Director and Lead Facilitator

Director and Lead Facilitator

Rachel Bellack

Rachel is a native of Canada where she received her Bachelor of Arts and MBA degrees. Her love of acting started with books and performing Shakespeare and grew to encompass commercials, television and independent film. It was when she filled in for a cast member at Tony and Tina’s Wedding that she discovered her love of improv and the journey began.  After moving to the USA she joined the famed Second City as an instructor at the Detroit Training Center and served as faculty at a number of local colleges. In addition to her role at The Improv Advantage, Rachel is the Director and a lead instructor at Michigan Actors Studio and a Producer at ComedySportz Detroit and is a Certified Leadership Coach as well as a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation.  She serves as a Mentor Coach, is a professional public speaker, and a licensed trainer of NLP and has over 20 years experience developing and facilitating training programs for business. 

As a coach, speaker, and trainer with a performer’s unique flair, she offers dynamic and entertaining workshops and that apply acting and improv methodology to “real world” leadership, presentation, and business communication training. Rachel is a contributing author to the book “Words of Wisdom” along with Brian Tracy and Dr. John Gray. (2013 Amazon.com) On the creative side, Rachel has been working as an actor for more than twenty years, training in Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and a versatile actor and producer as well as an award winning director. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-Aftra) and has written and performed sketch comedy with a variety of improv troupes in both Canada and the United States.

 

Facilitator

Facilitator

Rico Bruce Wade

Rico served as Producer of The Second City - Detroit where he oversaw the operation of a 52-week Equity theater, its resident company, touring company, business communications division and training center.  He has 30 years experience as a developer and facilitator of workshops in improvisation, business communications and comedy. At Second City Business Communications he developed programming to help clients identify and eliminate obstacles to productivity and turn insights into innovation. He spent four years with the Transforming Theatre Ensemble helping businesses identify and overcome workplace bias. His corporate clients have included the Ford Motor Company, General Motors, United Auto Workers, Little Caesar Enterprises and McCann Detroit. He also developed Play!, an introductory course in improvisational theater, Theatrix- Improv at Michigan State University and the St Charles Distance Learning Workshop. He is currently an instructor and artistic advisor for The Detroit Creativity Project. 

Instructor

Instructor

Sean Paraventi

Sean is an actor, improviser, teacher and award winning playwright. In addition to his work with The Improv Advantage, he helps to train physicians working with the standardized patient program at Oakwood Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital.  He also has over ten years experience facilitating consumer education as well as marketing and promotions for major automotive manufacturers. Sean is an instructor at Michigan Actors Studio and the Cranbrook Theatre School as well as a founding member of ComedySportz Detroit.