Dr. Raquell Holmes is a pioneer in the use of improvisation and performance to advance scientific research communities. Trained formally as a cell biologist, Holmes works in the fields of high performance computing and computational sciences. As the founder of improvscience, she uses her training in human development and performance from the East Side Institute to help scientists build collaborative learning and research environments.

Marian Rich is a recruiter, actress, comic educator and trainer. Through her company, Career Play Inc., she uses social therapeutics to help people grow through playful workshops and individual coaching. She has performed improv comedy for over 20 years and has been teaching improv for a decade. Marian leads improv workshops and trainings in a variety of settings, from the non-profit All Stars Project to NYU Stern School of Business.

Mia is a native New Yorker who is an actor/ writer/ director. Cast in several award winning films including "Production," "If I Leap," and "Sleep," she recently wrapped a feature film, "The Widowers," for Charred Oak Films. She is a member of the Off-Broadway Rising Sun Performance Company, where she was a contributing writer to the collaborative play in development, "Henry's Wives," in addition to directing several pieces. Since returning to New York in 2006, Mia has directed five staged readings and five one-act productions. 

Andres Marquez-Lara is a skilled facilitator who integrates his background in the fields of mental health, community engagement, and theater.  Mr. Marquez-Lara is the Founder and President of PrometheanCommunity LLC, a consulting company that strengthens communities through performance. He works with community stakeholders to design highly experiential, individualized workshops that help them explore how they relate to one another, and discover new ways of doing so.

Nicholas Gross earned his Ph.D. in physics from BU and has been working on a variety of education projects for over a decade. Dr. Gross is recognized as an expert in the development and delivery of interactive and engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programs for a wide range of people, including: public audiences, undergraduates and graduate students in specialized workshops, and in teacher professional development.

Neil has a Ph.D. in Brain & Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester, where his research focused on adult word learning and speech processing. He was later on the research staff at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. During that time, he also taught at the University of Tuebingen, in Tuebingen, Germany. Neil lives in Philadelphia.
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