Friday March 17, 2017
1 PM – 2PM ET
Surprising Insights from Improv!
Guests: Rich Battaglia, Nedra Weinstein, and Jon Gailmor
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There’s nothing like acting it out to discover the hidden truth, the disconcertingly obvious, and the spark for creative breakthroughs. These guests know how it happens.
Rich Battaglia was introduced to Improv in 1983, attending classes at National Improv Theatre (NIT) NYC. He was hooked from the first demonstration of The Art of Improv. He attended classes at NIT and became a member of the performance group Assembly, eventually teaching and helping write a course that trained corporate leaders, ‘Thinking on Your Feet’. After moving to Washington, DC. He founded the DC Improv Troupe ‘Now This’, which he led from 1989 through 1994. He started the improv teaching program at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo and taught Improv for Middle School Students from 2001 through 2005. He directed the troupe ‘IGGE’ (The Improv Guild of Glen Echo) made up of high school students he had taught. Rich has led an eclectic group of Chevy Chase residents in a weekly improv class since July 2011. There have been 5 performances and ‘System One Thinking’ continues to this day. Rich is a graduate of Temple University where he studied math and music. He is currently assisting with teaching Improv to special needs students at George Mason in Fairfax this semester.
Jon Gailmor is a Vermont-based singer, songwriter, creative facilitator and educator. The host of a children's music radio show, Just Kiddin, broadcast by WDEV in Vermont since 1979, Gailmor has sung witty tunes about circus animals ("Jumbo the Elephant"), dogs who pursue an education ("Randy and Ned Go to School"), the joys of sandboxes ("Dirt!"), the suburbanizing of America ("Edifice Complex") and international brotherhood ("Letters").
He spent his early years in Ossining, New York, moved with his family to a suburb of Philadelphia at the age of four and Connecticut at the age of 14. Much of his political consciousness was inherited from his father, William Gailmor, a reporter for The Daily News and PM magazine and a radio talk show host who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. The folk music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Josh White was heard regularly in the Gailmor home. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1970, he turned to music, performing in a duo with fellow singer/songwriter Rob Carlson. In 1978, he released a solo album, Passing Through. The turning point in his career came when he began performing for youngsters. Although his radio show was intended as a one-time project, it proved so successful that it was expanded into a weekly show that continues to be aired two decades later. Gailmor's first album that included children's songs, Gonna Die with a Smile, was released in 1979. His most successful recording, Dirt!, included the title track which received an honorary mention as Best Children's Song from the National Academy of Independent Record Distributors in 1984. Gailmor's subsequent releases have been directed at both adults and children. His 1987 album Generations and his 1995 album Childish Eyes, were inspired by his and his wife Cathy's experiences as the parents of three children (Aaron, Maya and Michaela).
Nedra Weinstein is principal with Arden Consulting, an organization development firm that provides services to clients in the private and public sectors – including team and leadership development, coaching, strategic planning culture change, and group meeting facilitation. Her expertise is in designing programs that address organizational needs and she ensures that goals are met through skilled high-energy facilitation that fully engages participants.
Recent clients include Department of Interior, Montgomery County, National Public Radio, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Drug Information Association, and University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition, Nedra is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland University College and Georgetown University teaching Leadership, Communication and Organization Development and Transformation. In the past she has also taught at George Washington University and American University. Nedra previously worked as an internal consultant for organizations including the Public Broadcasting Service, The Washington Post, MCI Communications, Phillip-Morris and the Virginia Department of Mental Health. As a past president of the Chesapeake Bay OD Network (CBODN) and frequent presenter in professional programs she has been a leader in the organization development field.
Nedra has a MS in Organization Development from American University; a MS in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. She is a Certified Professional Coach from the College of Executive Coaching. Nedra has also studied improv in classes with Rich.