Rachel Bellack


Rachel Bellack is a teacher, an actor and award-winning director as well as a Credentialed Leadership Coach and Organizational Development Consultant. She uses Applied Improvisation and Positive Organization Development approaches to assist individuals, teams and organizations in areas such as innovation, communication, team building, leadership development, culture and change management.

After moving to the USA from Canada, she was invited to join the famed Second City as an instructor at the Detroit Training Center and has served as faculty and guest lecturer at a variety of universities. In addition to her role at The Improv Advantage, Rachel is the Director at Michigan Actors Studio and a Producer at ComedySportz Detroit. In 2018 she was invited to join the Forbes Coaches Council and contributes to their Leadership Channel.

Rachel’s articles on Improv for Business have appeared in Forbes and Training Magazine and she is a contributing author to the book “Words of Wisdom” along with Brian Tracy and Dr. John Gray (2014)

Currently, she is studying Positive Organizational Development and Change at Case Western Reserve University.

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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. 



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.