. Alex works extensively in the corporate sector, training teams in the skills of Applied Improvisation, team building, and communication. He has designed and facilitated workshops for various departments in companies such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, and more.

Andrew McMasters

Andrew is an actor, director, teacher, entrepreneur and keynote speaker, as well as Artistic Director and co-founder of Jet City Improv. Originally from Philadelphia, he received his undergraduate degree in theater from Temple University and relocated to Seattle in 1990. He attended the University of Washington to receive his MFA in Drama as well as a Certificate in Arts Administration. He is actively involved in community building in the performing arts, and serves as board co-chair of his local business improvement area. In addition to running a non-profit organization, Andrew is an internationally renowned speaker and trainer, providing experiential learning sessions for organizations in team communications, leadership development and innovation.

James Seol

An Executive Coach with professional experience in the United States and abroad. He has worked with IT companies, firms, law firms, and financial institutions. With aa emphasis on practicable, experiential learning in group and one-on-one, he guides clients at all levels of management towards more facile, specific and dynamic communication. Based in New York, he works in presentation strategy and execution, influencing skills and cultured, effective and efficient interviewing and transformational feedback delivery. Learn more →

Leigh Williams

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.

Kelli Ruttle

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 Laver

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 O’Connell

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 Therese Lachica

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.

Debra Teng

Debra Teng has worked all over the world, including Hungary, Germany, Japan, India, Indonesia, USA and United Kingdom. She has been twice nominated for the Asian TV Awards for Best Performance, and won the Excellent Performer Award in Toyama, Japan. Originally trained as an architect, Debra worked as a management consultant with a local consulting firm, and later, as associate partner of The Gallup Organization. Corporate programs include communications and presentation skills, service transformation, change management, teambuilding, profiling, succession planning, leadership and diversity programs. Clients: Symrise, Prudential, CAAS, Accenture, Barclays, Baker & McKenzie, Merril Lynch, Maybank, OCBC, UOB, UBS, World Bank.

Gerald Chew

Gerald holds a B.A. from the Loughborough University and a M.A. from Central School of Speech and Drama UK. He’s worked as a book and magazine editor, journalist and communications manager for multi-national companies. Experienced in film, TV and theatre, his credits include Rogue Trader, The Tattooist, The Great Wall and Yellow Fever. Gerald teaches at the National University of Singapore and New York University & Tisch School of the Arts (Asia Campus). Drawing on his experience in acting, writing, directing and teaching, Gerald has performed numerous role-plays, and diversity issue and performance coaching in the corporate world. Clients include UBS, Citibank, Barclays Capital, Infineum, Baker and Mackenzie and British American Tobacco.

Harris Jahim

Master of FIne Arts, Certificate in Lessac Training, currently Head of FOundation Studies Performing Arts at LaSalle. He has acted in the United States, and Singapore. Harris hosted Christmas shows with Disney, Cartoon Network and WB. He directed Shiro and The Cherry Blossom for the ACE! Festival 2010. He has performed in corporate role-play for MNC, NTUC Income Insurance, Refreshing Thought, Singapore Power, M1 Singapore, and The Ministry of Education.

Brian Langsworth

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.

Khanh Trieu

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 Brooks

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.

Nick Bolton

Nick has a Masters in Screen Arts and Business. Combine the business skills and entrepreneurial flair of 20 years’ experience of running media businesses for corporate, enterprise and government organisations, with the storytelling experience of an award winning actor, producer and director in film, theatre, TV and online, and you have a corporate role play actor, comfortable in facilitation, fishbowl, forum theatre, feedback, and sales presentations, pitch practice for executives. Nick has been an integral member of the team for many years. Learn more →